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Although attendance at all scheduled classes is expected, attendance is mandatory for all small group sessions, preceptorships, and patient presentations.  Daily attendance on clinical clerkships is mandatory. Attendance is mandatory for all examinations, including written, oral, and observed clinical structured exams. 

Students are responsible for being present at the beginning of all examinations.  Students who arrive after an examination has begun may be refused admission to the examining room, thus jeopardizing their course grade. Excused absences will be considered for the following circumstances:

  1. Medical or family emergency.
  2. Oral or poster presentation at a national meeting.
  3. Running for or holding national office in a national organization.
  4. Pre-approved service as an interviewer/tour-guide for the Office of Admissions.
  5. Residency Interviews (on a limited basis as described in course or clerkship orientation materials).

Students seeking an excused absence should do so as far in advance as possible.  Any required sessions, clerkship days or examinations must be made up in a manner suitable to the clerkship or block director and the Executive Associate Dean or his or her designee.  Whenever possible, missed work should be completed within 6 weeks of the original assignment. 

Unexcused absences from a scheduled exam will result in a grade of “F” for that examination.  The final grade of a clerkship will account for the failed examination grade as determined by the clerkship director.   Unexcused absences from NBME or OSCE exams will result in the student being charged for any additional costs associated with rescheduling of the examination. 

Permission for any deviation from the academic schedule must be obtained from the Executive Associate  Dean or his or her designee.  During Applications, Discovery, and Translations, the designee is the Associate Dean for Clinical Education.  

During the clinical clerkships, students must adhere to the duty hour guidelines as outlined by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Duty hours must be limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period, inclusive of all in-house activities. Students must be scheduled for a minimum of one day free of duty every week (when averaged over four weeks). The student maximum duty period length must not exceed 16 hours in duration and should have a minimum of 10 hours off between scheduled duty periods.