1. Overview

Under MD Program rules, a student must enrol as a full-time student and undertake the program without interruption (unless approved by the Executive Dean). Key dates relating to the academic calendar for the MD Program are published on the Program website.

Phase 1 comprises the first two years of the MD Program. A number of teaching and learning activities in this phase occur in small groups and involve the development of skills such as working as part of a team and collaborative learning, which cannot be acquired in other ways. Many activities are offered only once a year. For these reasons, absences can impede a student’s academic performance and progression, and have a negative impact on other students’ learning.

These guidelines detail attendance requirements in Phase 1 of the MD Program, as well as procedures for requesting a Leave of Absence.

These guidelines do NOT apply to absences that prevent a student from completing a scheduled assessment. In such cases, please refer to the deferred examination guidelines and/or to the relevant Electronic Course Profile (ECP).