Essential Requirements for Admission, Academic Advancement & Graduation
A major goal of the University of Maryland School of Medicine is to graduate the best future physicians. It is the faculty's responsibility to society to select applicants who are best qualified to complete the required training and who are most likely to become skilled, effective physicians. Applicants and students will be judged not only on their scholastic achievement and abilities, but also on their intellectual, physical, emotional and behavioral capacities to meet the essential requirements of the school's curriculum. The Committee on Admissions is instructed to exercise judgement on behalf of the faculty to select the entering class, and to consider character, extracurricular achievement, and overall suitability for the medical profession based upon information in the application, letters of recommendation and personal interviews.
Medical education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills and professional attitude and behavior. The essential requirements presented here are prerequisites for admission, academic advancement and graduation from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. All courses in the curriculum, including ongoing self-directed learning, are required in order to develop the essential knowledge, attitudes and skills required to become a competent physician.
Graduates of the medical school must have the attitudes, knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. The University of Maryland School of Medicine acknowledges Section 504 of the 1973 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and PL 101-336, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), but maintains certain minimum technical standards that must be present in the prospective candidate for the MD degree.
The University of Maryland School of Medicine will consider for admission and continued academic advancement any individual who demonstrates the ability to perform, or to learn to perform, the skills referred to in this document. Deficiencies in knowledge base, judgment, integrity, character or professional attitude or demeanor which may jeopardize patient care or compromise the educational process may be grounds for course or rotation failure and possible dismissal from the medical school.