Medical Student Work Week: Foundations Level

Policy 530.10

Policy Statement

Medical students at the Foundations Level must average no more than 60 hours of total academic workload per week during the duration of the course. Within that time, scheduled in-class activities should account for no more than an average of 25 hours per week for the duration of the course. 

Scheduled in-class activities include:

  • Lectures
  • Small and Large group Active Learning Sessions
  • Labs
  • Clinical encounters (patient or simulation)
  • Assigned e-learning activities (in place of scheduled in-class instruction)
  • Longitudinal course activities (Professionalism, Communication and Reflection (PCR), Doctoring in Vermont (DIV), and Public Health Projects (PHP))
  • Exams

In addition to in-class activities, total academic workload includes time for independent and self-directed learning time to complete assignments and prepare for learning sessions as defined by the approved Standard Operating Procedures, a copy of which is found in each course syllabus. Workload does not include optional sessions or unscheduled study time.

The Course Directors maintain workweek compliance and the Medical Curriculum Committee reviews and approves the calendars prior to the start of each course.

Applicability of the Policy

Foundations Level Students

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

Not Applicable

Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)

  • 6.3 Self-Directed and Life-Long Learning
  • 8.8 Monitoring Student Time


  • 3/17/2020 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/7/2020 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 7/18/2023 Policy Edit [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Assistant Dean for Pre-clinical Curriculum

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