Medical Student Work Hours Policy
All clinical rotations and elective rotations must adhere to the medical student work hours policy as
1) Each student is limited to 80 hours of assigned clinical duties per week averaged over the length
of the rotation. This includes time spent sleeping in the hospital while on call and departmental
or medical school sponsored core lectures.
2) Students are required to have one 24 hour period off in seven, averaged over the length of the
3) Working hours are defined as clinical activities related to their rotation, including clinical care,
in-house call, short call and night float. Working hours specifically exclude time spent at home
reading or studying.
This policy will be monitored for compliance by the clerkship directors, elective course directors and the
Associate/Assistant Deans for Education. If it is found that students have been compelled to work
beyond the allowable time frame as described above during the monitoring process via the course
evaluations, the Associate/Assistant Dean for Education will meet with the specific clerkship director to
assure compliance to the policy.
Students may report, anonymously, work hour violations to the clerkship director or any
Associate/Assistant Dean for medical education. Retaliatory action against students who report
infractions of this policy is prohibited. Persons, including attending physicians and residents, found
responsible for retaliatory actions will be subject to disciplinary action.
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