Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, September 28, 2018
Thanks for your question. While I cannot speak on behalf of a medical program, I can only speak from the corporate side.
Typically, charges won't impact a hiring decision unless there is a conviction. Even then, the nature of the conviction has to be related to the responsibilities of the job. For example, if you were applying for a position that required a lot of driving of company vehicles, and had a conviction related to a driving charge, that might be something that would be reviewed very carefully by an organization's legal/HR team. Even so, it would be hard to change a hiring decision if you could prove that conviction would not limit your ability to perform the job.
Now, with that said, each organization has different approaches to these situations, and may or may not be willing to make a hiring/employment decision.
As a whole, though, if the charges were dropped, I wouldn't see why a medical program would allow that to impact their decision. It's probably something to be transparent with in the process, though, so that there aren't any surprises with the program decision makers.
Best of luck in your applications!