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The College of Medicine Curriculum Committee strongly supports allowing students one day off service per week.  Before taking time off the service, each student must obtain coverage for their patients and must inform the appropriate supervisory personnel of that coverage.

Senior students may be allowed time off of non-required electives in order to participate in medical meetings or to take USMLE Step 1 CK or CS exams.  The elective director must approve each student’s request individually and determine what make-up, if any, is required. 

Absence is not allowed from required clerkships.

Requests for more than 25% time off will be carefully considered before approval is given.  Advance approval by the Curriculum Committee will also be required. 

If students are absent from a clerkship/elective for any significant period of time, a note explaining the absence and make-up will be placed in the official student record in the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs.

Release Time – House Officer Interviewing

Senior medical students may request up to five (5) weekdays and two (2) weekend days off from each of four (4) non-required rotations/electives for the purpose of interviewing for a post-graduate position.  Absence requests should be made to the elective director at least two weeks prior to the start of the rotation/elective.  This elective director must approve each student’s request individually and determine what make-up, if any is required. 

It is the student’s responsibility to ask the clinical departments about planned absences.

If you are planning extensive interviewing, it may be best to schedule your month of vacation for interviewing.