Town Hall Q&A 7/19/2021


Has there been any change regarding the 4 OOTs (away from clinic) that we are allowed in 6th year? I know that each student can only accept one rotation through VSAS, but I wanted to double check that the policy reagrding total # of OOTs per year hasn’t been changed. Thanks!



Answer below comes from the Curriculum Office

The UMKC SOM is closely following the AAMC Coalition for Physician Accountability guidelines regarding medical student away rotations for the 2021-2022 academic year. Due to the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are limited to 1 out of town elective experience. However, the Council on Curriculum still recognizes per policy that Year 5 & 6 students are allowed 4 out of town, or “away from clinic”, blocks in each year. These out of town blocks can consist of any combination of the one out of town elective permitted by AAMC, vacation block, or clinical electives at local institutions that are petitioned to be considered out of town. To request that a local clinical elective be considered out of town so to not attend weekly continuing care clinic, students must provide sufficient evidence that the learning experience in that elective is significantly impacted by attending their regularly scheduled clinic day – i.e. a clinical surgery elective where your attending physician only performs surgeries on Tuesdays, which is the day of your clinic, meaning you will miss out on key learning opportunities. Our affiliate sites are aware of the educational importance of continuing care clinic and will regularly work with students to schedule learning activities around this required clerkship. In the instance that is not possible, then a petition to the Council on Curriculum is required. Requests for academic or research electives at local institutions to be considered out of town are not typically permitted but will be considered on a case-by-case situation.