Advancement, Graduation & Dismissal
9.9 Student Advancement and Appeal Process
10.3 Policies Regarding Student Selection/Progress and Their Dissemination
Scope and Purpose
This policy applies to all students enrolled in the M.D. program of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dual-degree students may have other conditions and requirements; please refer to the Dual-Degree Policy as well as the policies for each program.
Students must meet the following requirements for advancement.
- Students must meet all UMB requirements for eligibility to register.
- Students must pass all required courses in Year One for advancement to Year Two. Students cannot advance to year two with an un-remediated failure, incomplete, or withdrawal in a required course.
- Students must pass all required pre-clerkship courses and take USMLE Step 1 (see below), for advancement to Year Three/Clerkship Phase. Students cannot advance with an un-remediated failure, incomplete, or withdrawal in a required course.
- Class of 2023: Students who receive a grade of F in Pathophysiology & Therapeutics I may progress to Pathophysiology & Therapeutics II with remediation after the academic year as noted below.
- If a student fails USMLE Step 1, the student may not advance to the next clerkship until Step 1 has been retaken. If a student fails Step 1 a second time, the student cannot resume progress toward graduation until a passing Step 1 score has been verified. With any failure of Step 1, the student must meet with the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Academic Support. (For additional Step 1 failures, see section on Dismissal.)
- A student with two (2) or more concurrent un-remediated failures of clerkship NBME examinations must interrupt clinical rotations until all failed exams have been remediated. The student must meet with the Office of Student Affairs regarding the scheduling ramifications of this remediation and possible effects on residency planning.
- All required clerkships must be completed six months prior to the expected date of graduation.
- A student cannot advance in any of the following circumstances:
- Class of 2023
- Three (3) non-passing grades within the Year 2 required curriculum (excluding Foundations of Disease) requires a student to join the Class of 2025 at the start of their coursework.
- Fewer than three (3) non-passing grades must be remediated with structured preparatory work and remediation assessment(s) in conjunction with Office of Academic Support and the course director. If the student fails any remediation, they will join the Class of 2025 at the start of their coursework.
- Renaissance Curriculum
- A single failing grade in a required course must be remediated with structured preparatory work and assessment in conjunction with Office of Academic Support and the course director prior to the start of the next academic year. If a student is not successful in passing the remediation, they must repeat the course the following year.
- A failing grade in Foundations requires the student to withdraw from the remainder of the academic year and repeat the course the next academic year.
- A student must repeat the entire year in the following cases:
- Two (2) non-passing grades within the requisite Year 3/Clerkship Phase curriculum.
- Two (2) non-passing grades within the requisite Year 4/Advanced Clinical Phase curriculum.
- Failure to adhere to technical and professionalism standards.
- Persistently poor academic performance where repetition is deemed in the best interest of the student.
Six Year Rule
Students must meet all requirements for the degree of Doctor of Medicine within six years from their matriculation date, including leaves of absence but excluding time spent in pursuit of a UMSOM combined degree. The Advancement Committee in coordination with the Office of Student Affairs may recommend that the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) grant an exception to this limit. If a student requires more than three years to complete the Pre-Clerkship Phase of the curriculum or more than three years to complete the clinical portion of the curriculum, the Advancement Committee must review the student’s complete record and must tender a recommendation to the CAO as to whether the student will be allowed to continue in medical school.
Students must meet the following requirements for graduation.
- Requirements for all four years of the medical education program must be completed within the parameters of the M.D. curriculum.
- Students must complete all requirements for Year Three/Clerkship Phase of medical school at least six months prior to an anticipated graduation date in order to graduate at that time unless an exception has been granted by the Advancement Committee.
- Students must complete all academic requirements for Year Four/Advanced Clinical Phase at least one week before the date of graduation.
- Students must complete the following administrative requirements:
- meet with a student affairs dean about post-graduate plans and writing of the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
- have an exit interview with the University Student Financial Assistance if applicable
- satisfy any outstanding UMB obligations
- Students must resolve all conditions of probation before graduation.
- Students must take both USMLE Step 2 CK and USMLE Step 2 CS before graduation.
Students graduating in December may participate in graduation 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 graduation in May of the current year.
A student will be dismissed under any of the following circumstances:
- Two (2) failing grades in required pre-clerkship courses (excluding FRCT 510: FRCT Seminar and MSPR 523: Foundations of Disease)
- A non-passing grade upon repeating a required course or clerkship
- Three (3) failures of USMLE Step 1
- Violating the terms of probation
- Failing to meet the conditions to return from a Leave of Absence
- Stopping out
The Advancement Committee will consider dismissal of a student under any of the following circumstances:
- A non-passing grade in a subinternship, ICM 4, or FRCT Scholarly Project
- Non-passing grades in any two rotations in the clinical years
- Failure to adhere to technical or professionalism standards
A student who is dismissed from school must immediately withdraw from all coursework. A student may appeal the dismissal to the Dean by submitting a written request within 14 days of the official notice of dismissal. The Dean may appoint an Appeals Committee for advice (see the Appeals Process). In rare circumstances, students may be permitted to resume coursework pending the Dean’s decision.
Approved: Council, September 4, 2019
Approved: CCC, July 21, 2020 - revisions to Class of 2023 and Renaissance Curriculu