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Academic Period for Credit Hour Determination

The Liaison Committee for Medical Education requires that a medical education program include a minimum of 130 weeks of instruction. To meet this accreditation requirement, the University of Maryland School of Medicine program includes 153 weeks of instruction. This is divided thusly:

Year 1  37 weeks  August to May 
Year 2 36 weeks  August to May 
Year 3 48 weeks  July to June 
Year 4 32 weeks  July to May 

 

For purposes of credit hour determination, the School of Medicine equates one week of instruction (a minimum of forty required hours) to one credit hour. This is the same equivalency used by the Office of the Registrar for University-level administrative purposes.

Changes in academic period or credit hour determination must be reviewed and approved by the Curriculum Coordinating Committee of the School of Medicine. Any substantive change in course offerings (new offerings or changes to existing offerings) must be reviewed and approved by the Curriculum Coordinating Committee.