Absence Guidelines

Policy on Absences

Excerpted from ABD Guidelines for Determining Adequacy of Clinical Training


Any departure from completing 36 continuous months of fulltime dermatology training, for example time lost for a medical leave of absence, should be documented and fully justified to the Board through the resident evaluation forms filed annually by the program director. 

An absence exceeding six weeks (30 weekdays) in any one academic year or a total of 14 weeks (70 weekdays) over three years, including vacation, should be approved only under truly exceptional circumstances. 

• Time away spent in program-approved conferences designed to develop dermatology-relevant competencies are not to be used in calculating the total time away from training. Residents may have up to 1 week (5 weekdays) per year for educational leave and anything beyond that would be at the discretion of the program director.

• In addition, any resident approved to sit for the certifying examination despite such an absence must either have completed each year of training in an above average or excellent manner or must complete an additional period of training at least equal in length to the total period of absence in excess of routinely provided total vacation time.

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