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Leave of Absence

Requests for leave of absence (LOA) may be granted by the Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs or his/her designee or when recommended by a faculty committee.  LOA may be granted, if deemed appropriate, for health, personal, or family reasons, or for special academic study.  A leave of absence is generally granted for a period of one year or less, and readmission is automatic at the time agreed upon when the request is made, provided the issues necessitating the leave have been dealt with appropriately.  If for any reason the leave of absence extends beyond one year, the student must apply for readmission, unless a longer period for special study is approved by the Executive Associate Dean of Medical Education and Student Affairs or his/her designee.  The leave of absence does not extend the six year period allowed for completion of the standard MD degree unless the approved leave involves an academic course of study longer than two years to qualify for a degree or certificate.  The fact that this leave of absence will take more than two years must be made clear in writing to the Executive Associate Dean when requesting approval for the LOA. 

All students requesting a leave of absence must:

  1. Request the LOA in a letter specifying both the LOA start, and the return to medical school dates,
  2. Meet with the Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs or his/her designee, and
  3. Receive a letter from the Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs or his/her designee approving the leave. 

Discussion about planned absences (e.g. – for special academic study) whether involving study at Emory, or away from Emory, should be made as far in advance of the absence as possible, and preferably during the application process for the special academic course of study.  Optimally, written requests for such absences should be made at least 3 months in advance.