Absences & Attendance

Absences and attendance policies vary for each educational lecture or experience. Please review the following information for specific policies.

Absences from M1 & M2 Core Lectures and Basic Science Core Small Groups

In general, notification is necessary only for sessions involving less than the whole class (e.g. small groups or other situations where the Core Director notes that attendance is required). In these cases, students must notify the Core Director when they will be absent.

Problem-based Learning

Attendance for all Problem-Based Learning small group sessions is mandatory:

  •  If a student is absent, no matter for what reason, facilitators are to mark the student as "absent" from PBL.
  •  If a student is tardy, facilitators should note the tardiness (how long) in the comments section of the Student Assessment. Students are not to confront or argue an excuse for a tardy with his or her facilitator.

All student absences will be collected and entered into a spreadsheet and kept at the Educational Support Office. Absences/tardiness will be kept in a cumulative total throughout all years in medical school. Core Directors and Year Directors will be given a list of all student absences (cumulative) at their respective meetings and will be able to discuss any patterns noticed.

For all absences after the first absence, students will receive a professionalism letter in their student mailbox noting the absence and all previous absences. This letter will also be sent to the Associate Dean for Admissions and Students and put into their student files. Letters in the student files can be used when composing the residency Dean's letters. Any consistent patterns of absences and/or tardiness may be handled by the Associate Dean as a professionalism issue to discuss with the student.

Absence from examinations/OSCE

Absence from examinations/OSCEs is not permitted except for illness or for obligations that cannot be rescheduled.  Examples include: presentation at a scientific meeting, funeral (near relative or very close friend), or as a major participant in a wedding.  Except for an illness or a funeral, students must request approval for an absence from the ESO prior to the start of the applicable core. Students with an illness must be prepared to provide supporting documentation from a physician. Make-up OSCEs cannot be guaranteed and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

M3 - M4 Years

Students missing clerkships/rotations for any reason other than illness or death in the immediate family must request approval at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the rotation.  No approval will be given for late requests.  Failure to follow this policy will be noted on a professionalism document.

Absence from Clinical Clerkships (M3)  
 The College of Medicine curriculum committee strongly supports allowing students one day off-service per week (each clerkship director will determine what day (if any) is appropriate).

 Absence is not allowed from required clerkships except as follows:

  • Students who have unexpected absences due to illness or death in the immediate family must notify the clerkship director as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate make-up.
  • Any absence will result in an incomplete grade until appropriate arrangements for make-up have been made.
  • Any unexcused absences from clerkships during the year will result in automatic review by the Scholastic Evaluation Committee.
  • Before taking time off the service, each student must obtain coverage for their patients and must inform the appropriate supervisory personnel of that coverage.

On Call frequency for required clerkships (M3)

The Clerkship Directors recommend that students not be on call more than once per week on average.

Absence from non-required clerkships / electives (M4)

 No more than 15 working days (and 4 weekend days) total absence will be allowed during the M4 academic year.

Students may take no more than 25% of the total time (5 working days plus two weekend days) off two (2) four-week, non-required clerkships or electives to pursue approved activities such as interviews (see below for rules regarding time for such interviews), USMLE testing, meetings, etc. The clerkship director must approve each student's request individually and determine what make-up, if any, is required.

Off-campus electives

Students may take no more than three elective months off-campus during the clinical years, if approved by the appropriate department. The three months does not include the Family Medicine preceptorship. The committee will not approve additional off-campus time to investigate residencies or for personal or social reasons.

Release time - residency interviews

Senior medical students may request up to five weekdays and two weekend days off from each of two non-required rotations for the purpose of interviewing for a post-graduate position. Absence request must be made to the clerkship director at least two weeks prior to the start of the rotation or the request will be denied.

Conflicts between religious obligations and patient care responsibilities

 Conflicts between religious obligations and patient care obligations are handled on clinical rotations much as they would be in clinical practice with patient care responsibilities taking precedence unless coverage has been previously arranged.

 Departments should make every effort to respect students' religious customs and to adjust the on-call schedule to allow students to observe religious activities as long as this does not penalize other students or jeopardize patient care.

The student must inform the department of his or her request well in advance of the rotation if it is to be incorporated in the on-call schedule. When scheduling conflicts cannot be resolved, however, it is up to the student to make sure that their patient care and on-call responsibilities are met in full. In the event that students cannot obtain coverage, they are expected to take call themselves, regardless of the religious conflict.

Health Care issues

Students with health care issues requiring absences from cores or clerkships will be accommodated if at all possible. Appropriate arrangements must be made by the students to discharge their required obligations during their absence.

 

 

 

 

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