Classroom Behavior Policy

Students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior in the classroom as demonstrated by punctuality, respect for others’ opinions, attentiveness, and courtesy.

Dress Code Policy

All students are expected to dress in appropriate professional attire during the entire course of their medical school education at the PLFSOM in the classroom, clinic or hospital. Professional dress would include (but not be limited to) clean clothing, no holes, no open toe shoes, no shorts, no sweats.

The student is expected to be compliant with the OSHA guidelines when seeing any type of patients – standardized or real patients - or during any lab experience.

Hats, caps, and other head gear are not permitted in the classroom. Only headgear worn for religious purposes and approved in advance by the Office of Student Services is permissible.

Electronic Devices in the Classroom

The use of electronic devices in the classroom setting (i.e., laptop computers, PDAs, etc.) is to be limited to that which is necessary for that particular class. Cell phones are to be turned off or placed in vibrate mode. Unauthorized use of audio and videotaping is prohibited.

Bluetooth headsets for phones should not be worn in the classroom setting.

Testing Policy

All formative and summative computer testing will be done at a designated location with secure access. The student will not be allowed to bring anything into the room during the testing so they should allow ample time to store their belongings. (Lockers are available in the colleges.) Scratch pads, calculators and other items needed for the test will be provided.

Any unauthorized reproduction of test items by any method is a serious breach of the Medical Student Code of Professional and Academic Conduct and will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the School of Medicine.

Duty Hours Policy

Preamble: The School of Medicine has the responsibility to develop and implement work hour policies for medical students, especially those on clinical clerkship rotations, in accordance with LCME Element 8. These policies should promote student health and education.

  1. Students should not be scheduled for on-call time or patient-care activities in excess of 80 hours per week.
  2. Students should not be scheduled for more than 16 continuous hours (except as noted in #8 below).
  3. Students should have 10 hours free of duty between scheduled duty periods.
  4. Students should have at least one day off each week averaged over a one-month period.
  5. Students should not have more than 6 consecutive nights on night float duty.
  6. This policy applies to all clerkships/rotations in the third and fourth year at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
  7. It is anticipated that student attendance at clerkship seminars, conferences, and other didactic sessions will be facilitated by this policy and that provisions in this policy are not the basis for missing these sessions. Requests for excused absences from these sessions should be submitted to the clerkship director or his/her designees on an individual basis.
  8. During 4th year required clinical rotations, such as the Sub-Internship electives, the clerkship director may require overnight call to prepare students for internship and residency In this case, call rooms must be available for the student’s use at the facility and duty hours must not exceed 24 hours of continuous scheduled clinical assignments. Up to 4 hours of additional time may be used for activities related to patient safety, such as transitions of care. The clinical departments will determine the frequency of overnight call, but it should not be more frequent than every 4th night.
  9. Variances from this policy must be approved by the Associate Dean for Medical Education.
  10. Please see the common clerkship policies at