To outline guidelines on the maximum number of hours medical students are expected to spend in clinical and educational activities during the clerkship and post-clerkship phases of the curriculum.

All medical students in the clerkship and post-clerkship phases 

8.8 Monitoring Student Time


  1. Student duty hours must be limited to 80 hours per week.
  2. Students must not work beyond 16 continuous hours.
  3. Students must be provided with 1 day in 7 free from all educational and clinical responsibilities averaged over a 4-week period.
  4. Adequate time for rest and personal activities between required educational activities should be provided. Optimally, this should be a 10-hour period but must be a minimum of 8 hours.
  5. Overnight shifts should not exceed 6 nights in a row.
  6. Students participating in required daytime educational activities must be excused from clinical rotations at 11 PM on the previous night to ensure meaningful participation.
  7. Home-call shifts will count toward duty hours.


  • Duty hours: time spent on all clinical and academic activities related to students, i.e. patient care, administrative duties related to patient care, the provision for transfer of patient care and scheduled academic activities such as conferences, and didactics. Duty hours do not include reading and preparation time spent away from the duty site. Travel time to rural sites shall be included in Duty Hours calculations.
  • Home-call: students are not on site but expected to come to the hospital if requested.


  1. The Medical Student Duty Hour Policy will be communicated to students and supervising physicians (including residents, fellows and faculty) in writing as well as to the students verbally during their Transitions to Clerkships course and during the clerkship orientation.
  2. Work hours must be documented on the log card or other provided logging document.
  3. Work hour violations can be reported through an anonymous survey that is accessible on all clerkship/course websites.
  4. This policy will be monitored for compliance by the Office of Medical Education, Instructors of Record and the Dean of Curriculum and Medical Education.
    1. If it is found that students have worked beyond the allowable time frame as described above, the Dean of Curriculum and Medical Education will meet with specific Instructors of Record to ensure compliance with the policy.
    2. The Committee on Educational Policy will receive a quarterly report on compliance on the Duty Hour Policy.
  5. Retaliatory action against students who accurately report infractions of this policy is prohibited. Persons, including attending physician and residents, found responsible for retaliatory actions of any kind will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Course Directors
Curriculum managers


Office of Medical Education

Office of Medical Education*
Curriculum Managers
Block Council
Committee on Educational Policy

May 2021; 3-year cycle