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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Independent Study Policy

Students engaged in an approved research project  may be placed on Independent Study for a period of up to one year. The research must be approved prior to the start of the Independent Study period.  If the research approval is not received by the Office of Medical Education prior to the start of the requested time off, the student will be placed on a leave of absence for the duration of the time away.  Independent Study status cannot be retroactively instated.  During Independent Study status, a student will not have access to CTA UPass/Ventra card or federal student loans.  Private student loans for living expenses may be an option for a maximum period of one year.  We are required to report all leaves/interruption of medical education in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).  This is a brief 1-2 sentence description indicating the general reason for time away.

Notice of students going on LOA or Independent study will be provided to the University Registrar, Office of Student Accounts, and Chicago Financial Aid by the Feinberg School of Medicine Registrar.

Related LCME Standard 
3.2 Community of Scholars/Research Opportunities 

Last Updated: 10/17/2019