Leaves of Absence

MD Program

School Absences (Planned & Unplanned)
Please visit the School Absences page to learn more about absences in the MD Program.

Leaves of Absence (LOA)
There are two types of leaves from the MD program: (1) for personal reasons and (2) for academic enrichment. Personal LOAs can be for many reasons including medical or parental leaves.

A leave of absence from the MD Program constitutes an official, temporary withdrawal from your studies, and is recorded on your medical school transcript. During pre-clerkship, LOAs are typically about a year and you will return to the start of the course during which you took the leave. During clerkship, shorter leaves can be accommodated. Our team works with all learners who take an LOA to plan for successful return and continuation in the program.

For more information please visit the Leave of Absence page to learn more.

If you would like to discuss going on a Leave of Absence you should request a meeting with the Director, Undergraduate Learner Affairs. Prior to going on a leave you will need to formally submit a Leave of Absence request.

Postgraduate Medical Education

Leaves of Absence
Thinking of taking leave from your Residency? The Leaves of Absence fact sheets below can help answer your questions about the different types of leaves of absence.

Types of Leave – Comparison table
Educational Leave
Emergency, Family, and Bereavement Leave
Medical Leave
Personal & Compassionate Leave
Pregnancy and Parental Leave