Students are required to make clerkship scheduling changes a
minimum of four weeks prior to the beginning of the clerkship period. This
ensures that students on the waitlist for that period can be accommodated and
that clerkship directors can plan patient care and educational activities.
Failure to adhere to this policy raises concerns about the professional conduct
of a student. Not exercising the forethought and/or planning to drop prior to
the deadline may put at risk the ability for the student to receive a pass with
distinction for professionalism on that particular core clerkship. Students who
fail to report for the first day of a clerkship, or drop a clerkship within
four weeks prior to the start date without permission, will be scheduled to
appear before the Committee on Performance, Professionalism and Promotion.
Among other potential consequences, if there is a second occurrence of a late
drop or other evidence of unprofessional conduct, a notation to that effect
will be included in the student’s Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE).
updated August 2019