Quote from lostdruid
With regard to the poster who said that her school takes points off for missing class, wow...that seems hardcore. I mean, what if a family member died or you got sick to the point where you would be endangering your patients during clinical? In my opinion, it would be irresponsible to show up for clinical under those conditions and by shaving points off of the students overall grade for making a responsible decision really sort of sucks. Seems like turning in a doctors note would make the staff less inclined to take points away from the students.
I was that poster who said school takes points off for missing class. It was the lab skills portion of Fundementals that is held during class time. It was not clinical (out rotation) there you are allowed 3 absenses. On out rotation at the clinical site we are allowed 3 clinical absenses, after that you are dismissed from school. Its not so much our school..its the State mandating how much time each student is to be at the clinical sites.
3 hours IS a lot to miss in lab since we didn't have that many hours in each mod (and lab was only during the first two mods (a mod is like a semester). And in lab is where we were lectured on skills, had them shown to us, practiced and then we did a demonstration of the learned skill and were checked off to do it at the clinical site. There is only a couple of available hours to do makeup skills you orignially missed during the lab .
If your sick, then you're sick. But most of the people who missed time in lab were in class all day and blew off lab AFTER they demonstrated their skill and were checked off. They weren't sick, they were bored (since once you are checked off, you have to stay in lab and do any homework, studying etc you want to do..but you aren't to leave) or it was a nice day and they didn't want to be in lab or they went out the night before, got home late, up early, were usually hungover and wanted to go home to sleep.
I happen to agree with taking points off a final average for missing too much time from the lab. It certinaly detered a lot of people on the pass/fail line from leaving. and those are the people who should be spending as much time in lab and class as possible.