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The Student Handbook

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives for the MD Program

 Evaluations, grades and promotions

  • Internal evaluations  
  • External evaluations including USMLE policies  
  • Examinations  
  • Exam comment books  
  • Policies for students with disabilities  
  • Policies regarding failed courses and clerkships  
  • Evaluation in clinical clerkships  
  • AAMC transcript guidelines  
  • The Medical Student Promotions Committee  
  • Policies on tutoring  
  • Medical Student Mistreatment
  • Grades and Academic Disputes  
  • FERPA and access to academic files  


  • Attendance expectations and absences  
  • Absence from exams  
  • Time off for residency interviews  
  • Time off for USMLE exams
  • Policy Statement Supporting Breastfeeding Students


  • Extended academic schedules  
  • Satisfactory academic progress
  • Maximum time for degree completion  
  • Leaves of absence
  • Maternity / Paternity leaves of absence  
  • Dropping and adding clinical clerkships  
  • Specialty-Specific Faculty Advising
  • Withdrawal from the College  
  • Reinstatement to the College  

 Health policies

  • Health insurance  
  • Immunization requirements  
  • Needlesticks  
  • Respirator Fitting: Airborne Infection Prevention  
  • Substance use  
  • Policies for students with disabilities  
  • Personal counseling  

 Professional and ethical behavior policies

  • Ethical principles  
  • Professional conduct  
  • Honor Code  
  • Confidentiality  
  • Dress code  
  • Course and lecture evaluations  
  • Attention to administrative details  
  • Collegiate computer misuse  

 Miscellaneous other policies 

  • Collegiate policy on medical student duty hours  
  • General policy regarding on-call rooms 
  • Diversity  
  • Parking  
  • Smoking  
  • Scheduling a club or organization event  
  • Study space guidelines  
  • Cash handling policy  
  • Visiting medical students
  • Student Involvement on CCOM Committees and Councils  

Important University Policies and Resources