Medical Student Policies

Policies governing all University of Minnesota Medical School students at the Central Campus in the Twin Cities and the Regional Campus in Duluth.

In addition to the below policies, all students are required to adhere to main University of Minnesota Policies.

COVID-19 Suspended or Temporary Policies

 

Due to COVID-19, there are necessary adjustments to medical student policies and procedures where adherence to the current, published policies is not feasible.  The UMMS has instituted a number of temporary modifications or suspensions to existing policies or policy components applied for specified periods of time and to specific student class years. Temporary or suspended policy descriptions are listed below. Effective dates indicate the date by which the change will expire or will be reviewed for extension. We believe these modifications help to ensure a safe and healthy environment at the UMMS during these unprecedented times. 

 

All Students

Effective Through: 6/31/21

Face-to-Face Learning Activities Impacted by COVID-19 Policy. The UMMS has developed a specific policy addressing excused absences and testing & symptom management. Students are expected to be familiar with this policy and adhere to its expectations. This policy can be found below under ‘Health and Safety’ below.

 

Class of 2021

 

Effective Through: 6/30/21

Step 2 CS Exam: The requirement to take and pass the Step 2 CS Exam, as outlined in the Academic Progress & Graduation Policy are suspended. All references in the policy to Step 2CS will not be considered for graduation.

Effective Through: 6/30/21

Modification to Clerkship Formats: The UMMS has created an A (virtual) and a B (on site) component for each clerkship due to interruption of lanes expected to continue into the next academic year, beginning 5.4.20. There is no change in core clerkship requirements, total credits, Graduation Competencies, or required diagnoses and procedures needed to meet advancement and graduation requirements.

Electives: There is a reduction in the number of hands-on credits required for electives to 4 from 8. All students will meet the expected number of elective credits required for graduation as stated in the Academic Progress & Graduation Policy.

 

Class of 2022

Effective Through: 6/30/21

Clinical Competency Assessment (CCA). Section ‘2b. Clinical Phase’ of the Academic Progress & Graduation Policy regarding the requirement for students to take the CCA are suspended. Classes noted above will not be required to take the Clinical Competency Assessment (CCA) for graduation. 

Effective Through: 6/30/21

Modification to Clerkship Formats: The UMMS has created an A (virtual) and a B (on site) component for each clerkship due to interruption of lanes expected to continue into the next academic year, beginning 5.4.20. There is no change in core clerkship requirements, total credits, Graduation Competencies, or required diagnoses and procedures needed to meet advancement and graduation requirements.

 

Compliance

 Medical students are expected to maintain continuous compliance throughout their medical education.

Incoming medical students have until October 1st of their first semester to become compliant with immunization requirements, Minnesota Background Study, Bloodborne Pathogens training, HIPPA training, and Security Awareness training. Duluth students also need to complete the National Background Study.

First year medical students will receive Basic Life Support training in the spring of year one, and are expected to maintain certification throughout the rest of their medical school career.

All medical students are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine between September 1st and November 1st each year.

Students are expected to be fitted for a respiratory mask prior to starting clinical rotations.

IMPORTANT: Failure to maintain continuous compliance in any of these requirements will result in a hold on your student account which could impact future enrollment, rotation participation, financial aid, and health insurance eligibility. Any student who falls out of compliance with immunization requirements or flu shot requirements will immediately be pulled from all clinical work.

Make sure to check your MEdIS Compliance tab and your MyBoynton Patient Portal prior to each semester to monitor your compliance status and expiration dates. Be sure to get any updates needed prior to the start of the following semester.

Click on any of the requirements below for more details on the requirement and what is expected of you.

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Policy & Procedures Advisor Group

The Policy and Procedures Advisor Group (PPAG) is charged with developing and implementing a schedule for regular review of OME Office-Level policies and procedures, reducing policy duplication, working with policy owner(s) on a Policy Development or Revision Plan, ensuring that policies adhere to school, University, State, or other regulatory requirements, and serving as the official record-keeper for current OME Office-Level policies and procedures documents that fall within the scope outlined in the policy below.

 The Office of Medical Education Policy on Policies establishes a framework, a common format and process, and roles and responsibilities for the adoption, review, revision, and dissemination of Medical Education Office-Level policies and procedures. Linked is the procedure for distribution of new or revised policies.

If you have questions regarding policy development and procedures, please contact the Director of Accreditation and Quality Improvement, Joe Oppedisano (joppedis@umn.edu).

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