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Clinical Rotation Duty Hours Policy

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Clinical Rotation Duty Hours Policy

Duty Hours

1) Duty hours are limited to 80 hours per week averaged over the length of the rotation. This includes all clinical care, in-house call activities, and departmental and medical school sponsored core educational sessions including rounds, lectures, and seminars. Duty hours do not include time spent at home reading or studying.

2) No duty shift (such as a call day) may exceed 24 hours, plus 3 hour sign out.

3) Students are required to have one 24 hour period off in seven days, averaged over the length of the rotation.

4) Students may not have more than 12 consecutive hours on duty in the Emergency Department.

Compliance:

Clerkship directors, course directors, and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum will monitor this policy for compliance. Students will be advised to report violations to this policy by one of several ways. The student may directly report the violation to the clerkship/elective course director. Students may also directly report the violation to the Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum. At the end of each clerkship and elective course, students will be asked about course compliance with the student duty hours policy on the course evaluation form. The responses to the course evaluation form will be anonymous, and they will be reviewed by the Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum and the clerkship director. Additionally, students may anonymously report duty hour violations at any time through an anonymous on-line reporting system that will be reviewed by the Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum (link is also listed below).

If the duty hour violation is reported directly to the clerkship or course director, the course or clerkship director must investigate the report and attempt to resolve the situation. If the situation is not resolved, the student must report the violation to the Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum. The Assistant Dean will address these and any other reports of duty hour violations that were directly reported to him/her by meeting with the specific clerkship or course director.  The clerkship director will be required to submit a final report to the Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum and the Deputy Dean to summarize how the compliance issue was resolved.

ANONYMOUS REPORTING OF CLINICAL ROTATION DUTY HOURS VIOLATIONS (place link to form here)

ONLINE ANONYMOUS REPORT OF CLINICAL ROTATION DUTY HOURS VIOLATION

Please fill out this form if you have experienced a violation of the clinical rotation duty hours policy

  1. Where did the duty hour violation occur? (name the clinical site and rotation)

  2. When did the duty hour violation occur? (Give as much detail as you can, i.e. date and time)

  3. Who was your immediate clinical supervisor when the duty hour violation occurred? (Give us the name, position).

  4. Describe the incident.

  5. Optional, to allow follow-up from the Office of Medical Education: What is your name?