It is the policy of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix that students rotate through clinical sites at placements as assigned. A student who would experience significant hardship or specific educational need with site placement must follow the defined processes below for consideration of an exception.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from, and parking fees at, clinical sites.

This policy pertains to placement at available sites and does not include placement changes due to religious accommodations (see Religious Accommodations Policy).

For site reassignment due to a conflict of interest, see Conflict of Interest - Physician-Student Personal Relationship Policy or Conflict of Interest - Physician-Student Health Services Relationship Policy.


MS1 and MS2 Requesting a Site Change

Community Clinical Experience and Capstone courses will include information on requesting alternate site placement in the syllabus.

MS3 Requesting a Site Change

Student must follow the request process stated during Year 3 annual scheduling or contact the Program Manager, Clerkships. Only under special circumstances, and at the discretion of the Clerkship Director, will changes to Year 3 clinical assignments be allowed. All requests will be processed through the Program Manager, Clerkships.

MS4 Requesting a Site Change

A Year 4 change of schedule request can be submitted for students experiencing a career change, conflict with away/visiting student learning opportunity rotation or other extenuating circumstances. The student must receive proper approvals and submit within the stated timeline. Exceptions to this policy may be considered as detailed on the change of schedule request form.

Students also have the option to meet with the Associate Dean, Student Affairs and/or the Associate Dean, Clinical and Competency Based Education or Associate Dean, Curricular Affairs and Program Evaluation to determine if a change is warranted.

Curriculum Committee
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