Policy on

Attendance in the First 100 Weeks

The Zucker School of Medicine highly values engagement through active participation in all educational and patient care activities, therefore attendance is required at all sessions.

Students must notify the school in advance via the Absence Reporting Form for any required sessions that will be missed. In addition, the student is responsible for notifying their faculty facilitator of the absence in advance of any small group sessions (PEARLS, PPS, Structure, Physical Diagnosis, Clinical Learning, etc.) and notifying their ICE preceptor, if the absence will affect a scheduled ICE session. The school may require a doctor’s note for absences in certain situations.

During Reflection, Integration and Assessment weeks (RIA), the student should notify the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible through the on-call phone, and also complete the Absence Reporting Form.

Students should refer to the academic calendar on the school’s website and course schedules in one45 before planning any travel.

Students who miss more than 25% of the required sessions in a course or clerkship will not be able to participate in assessments for that course/clerkship.

Failure to follow this policy or procedure may result in the following negative consequences, including but not limited to:

  • the requirement to make up missed time;
  • failure of the course;
  • reference in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE);
  • ineligibility for conference scholarships;
  • ineligibility for Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism Society, or departmental graduation awards;
  • removal from a leadership role(s); or
  • the filing of a complaint of breach of professionalism, with its attendant processes and consequences.

In accordance with New York State Law, each student who is absent because of his or her religious beliefs will be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements which the student may have missed because of that absence on any particular day or days. No student shall be expelled or refused admission to the School of Medicine because the student is unable to participate in any examination, study or work requirement because of his or her religious obligations and practices.

References to Regulations and/or Other Related Policies:
Guidelines Related to Absences for Religious Observances

Policy on Academic Advancement and Graduation

Policy on Leaves of Absence

Policy on Withdrawal

Last Updated: December 2021