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Guidelines for Advancement, Dismissal & Graduation

Advancement

All M.D. students in the University of Maryland School of Medicine must meet the following requirements for promotion.

  1. All students must meet all requirements for the degree of Doctor of Medicine within six years of matriculation. This does not include combined degree programs. The Advancement Committee in coordination with the Office of Student Affairs may recommend that the Dean grant exceptions to the six-year limit.
  2. Students must pass all coursework in year one in order to advance to year two. Specifically, students who have a non-passing grade or notation of “withdrawn” or "incomplete" in a first year course must achieve a passing grade in the respective course before being allowed to begin second year.
  3. Students must pass all coursework in year two, pass Step 1 of USMLE (see below), and fully participate in Introduction to Clerkships in order to advance to year three. Students who receive a grade of "F" in Pathophysiology and Therapeutics I must repeat the course prior to starting Pathophysiology and Therapeutics II.
  4. In the event that a student fails Step 1 of USMLE, the student will meet with the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Academic Development, and the director of the current clerkship. Decisions on continuation of clerkship will be tailored to the needs of the student based on academic and non-academic factors. At the end of the current clerkship, the student may not advance to another clerkship until Step 1 has been retaken. In the event of a second failure of Step 1, the above process applies, and the student will not be permitted to resume clinical activities until Step 1 has been passed.
  5. For advancement during year 3 and year 4, a student with two (2) or more un-remediated failures of clinical clerkship examinations at the same time, will be required to take time off of clinical rotations in order to study for and retake all of their failed examinations. The student will also be required to meet with the Office of Student Affairs regarding the scheduling ramifications of this remediation and effect on residency planning.
  6. A student will not advance and will be required to repeat the academic year in any of the following situations:
    • Three (3) non-passing grade within the Year 1 curriculum (excluding FRCT 510).
    • Two (2) non-passing grades within the Year 2 curriculum (excluding MSPR 523, MEDS 530, NBME 520).
    • Three (3) non-passing grades in required clerkships.
    • Recommendation to the Dean by the Advancement Committee based on student performance other than specified above, including an inability to function adequately in a professional manner.
  7. Students who have not completed their immunization requirements by appropriate deadlines may be suspended from class and clinical work. This is both a health issue and professionalism issue and is taken seriously. See also section on Student and Employee health under INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT SYSTEMS. (link to health policies)

Dismissal

A student will be dismissed under any of the following circumstances:

  1. Grades of "F" in two (2) required courses in the first two years*
  2. A non-passing grade upon repeating any course or clinical rotation**
  3. Three (3) failures of USMLE Step 1

* Excluding FoD, Step 1 Prep, Introduction to Clerkships, and the FRCT lecture series

** Unsuccessful attempts to remediate a "D" or "F" by reassessment will not count toward criteria for dismissal. Such students will then remediate by repetition of those courses during the following academic year.

A student will have their academic record presented to the Advancement Committee to consider a recommendation of dismissal under any of the following circumstances:

  1. Grades of "F" in any two rotations in the clinical years
  2. One grade of "F" in a subinternship, ICM 4 or FRCT scholarly project

Dismissal may also be recommended to the Dean by the Advancement Committee based upon student performance other than specified above including inability to function adequately in a professional capacity. Students who are dismissed from school at any point during an academic year will be required to withdraw from all coursework at the time of dismissal.

Graduation

All M.D. students in the University of Maryland School of Medicine must meet the following requirements for graduation.

  1. Requirements for all four years of the medical education program must be completed within the parameters of the M.D. curriculum.
  2. All requirements for the third year of medical school must be completed at least four months prior to an anticipated graduation date in order for the student to graduate at that time unless an exception has been granted by the Advancement Committee.
  3. All academic requirements for the fourth year must be completed before the date of pre-commencement, including successful completion of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
  4. All students must have completed the following administrative requirements: meeting with a student affairs dean about post-graduate plans and writing of the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE); exit interview with the Office of Financial Aid.
  5. Students graduating in December may participate in commencement exercises in May of the following year, but are not eligible to be included in May of the previous year. Students graduating in July may be permitted to participate in commencement exercises in May upon recommendation by the Advancement Committee to the Dean.
  6. Students must have satisfied all conditions for resolution of probation before graduation.
  7. Students are required to take, but not necessarily pass, both parts of Step 2 of the USMLE before graduation.

Special Placement

Students deemed by the Advancement Committee to have experienced serious academic, professional or personal difficulty may be subject to placement under optimum supervision and frequent review. Special placement will be re-evaluated twice yearly and discontinued at the discretion of the Advancement Committee and/or the Dean of the School of Medicine.

Last Revision: July 15. 2015