Attendance

Foundations of Medicine

Students are expected to attend class. The policies that govern attendance and dress code requirements are described in writing in the syllabus for each course at the discretion of the faculty member. Keep in mind that RUSM is non-sectarian and does not close for religious holidays. Attending examinations and other required exercises is mandatory. Missing a mandatory activity can result in a zero, except for the following:

Mandatory Activities (non-exam center activities, See Examinations section):

Petitions to Miss a Foundations of Medicine Exam or Miss/Reschedule a Mandatory Foundations of Medicine Academic Activity

The Associate Dean of Student Affairs or authorized designee will consider petitions for excused events that are not addressed by the above exceptions or course syllabus. Proper documentation and supporting documents must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or authorized designee prior to the event for review and consideration on the basis of extraordinary personal circumstances.

Clinical Sciences

Students in the Clinical Sciences curriculum are expected to be in attendance 100% of the time and comply with the dress code established by their respective preceptor. It is up to each individual hospital to enforce its attendance rules, and RUSM students are expected to abide by those rules.

Illness/Emergencies

Students are required to inform the hospital coordinator and/or preceptor of any absence due to illness or emergency. Additionally, students are required to email the Office of Clinical Clerkships at clinical@rossu.edu. Students may be required to provide documentation for an absence (i.e., note from physician). Students may be required to make up the time missed.

Weather-Related

RUSM defers to the clinical site to determine whether or not students should attend clinical clerkships during inclement weather. Students may be required to make up time missed for inclement weather.

Duty Hours

Ross University School of Medicine will follow the duty hour guidelines set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2017.

Duty hours are defined as all clinical and academic activities related to the education of the medical student.

Duty hours must be limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period, inclusive of all in-house call activities.

Continuous on-site duty, including in-house call, must not exceed 24 consecutive hours. Students may be on site for up to 4 additional hours in order to participate in didactic activities.

Time Away from Clerkships and Electives

RUSM permits students to take time off of clerkships and electives for residency interviews, conference attendance, and examinations. For every week of the clerkship/elective, a student may take a total of one half day for off for interviewing, conferences, and/or examinations; therefore, students on four (4) week clerkships are permitted a total of two (2) days off for these activities, students on six (6) week clerkships are permitted a total of three (3) days, and students on 12 week clerkships are permitted a total of six (6) days for interviewing, conferences, and/or examinations.

Please note that time away for interviews, conferences, and examinations must be pre-approved by your preceptor. Students are required to inform the hospital coordinator and/or preceptor in writing of ny time away from clerkships and electives as well as email the Office of Clinical Clerkships at clinical@rossu.edu.