Absentee, Weather & Holiday Policies

The Required Clerkship Curriculum Committee, which is composed of clerkship directors, students, and members of the Dean's Office, developed the following policy related to absences from clinical coursework.

UW School of Medicine Absentee Policy: updated July 2017

Please note: all requests for days off need to be submitted to the Department of Surgery Program Administrator


Work Hours Policy

The goals of the medical students and the faculty of the School of Medicine are one and the same: to get the best medical education possible while not ignoring overall health and happiness. Attention needs to be paid to both duty/work hours and personal time.

Work hours rules have been developed for residents, but similar rules have not been developed for medical students. There are obvious differences in terms of goals, reimbursement, and responsibilities between residents and students. Nonetheless, some guidelines for students apply.