|Student Progress Guidelines|
The Student Progress Committee reviews all students who pass a theme through remediation or receive theme or course grades of Incomplete (IN) or Fail (F). The committee also reviews students who exhibit behaviors which seem inappropriate for one seeking to become a physician.
Any student who exhibits behaviors which seem inappropriate for one seeking to become a physician will be considered for dismissal regardless of academic performance. The Student Progress Committee will take appropriate action on individual cases which are not covered by the Student Progress Guidelines listed below.
- A student who fails a theme or themes must remediate before the beginning of the next semester.
- If the student successfully remediates, then he/she must meet with the Associate Dean for Students or designee and is encouraged to develop an academic enhancement plan.
- If the remediation is not successful, the student must repeat the first year and will be on probation until the successful completion of a semester.
- If a student is repeating the first year and fails a theme, no remediation will be offered and the student is eligible for dismissal.
- A student who fails a theme or themes in the fall semester must remediate before the beginning of the spring semester. If a student fails a theme or themes in the spring semester he/she must remediate before taking Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
- If the student successfully remediates the theme or themes, then he/she must meet with the Associate Dean for Students or designee and is encouraged to develop an academic enhancement plan.
- If the remediation is not successful, the student must repeat the second year and will be on probation until the successful completion of a semester.
- If a student is repeating the second year and fails a theme, no remediation will be offered and the student is eligible for dismissal.
Second-Year Clinical Skills Exam
The 2nd Year Clinical Skills Exam consists of standardized patient encounters and corresponding writing stations, designed to assess students’ general clinical skills. This examination is graded on a pass/fail basis and is used to determine whether or not clinical skills are at an appropriate level for beginning the 3rd year clinical clerkships. This examination is formative and results will not be reported in a formal manner on the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).
National Board Examination, Step 1
All rising 3rd year students must sit for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) before beginning their clinical rotations. If a student does not pass Step 1 on his/her first attempt he/she will be allowed to complete the rotation that he/she is on and receive credit if he/she is successful, both clinically and on any examinations but then must take a leave from 3rd year rotations and is placed on Independent Study. The student can take this examination no more that four (4) times within a 12 month period (per USMLE regulations – go to www.usmle.org/General_Inforrmation/bulletin/2010/eligibility.html for the full policy). The student will be registered for an Independent Study Course until a passing score can be obtained and will pay full tuition as a third year student. The student is required to meet with the Associate Dean for Students or designee, and it is suggested that an academic enhancement plan be created. If the student fails the examination more than one time, he/she will be placed on probation. He/she will be registered for the Independent Study Course until a passing score can be obtained and will pay full tuition as a third year student. The student will then be on academic probation until he/she passes Step 1. Once a passing score is received, the student will be eligible to begin his/her next scheduled rotation. Students who do not pass Step 1 on their third attempt are eligible for dismissal.
1. A student who receives a grade of IN for a clerkship will be required to meet with the College of Medicine Associate Dean for Students or designee and will be encouraged to develop an academic enhancement plan. The student must remediate all third-year course work prior to August 1st of the fourth year unless extenuating circumstances exist (e.g., personal illness.)
2. A student who receives a failing grade for a clerkship will be required to repeat the course and will be placed on academic probation. Probationary status is removed once the failed clerkship is successfully repeated.
3. Should a student receive a second IN before clearing the first, the student must immediately withdraw from whatever course he/she is presently taking and clear both INs before progressing. Exams and other failed components must be taken at the first offering in such instances.
4. A student who receives failing grades in two clerkships will be recommended for dismissal even if the first failure has been removed by repeating the course.
5. A student who has not remediated all 3rd year core clerkship course work will not be allowed to register for the USMLE Step 2 examination or participate in away rotations.
6. A student who receives a failing grade for a clinical core course in the 4th year (e.g., medicine core) will be placed on academic probation and must remove this deficiency by repeating and passing a core course at the first available opportunity. Failure to pass at this opportunity may result in recommendation for dismissal.
7. A student who receives failing grades in two clinical core courses will be recommended for dismissal even if the first failure has been removed by repeating the course.
8. A student who fails a selective or elective will receive a grade of F on the transcript. The student may be given the opportunity to repeat that selective/elective (at the discretion of the course director) or the student may be required to take a different selective/elective to ensure sufficient credits for graduation.
National Board Examination, Step 2
Successful completion of Step 1 of the USMLE is required before a student can take Step 2. Successful completion of Step 2 (CK) is required for graduation.
Students must take Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) before December 31 of their fourth year. This allows students to take the test and, in the event that they do not pass, allows them enough time to take it again before graduation. Failure to adhere to this policy may lead to temporary suspension of a student’s coursework, can lead to a student’s inability to graduate on time, and can result in the cancellation of his/her residency contract. Students must also have taken Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) prior to receiving their diploma. Students can take the Step 2 CK examination no more that 4 times in a 12 month period and can take Step 2 CS no more that 3 times in a 12 month period (per USMLE regulations).
Clinical Practice Exam (CPX)
The Clinical Practice Exam consists of standardized patient encounters and corresponding writing stations and is given in July/August of a student’s fourth year. This examination is graded on an honors/pass/fail basis and will be included on students’ transcripts. In the event that a student does not successfully complete the CPX, a mentor will be assigned to him/her in order to remediate the problems that caused failure on the exam. Students must successfully pass the CPX prior to taking the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills exam. Successful completion of the CPX is required for degree completion. Remediation of the CPX will be reported on the MPSE.
A student may appeal in writing to the Progress Committee an adverse decision related to promotion before the next meeting of the Progress Committee. A student deemed eligible for dismissal has the right to appeal in person before the Progress Committee.