Students are allotted the following holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving and Summer and Winter breaks (see the academic calendar for details).
Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day start at midnight and end at 5am the next day; the weekend is not necessarily included. Thanksgiving break starts at 5pm on Wednesday and end at 5am on Monday.
The Perelman School of Medicine recognizes that there are other holidays, both religious and secular, which are of importance to some individuals and groups. Students who wish to observe these holidays must inform the course director before the course begins and during the site selection process, if applicable. The course director may provide the student with an alternative arrangement to make-up the day(s) missed, on-call assignments, exams, etc. The timing of make-up work is at the discretion of the course director and may fall during vacation periods. Missed days which can't be completed before the course end date will result in a grade of "Incomplete".
This general policy does not apply to sub-internships (where the student substitutes for an intern on a patient care team) or externships (where the student functions as an additional intern on a patient care team). In these situations, coverage is dictated by patient care needs, and holiday observances are the prerogative of the department involved. Students are advised to obtain departmental holiday policies prior to starting these rotations (and in the case of electives, prior to selecting the elective), and to discuss any special needs with the course director as far in advance as possible.