Transportation to Training Sites

Policy 520.00

Policy Statement

Travel to clinical sites is a requirement of the LCOM curriculum that begins in the first year of the curriculum.

All students must have a valid United States driver’s license and have access to a car to meet this requirement. Students completing clerkships at St. Mary’s Hospital will be operating a UVM-owned vehicle and must pass the UVM Drivers Safety Course prior to doing so. 

The Office of Medical Student Education will purchase one roundtrip airline ticket from clinical site to West Palm Beach, Florida for clerkship students completing a clerkship rotation in West Palm Beach. No compensation will be given to students who decline the roundtrip flight for alternate travel arrangements.

Policy Elaboration

In adherence with the University's Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Use Policy, students at St. Mary's Medical Center must follow all rules and regulations presented during the UVM Risk Management Driver's Safety Program. In addition to those rules, the following Larner College of Medicine regulations apply:

  • UVM vehicles are to be used for local driving only.
  • Each apartment in West Palm Beach (WPB) is assigned a vehicle. This vehicle must be left in the garage of the unit with a full tank of gas when departing WPB at the end of the clerkship/rotation. Keys must be left in the designated container on the kitchen counter when leaving. Students are responsible for the cost of replacing lost car keys.
  • Traveling to and from St. Mary’s takes priority over other local errands.
  • While in WPB there are a limited number of vehicles for the entire group of students who are completing their clerkships during the rotations, as well as occasional Advanced Integration level students.
  • One car will be housed at each unit, but all approved drivers are able to operate any of the UVM cars. It is the responsibility of the group to figure out a schedule to use the vehicle to get each other to and from the hospital/offices. Each unit has a garage, but vehicles may also be left in the parking lot if another student needs to drive it. (This will prevent the student from needing a key to another unit.)
  • It is the responsibility of the students sharing the vehicle to determine how much each student will contribute to purchasing fuel for the vehicles. UVM is not responsible for the cost of fuel.
  • If the vehicle is involved in an accident or is ticketed, the medical student must notify the Office of Medical Student Education within the first 24 hours following the incident.
  • Only approved UVM drivers are allowed to drive the vehicles. If an individual who is not approved is found to be operating a vehicle, this will be considered a professionalism issue and appropriate action will be taken.

Applicability of the Policy

All Medical Students

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

Not Applicable

Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)

Not Applicable


  • 5/20/2014 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 5/24/2016 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/20/2016 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 6/20/2017 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/17/2019 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 2/16/2021 Policy Edited [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Associate/Assistant Dean for Students

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