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Procedures and Guidelines

Leave of Absence

Categories: attendance leave of absence UGME

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Introduction

Purpose:

To ensure students have the ability to request defined periods of time away from the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Program.

Principles:

Consideration will be given to reasonable requests for time away from the UME program.

All leaves must ensure that when granted, will not compromise the student and program goal for a successful outcome of their undergraduate education.

Scope of this Policy:

This Policy pertains to all UME students in the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine.

This Policy includes students based in all current UME program sites.

This option for leave exists outside the current policies guiding both the Pre-Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy and the Clerkship Attendance and Absence Policy of the MD Program.

This Policy is to consider long term leave of absences (ie. Health related, parental, education leaves).

Policy

The UME Program reserves the right to grant defined leave of absences while maintaining expectations and rigors of a professional program.

Responsibilities

Administrative staff with oversight by the Program Manager and Academic Director are responsible for operationalizing the procedures outlined, in consultation as required with the Associate Dean UME.

Non-compliance

Instances or concerns of non-compliance with the Leave of Absence Policy should be brought to the attention of the Vice-Dean, Education or the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, within the College of Medicine. 

Procedures

  • Students shall apply in writing (email letter is permissible) to the Student Academic Management Committee, (SAMC) Chair, cc’ing the Program Manager requesting a defined period away from the UME program. This request will be shared with the Associate Dean Undergraduate Medical Education, Year Chair, Year Site Coordinator.
  • This request must be made not less than 30 days prior to the student’s requested start date for the leave, whenever possible.
  • The program will consider all documentation and information in order to consider an approval or an amended recommendation for a leave. SAMC, whenever feasible, will be involved in decisions regarding return to program after an extended leave. For reasons of privacy, students may submit documentation through the Office of Student Affairs at the relevant site and the Office of Student Affairs will confirm receipt with the UME program.
  • The College of Medicine reserves the right to determine conditions of return to the program, including that a student may have to repeat portions of the program, if the leave requested exceeds reasonable expectation for retaining required clinical skills or to effectively make up material missed during the leave.
  • The process for return to the program and any conditions of return will be outlined in writing to the applicant.

Communication & Distribution

This policy will be housed on the College of Medicine Sharepoint, in the UME Admin common folder. It will also be housed in SAMC Sharepoint folder.  This policy will be posted on the College of Medicine website, under the Policies tab of the Students dropdown menu, as well as the policies tab of the Faculty Dropdown menu. Any updates approved by SAMC will be distributed to all Year Chairs and all admin coordinators/support staff responsible for the MD program across the province, who will distribute it to all faculty leads and the Year Sub-committees and Clerkship Sub-committee.

Contact

Academic Director, UME
Phone: 306-966-2750
Email: medicine.ugme@usask.ca