MD Program

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  • Student Handbook

    Absences

    Attendance expectations and absences

    Students are expected to attend all scheduled instruction in both preclinical and clinical courses. Students must notify course or clerkship director of absences resulting from illness or other unanticipated issues. Students must request permission in advance when an issue arises that will necessitate an absence from courses or clerkships. Any unexcused absence from a course or clerkship or from an examination may result, at the discretion of the course or clerkship director, in a failing grade.

    Absence from exams

    The Carver College of Medicine's Guidelines for Course and Clerkship Directors states: Unforeseen emergencies or family obligations may arise that conflict with scheduled examinations, and course directors are encouraged to be reasonable in balancing the legitimate needs of students, of the course or clerkship, and of the College.

    University regulations require that students be allowed to make-up examinations which have been missed due to illness, mandatory religious obligations, or other unavoidable circumstances or University activities.

    Time off from clinical clerkships

    M3 and M4 students are expected to use the online site to request and report time off from clerkships https://webapps1.healthcare.uiowa.edu/timeoff Students are expected to adhere to the following policies that accompany the time off request system:

    Medical students are expected to request in advance any time off that is needed from a clerkship. Students are also expected to report, after the fact, any absence that occurs due to illness or other unforeseen event. It is the clerkship director's prerogative to require that time off is made up. Time off may not be taken from one clerkship in order to make up time from another clerkship. A request can be made if a student needs to repeat an exam from a previous clerkship, but not on an orientation or exam day.

    Students should not request the first (orientation) day of a clerkship off or the exam day. Check the clerkship's ICON course materials for the exam day and time. Students should not request time off on the day of a Performance Based Assessment (PBA) exam. Passing the PBA is required to pass the clerkship and individual make-up PBA exams are not available. The PBA exam schedule can be found at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/md/pbabasics/.  

    If you are requesting a full day off from the Lab Med/EKG combined clerkships, you need to submit a separate request to each of the two clerkships. If you are requesting time off in the morning, submit your request only to EKG. If you are requesting time off in the afternoon, submit your request only to Lab Medicine.

    Go to https://webapps1.healthcare.uiowa.edu/timeoff/ for specific guidelines and instructions.