The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health developed a policy regarding the amount of time students spend in required activities, including the total required hours spent in clinical and educational activities during clinical rotations.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health ForWard duty policy

  1. Duty hours must be limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period, inclusive of all in-house call activities.
  2. No duty shift shall exceed 24 hours, plus six-hour signoff.
  3. Students are required to have at least one 24-hour period off per week on average.
  4. All students are advised to report overages to the designated clerkship administrator, or the assistant dean of students, or the ombudsperson.

Students are made aware of this policy during Phase 2 orientation at the start of Phase 2. It is also posted on the Phase 2 block Canvas sites, and included in all block orientations. In addition, it is included in the student handbook.