- Admission, Performance Evaluation, and Progression in Off-Campus Placements
- Attendance, Deportment and Appearance of Medical Students in Teaching Hospitals
- Cross Campus Lecture Attendance Policy
- Proficiency in English
- Special Examinations
- Time Limitation for Completion of the MD Program
Students registered in any year are expected to take the courses of instruction and, are required to take the examinations in all subjects prescribed for that year, unless otherwise permitted by the Assistant Dean, Admissions & Student Affairs. Classes desiring a change of scheduling of any lecture, seminar, clinic or laboratory period must have the permission of the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education. Emphasis will be placed on all small group participation. A student must satisfactorily pass this component in order to progress in all years of the program.
Externships, Practicums, Practice Teaching, Clinical Placements, and other such programs, providing students with specialized training under professional supervision in selected institutional and community settings, are an important component of a number of undergraduate degree programs.
Admission to an off-campus placement is granted by a host institution on the recommendation of the relevant teaching Department, School, or Faculty of the University or Affiliated University College.
Students granted admission to an off-campus placement are subject to all the rules and regulations of the host institution. It is recognized, provided that client confidentiality is maintained, that discussion by the student of the content of his or her professional training placement with the academic Faculty involved, is a necessary and desirable feature of such placements.
Ultimate responsibility for evaluating the performance of each student rests with the faculty members of the student's home Faculty, School, or Department. Students who fail to meet the requirements of the host institution, or whose performance is judged to be unsatisfactory, or whose behaviour places the host institution or its patients or clients at risk, will be reported to the Dean of the student's Faculty. The Dean, or his or her designate, on the recommendation of the Department or School concerned, may suspend the student's placement, withdraw the student from the placement, or take such other action as may be warranted.
Each student is expected to fulfill clinical responsibilities involving patient care as part of the health care team and is responsible for being present according to hospital (or clinical facility) schedules as part of their academic requirements.
Learning in a teaching hospital or community placement means presenting yourself in both dress and behaviour in a way that meets the expectations of the people encountered. Being ill is a major episode for a patient, and it is often an emotionally upsetting and apprehensive time for them. It is important that all team members be perceived as trustworthy and credible by the patient. Jewellery, hair, dress and behaviour that appear bizarre or outlandish to patients will only add to the distress they are already feeling.
Patients are often considerably older than medical students and the student's youthful appearance may be unsettling. A medical professional, which is how you are presenting yourself, must extend courtesy and consideration for the feelings of the patient population. Not only is it a sign of maturity and professionalism to put the patients' interests ahead of one's own, it is the mark of a good doctor.
Attending physicians, surgeons and health care providers bear full responsibility for their patients' welfare. As such they have the right to deny students the right to work with their patients if they feel the student's manner of dress or conduct is inappropriate.
Complete details and attendance and absenteeism, Absence /Leave Request Forms::
From time to time, in the course of the four year MD program, students assigned to one Schulich Medicine campus may find themselves wanting or needing to attend lecture at the opposite campus to which they are assigned. Campus assignment is done deliberately to ensure that there are adequate resources and learning opportunities for all students and therefore attending lecture at a site to which a student is not assigned is allowed only on rare occasions and at the discretion of the appropriate Administrative Offices of Schulich Medicine.
• Students must complete a Request Form to attend lecture at the opposite campus, please follow the follow link for complete details and the the online line request form.
• Students who are found attending the opposite campus for a second time without appropriate permission will be required to meet with the Associate Dean- Undergraduate Medical Education or the Associate Dean- Windsor Campus, and a letter will be placed on their file.
Each student granted admission to Western must be proficient in spoken and written English. Students must demonstrate the ability to write clearly and correctly. Work presented in English in any subject, at any level, which shows a lack of proficiency in English and is therefore unacceptable for academic credit, will either be failed or, at the discretion of the instructor, returned to the student for revision to a literate level. To foster competence in the use of the English language within their own discipline, all instructors will take proficiency in English into account in the assignment of grades.
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program is a four-year full-time program. Students with extenuating circumstances may be granted a leave of absence while enrolled in the program. The MD program must be completed in no more than six consecutive full years from the date of initial registration. This restriction is in place to ensure cohesion and continuity within the context of the professional education program. A student who fails to complete the program in six years, for any reason, must withdraw from the medical program.
A student who fails to complete his or her course of study satisfactorily within the stipulated period of six years will be granted readmission only in light of extraordinary extenuating circumstances. An application for readmission must be appproved by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Appeals Committee.