Inclement Weather Policy

Department of Medicine

Medicine Residency Program

Residents in the University of Washington Internal Medicine Residency Program are professionals and as such are responsible for ensuring that all patient care obligations are met regardless of absence due to inclement weather.

In the event that the University is in operation but a resident requests time off to deal with unanticipated problems related to natural disasters or severe weather conditions, chief residents, attending physicians, and program directors may approve requests to work less than the regular work schedule. Full day absences due to inclement weather in excess of the usual days off for a rotation, may be charged to leave balance. If the resident is on an ambulatory rotation, it may be possible to flex the resident’s schedule to make up missed clinics.