Clinical Campus Site Assignment
During the admissions process, the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) offers two campuses for clinical level training, one in Vermont and one in Connecticut. After students interview at the Larner College
of Medicine, they complete a form indicating their clinical campus preference and are accepted to one of these two clinical campuses. Students can request a change in clinical campus after acceptance and prior to matriculation through the Campus Assignment Appeal process contingent upon available space at the requested campus. During the pre-clerkship
curriculum (Foundations Level), there is a process for a medical student to request a change of clinical campus when circumstances support a change. Note that all final decisions will be dependent on clinical capacity considerations. Thus, there
is no guarantee that campus change requests will be accommodated.
The Office of Medical Student Admissions will be responsible for clinical campus assignments prior to a student’s matriculation.
Formal requests for reassignment to an alternate campus will be considered by the Office of Medical Education (OME).
Clinical Campus Change Requests
To be considered for a clinical campus change, the student must file a Clinical Campus Change Request Formand submit it through OASIS between the first day and the end of the second week of Foundations Level Year Two courses, after the summer between the first and second year. All requests to change clinical campuses will be included in a lottery to determine which students are able to make a campus change, unless they meet one of the following categories:
- When a student has a significant medical condition or disability that requires ongoing treatment in a specific location or limits their ability to travel to their current clinical campus and changing campuses would positively address the issue.
- When a student’s ability to be placed at their current clinical campus is inhibited by a responsibility to provide care to a family member with a significant medical condition and where changing campuses would positively address the issue.
- When a student is experiencing an articulable hardship, as determined at OME’s discretion, that makes it difficult to live within a reasonable distance of their current clinical campus and changing campuses would positively address the issue.
If the campus change request is based on an illness or a disability, students must contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) prior to uploading the request form to OASIS. Students requesting a campus change and accommodation should refer to the SAS website. An in-person or phone narrative and provision of documentation that meets the SAS guidelines is required. Note: this process may take up to 4 weeks.
IMPORTANT: Documentation to support a medical request should not include any personal medical information. When working with SAS, medical information should be submitted directly to SAS, and only the SAS accommodation letter should be uploaded to OASIS with the Clinical Campus Change Request Form. If space is not available, the student can meet with the Director of Student Support or the Associate/Assistant Dean for Students to discuss alternative options.
Upon receipt of the electronic request, including any supporting documents, the Office of Medical Education in conjunction with the Associate/Assistant Dean for Students or designee, will review and may reach out to the applicant for a meeting if additional details are needed to process the request.
Requests will be reviewed and approved or denied by the Clinical Campus Change Committee, the membership of which will include the following:
- an Assistant/Associate Dean for Students
- a student representative who is a third- or fourth-year member of student council assigned by that group,
- an Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) representative appointed by that office
- a member of the admissions team appointed by the Associate Dean of Admissions
The committee will meet once per year, after the close of applications, and will render a decision no later than the beginning of the fourth week of Foundations Level Year Two courses. If a student has met one of the three categories listed above, but space is not available for the student to change clinical campuses, the student can meet with the Director of Academic Achievement or the Associate/Assistant Dean for Students to discuss alternate options.
All requests not approved by the committee will be included in the lottery, provided there is availability to change based on the number of students requesting changes in either direction (CT to VT and VT to CT). If no availability for changes exists, the lottery will not be held.
Temporary Clinical Campus Reassignment Requests
In cases where an unexpected issue arises during the Clerkship Level that would be mitigated through temporary reassignment to the other clinical campus, students have the option to request a temporary reassignment for an upcoming clerkship. To apply for a temporary reassignment, students will need to complete and submit the request form through OASIS. Note, if the temporary request is related to an illness or disability, students must go through the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Office for documentation as described below.
Applicability of the Policy
Clerkship Level Students
Related Larner College of Medicine Policies
Related University of Vermont Policies
Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)
10.9 Student Assignment
- 2/18/2020 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
- 6/16/2020 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
- 9/2/2021 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
- 6/20/2023 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
Associate Dean for Admissions; Associate/Assistant Dean for Students; Assistant Dean, Clerkship Curriculum
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