Student Absences

Student Absences

Students in clinical coursework are expected to attend their clinical experiences as planned.  There are only three options for absences without ​penalty:

1.        Excused absence:  Situations occur that necessitate a student being absent, and the Clerkship Excused Absence Policy contains information about reasons ​for and the process of requesting an excused absence.  Students should provide as much advanced notice as possible regarding absences. Clerkships also recognize that unexpected circumstances arise. The excused absence form recently was updated to include self-care as a reason for an excused absence, whether self-care is needed for an acute physical or mental health need. Again, students should go through the appropriate process for notifying clerkships. An updated copy of the form is attached for reference and will be posted soon on the Council on Curriculum website.    

2.        Personal holiday:  Every student is allowed two personal holidays per academic year.  These holiday​s can be used for any reason but must be planned at least one block in advance of the start of the clinical rotation.  Student affairs tracks these and notifies the clerkship directors and coordinators of planned student holidays.

3.       SOM holiday:  All students are excused from educational endeavors on eight major holidays:  

o    New Year’s Day

o    Martin Luther King Jr Day

o    Memorial Day

o    Juneteenth

o    Independence Day

o    Labor Day

o    Thanksgiving

o    Christmas Day

 Information about absences is available on the Council on Curriculum Website: