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Work Hours

On weekdays students' work hours will be restricted to a 13-hour day beginning at 5:00 AM and ending at 6:00 PM. Their workday should NOT exceed this. On weekends students will report at the time designated by the chief resident on their service and leave when they are dismissed. Two students from each service are expected to round. The other students are not required to round. When on call the student will begin their call responsibilities at 6:00 PM by reporting to the senior resident in house for that night. If the student is on call on a weekend then he/she will report to the senior resident after making rounds. Students are excused by noon the day following call. Students shall adhere to the school hours limitation policy as stated below:

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Student Clinical Educational Hours

Clinical Educational hours (supervised clinical and academic activities related to patient care-not including reading/studying time spent away from the clinical site) on any required or elective clerkship (at SSOM or affiliate) must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Limited to a maximum of 80 hours/week, including all call activities.

2. At least 1 day (24 hours in duration) in 7 free of all clinical responsibilities.

3. A 10 hour time period between all daily duty periods and after in-house call to allow adequate time for rest, personal activities and study

4. The objectives of in-house on-call activities include learning/knowing how a hospital functions differently at night as opposed to normal daytime hours, caring for patients not primarily assigned and learning how to communicate with colleagues about their care, recognizing and treating acutely ill patients who require emergent hospital admission.

In house call must not be more than every fourth night and continuous on site duty, including in house call, must not routinely exceed 24 consecutive hours. (However, students may remain on duty for up to 6 additional hours to participate in didactic learning activities or to assist in the care of assigned patients.)

Before final Surgery Exam students will be released from duty on Thursdays no earlier and no later than 12PM -completing teaching rounds and having face-to-face feedback /evaluation session. Wednesday is a full day with regular call night.

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If a student thinks that he or she has been the victim of abuse by a faculty or staff member then he or she should report this immediately to the clerkship director.  The student will then be guided through the appropriate steps.  Although it is often difficult for students to report anything negative, it is absolutely essential that they do so.   The school policy on abuse is stated below:

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Loyola University Chicago is committed to maintaining and environment that respects the dignity of all individuals.  Accordingly, the Stritch School of Medicine does not tolerate mistreatment by or of its students, faculty, and staff.  Our mission requires respect among all individuals, the creation and maintenance of a positive learning environment, and a consciousness to model standards of behavior that are consistent with the Catholic and Jesuit heritage of our institution.

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Expectations for Medical Students

Students are expected to be of high moral character and to conduct themselves in a professional manner, maintain high ethical standards, and practice academic honesty in all of their educational endeavors.  Stritch students will:  converse appropriately and behave with personal integrity in all interactions in the classroom and patient-care setting; use the highest standards of professional, ethical, and moral conduct and will conscientiously care for patients under all circumstances associated with their illnesses; relate in a proper and professional manner to patients' families, especially under the always emotional and often tragic circumstances of a patien's illness; promote effective professional relationships with peers, residents, faculty, and staff to deliver quality patient care; and display behaviors that foster and reward patient trust in the physician, such as appropriate dress, grooming, punctuality, and respect for patient confidentiality.

To maintain a positive learning environment, the following behaviors are considered unprofessional and unacceptable:

physical and verbal intimidation; lying, cheating, and fabricating information; sexual harassment and patterns of sexual innuendo; and discriminatory actions based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion.

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Expectations for Faculty and Housestaff

As teachers, faculty members must embody and instill more than knowledge and skills to medical students and housestaff.  Their personal conduct should reinforce positive interpersonal behaviors, such as treating all people with respect; creating a learning environment where individuals are encouraged and expected to perform to high standards; and assuring that students and housestaff show respect for patients, staff, other physicians, and each other.  Such an atmosphere fosters an appropriate setting for learning.

Housestaff also are responsible to acquire and display the appropriate behaviors expected of a mature clinician, whatever the discipline.  Their interactions with medical students and healthcare staff are an exceptionally important measure of how they are viewed as a professional.

There is no tolerance for: physical or verbal intimidation; sexual harassment and innuendo; abusive comments related to personal characteristics of another (race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion); insulting or belittling remarks in any situation, especially when dealing with individuals who are trying to learn and may not know the answer; and allowing medical students and housestaff under your supervision to verbally or physically intimidate, abuse, sexually harass, insult, or belittle another person.

Many serious problems are not appropriately analyzed as problems of medical student or housestaff mistreatment.  Pedagogical inadequacies, failure to provide sufficient feedback, and being excessively demanding are matters requiring formative measures and are not covered by this policy.  This policy also does not demand that faculty members and housestaff change their personalities.  For example, it does not indicate that anger is unacceptable when things go wrong or that student criticism is inappropriate when they do something poorly.  It does, however, require that anger, frustration, and criticism be appropriately directed and not intended to injure the recipient.  

Faculty members and housestaff can expect the following treatment:  fair, timely, and thorough investigations; opportunities to respond to complaints;  dismissal of  baseless complaints; and discipline of accusers submitting unwarranted and malicious accusations.

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What should you do if mistreatment or abuse occurs?



Medical students are reluctant to discuss mistreatment for fear of reprisal; yet that often desire that alleged mistreatment incidents undergo proper investigation.  To address student concerns, Stritch provides informal channels through which students may discuss their concerns and receive counseling, as well as  formal reporting mechanisms through which complaints are investigated and appropriate remedies applied.

All attempts will be made to maintain confidentiality to the greatest extent possible.  Students are reminded that any complaint will be handled promptly and appropriate action taken with the goal of protecting the student from harm or any type of retaliation. 

Any complainant or witness found to have been dishonest or malicious in making the allegation of mistreatment will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Specific information is contained in the Student Mistreatment and Procedures statement distributed during annual orientation.

Contact the Office of Student Affairs (x63220) for assistance and additional information.



Contact the program director, Office of Graduate Medical Education (x63769), or Department of Human Resources (x63242).



Contact the department chairperson, Office of the Dean (x63223), or Department of Human Resources (x63242).

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Any student who feels they are too tired to safely drive home from the hospital will be provided a taxi home and back to the hospital the following morning.

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Updated: 04/13/10 ... Created: 09/23/06