Medical Student Work Week: Clinical Curriculum

Policy 530.20

Policy Statement

Medical students on clinical rotations must average no more than 80 hours each week during any four-week block of time. Work is defined as direct clinical care or time in the clinical setting. Work hours do not include travel or study time.  In addition, students on clinical rotations should meet the following:

  • An adequate rest period, consisting of 10 hours of rest between duty periods. 
  • A 24-hour limit on continuous duty. Students may choose to remain up to a maximum of four additional hours to provide clinical continuity of care or for educational activities. Student will not exceed a total of 28 hours on service.
  • On average, at least one day in seven, over a four-week period, free from patient care and educational obligations.
  • Overnight call, in addition to clinical responsibilities, in the hospital setting, is limited to no more than once every three nights.

Applicability of the Policy

Clinical Curriculum Levels (Clerkship Level and Advanced Integration Level Students)

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

Not Applicable

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

  • 6.3 Self-Directed and Life-Long Learning
  • 8.8 Monitoring Student Time


  • 5/20/2014 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 9/18/2018 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 3/17/2020 Policy Revised and Number Changed from 530.00 [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 2/16/2021 Policy Edited [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Level Director of Clinical Clerkship

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