Since OUM’s innovative online approach allows a certain amount of flexibility during the pre-clinical phase, many students elect to work reduced schedules during that portion of the curriculum. However, medical school requires a tremendous time commitment to absorb and digest a huge quantity of very complex information. Many students find it difficult to work and also devote enough time to their studies. OUM has no official policy against students working during pre-clinicals, but it is discouraged. During clinical rotations, OUM strongly advises against working and in many teaching hospitals it is, in fact, prohibited.