General Attendance Policy

As a member of a health care team during the third and fourth years of medical school, students are expected to attend all scheduled hours of clinical responsibilities and didactic instruction.  There is no guaranteed time off for holidays. Students are expected to follow the holiday practice of the clinic/hospital/site at which they are rotating.   Clinical responsibilities such as night call and rounding take precedence over holiday schedules.  If situations arise which require students to miss time from clerkship responsibilities, the guidelines below will be followed.

Excused Absences: Definitions and Required Actions:

Anticipated Absences:

Presentation of research at professional meeting

Residency interviews

Meeting with core advisor or Dean of Students

 Unanticipated Absences:

  1. Hospitalization of student
  2. Death of family member
  3. Illness

Failure to comply with any component of the above instructions will result in unexcused absence and loss of 5 points from the final clerkship grade for each day missed

Residents or faculty directly working with students cannot grant approval for absence.   Please do not approach these individuals, as approval by them is not official.

Unexcused Absences: Definitions and Required Actions:

Unexcused Absences include:

Revised 5/6/2014