Following the University's holiday schedule and NIH regulations, students will receive 2 weeks of vacation per year in addition to the designated holiday closures of the medical school. To arrange vacation time, all students must receive permission from the PIBS Director (for first year students) or from their thesis advisor (for students beyond the first year). Students need to contact the PIBS office or Program Student Service Representative (as appropriate for first year or more senior students, respectively) if they will be on vacation for longer than 14 days. Approval is automatic as long as the mentor has given permission. Circumstances such as family death, illness, or other crisis events will be considered on a case-by-case basis.