The purpose of this policy is to outline the procedure for meeting a resident request for accommodation for religious beliefs or practices while ensuring that patient care is not compromised.
Upon request, residency training programs are obligated to extend a reasonable accommodation to the resident, unless the program can demonstrate in writing that it cannot reasonably accommodate the request without undue hardship on the conduct of the program’s business.
A. The following procedure must be followed by each resident requesting an accommodation:
a. The nature of the accommodation.
b. A statement that any didactic training lost during exercise of the accommodation will not be repeated for the requesting resident.
c. If the exercise of the accommodation results in lost clinical training time, it is up to the resident to make it up by agreement with his/her Resident Program Director.
4. In the event that the Program Director does not agree with the request for accommodation, the resident may appeal to the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, whose decision will be final.
B. The following procedure must be followed by each Resident Program Director upon receipt of a written request for religious accommodation:
C. In the event of an appeal of the Program Director’s decision, the Senior Associate Dean will review each party’s case and make a final determination of the program’s ability to make the accommodation.
GMEC Approved Date: April 17, 2018