Clinical Supervision of Medical Students

Policy 532.00

Policy Statement

The Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) ensures that medical students involved in patient care are appropriately supervised at all times in order to ensure patient and student safety, that the level of responsibility delegated to the student is appropriate to their level of training, and that the activities supervised are within the scope of practice of the supervising health professional.

Policy Elaboration

In all school sponsored clinical experiences, students are under the supervision of Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine faculty. As such,

  1. All clerkship or course directors have faculty appointments.
  2. All preceptors who assign grades to medical students have faculty appointments.
  3. Faculty supervise all non-physician health care providers (i.e, PA, CNM, NP) engaged in clinical teaching and ensure they are working and teaching within their scope of practice.
  4. The director of the clerkship or course is responsible for communicating policies and procedures related to supervision to faculty and students participating in their clerkship or course, and for monitoring compliance.
  5. The director of the clerkship or course is responsible for ensuring that the level of responsibility delegated to a medical student is appropriate to the student’s level of training and experience, and for monitoring compliance.
  6. Students can report any concerns regarding supervision through the LCOM confidential learning environment reporting system. They may also report directly to the clerkship course director, the Associate/Assistant Dean for Students, or the Assistant Deans of the Clerkship or Advanced Integration Curriculum.

Applicability of the Policy

All medical students, faculty and clerkship directors

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

Not Applicable

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

9.3 Clinical Supervision of Medical Students


  • 8/6/2020 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 2/16/2021 Policy Edited [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 1/16/2024 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Level Director of Clinical Clerkship

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