Student Work Hours Policy

I. Purpose

University of Michigan Medical School Medical Student Work Hours Policy

The Medical school is committed to and responsible for promoting patient safety and student well-being and to providing a supportive educational environment. This policy is to clarify the requirements and protection to medical students regarding the hours they are required to work during their clinical and elective rotations at the University of Michigan.

II. Policy

All clinical rotations and elective rotations must adhere to this policy. Working hours are defined as clinical activities related to their rotation, which includes clinical care, in-house call, short call, and night float. Working hours specifically excludes time spent at home reading, preparing for the following day’s cases, studying for exams, and research done from home.

III. Procedures
A. Workload Limits

  1. Clinical and educational work hours must be limited to no more than 80 hours per week, averaged over the length of the rotation, inclusive of all in-house clinical and educational activities.
  2. Students are required to have one 24-hour period off in seven, averaged over the length of the rotation.

B. Compliance

  1. This policy will be monitored for compliance by the following:
    1. Required and Elective Clerkship Directors via direct reports and questions on end of clerkship evaluations
    2. Component III/IV Committee (through 2018) and Clinical Trunk Operations Committee
    3. Associate and Assistant Deans for Medical Student Education
  2. Course Evaluation Outcome

If it is found that students have been compelled to work beyond the allowable time frame as described above during the monitoring process via the course evaluations or direct reports, an Associate or Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education will meet with the specific clerkship director to assure compliance to the policy.

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C. Non-Retaliation

Students may report, anonymously, work hour violations to the clerkship director or any Associate or Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education. Retaliatory action against students who report infractions of this policy is prohibited. Persons, including attending physicians and residents, found responsible for retaliatory actions will be subject to disciplinary action.

IV. References
LCME Element 8.8 Monitoring Student Time