Vacation and Leave
- First- and second-year vacation schedules vary by Center.
First Year: During the first year, Indianapolis students will have a fall break, Thanksgiving break, term break, and spring recess. There is a summer recess between the first and second years of studies.
- Second Year: During the second year, Indianapolis students will have a fall break, Thanksgiving break, term break, and spring recess. There is a summer recess of approximately one month between the second and third years. Normally, students will sit for the USMLE Step 1 during this recess.
- Third Year: A holiday break is scheduled approximately midway through the third year. Third-year students have the option of choosing a one-month break or an elective.
- Fourth Year: Students are required to enroll in and pass three months of core clerkships and seven months of electives to satisfy academic requirements for the fourth year. Students may arrange vacation months as desired within these requirements.
Leave of Absence
A student wishing to request a leave of absence should discuss this matter with the Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs. A leave of absence may be granted to enable a student to resolve personal or health problems. A recommendation from the student's physician and/or counselor may be required.
A request for a leave of absence must be presented in writing. In general, a personal leave will not be granted to a student who has not yet completed at least one term in good academic standing unless he or she presents a compelling need. A non-medical leave will not be granted if requested within two weeks of the beginning of final examinations at the end of a semester. The maximum cumulative leave of absence for personal or health problems may not exceed 18 months.