Students interested in attending osteopathic conferences, lobby days, specialty-focused meetings, or any medically or educationally related presentation offered while classes are in session must submit a written request for an excused absence a minimum of 30 days prior to the event date.

Students must be in good academic standing. First and second year students must receive written approval from the course directors of the courses they will miss and from a representative of the Office of the Dean to attend the event. Third and fourth year students should follow the procedure for obtaining an excused absence from rotations as described in the Clinical Clerkship Manual.

Students are advised to wait until approval has been granted prior to making travel arrangements. Any costs incurred due to a student being denied approval to attend an off-campus event are the sole responsibility of the student.

Please refer to the Clinical Clerkship Manual for further information regarding third and fourth year students making similar requests.