Requirements for Satisfactory Performance and Advancement

Policy 

In accordance with LCME Element 10.3:

"The faculty of a medical school establish criteria for student selection and develop and implement effective policies and procedures regarding, and make decisions about, medical student application, selection, admission, assessment, promotion, graduation, and any disciplinary action. The medical school makes available to all interested parties its criteria, standards, policies, and procedures regarding these matters."

The policy for satisfactory performance and advancement is as follows:

Students must receive a passing grade in all required courses, clerkships, and electives to be eligible for promotion to the subsequent academic year. A student must complete all required Biennium I courses and electives within three (3) academic years. Generally, students must pass all core third-year clerkships before enrolling in Year 4 electives. A student must complete all required Biennium II clerkships and electives within three (3) academic years.

All non-dual degree medical student curricular/graduation requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of the student’s date of matriculation. This timeframe includes any personal, academic or medical leaves of absence. Failure to successfully complete curricular/graduation requirements within a seven-year timeframe will result in a referral to the Dean of Medicine with a recommendation for dismissal.

Students must take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 to be eligible for promotion to Year 3 by designated date.

If a student does not receive a passing score, the student will complete clerkship currently enrolled, but will not be eligible to complete the remaining clerkships until successful passage of Step 1.

In order to graduate, students must meet all curriculum requirements including passing all courses and clerkships, passing the required number of electives in Bienniums I and II, and passing Steps 1, 2CK and 2CS of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree is conferred on students who successfully complete all requirements for graduation including academic and non-cognitive areas of assessment. Student evaluations are based on academic performance in the basic sciences and clinical coursework, and on faculty's observation of student behavior and conduct. All students are required to pass Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) as a requirement to receiving a medical degree from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Biennium II

Students failing or remediating two clerkships or electives in the Biennium II must be reviewed by the SPC to determine if they should be recommended to the Dean of Medicine for dismissal or be allowed to repeat the whole or part of a year. If they are permitted to repeat, students must pass each clerkship and elective with no remediation option. If there is a repeat failure of a clerkship or elective, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions will inform the student of their immediate recommendation for dismissal and appeal option.

If a student is permitted to repeat a clerkship of Biennium II, they must pass the end of clerkship examination on the first attempt. If there is failure to successfully repeat a clerkship or elective in Biennium II, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions will submit a referral to the Dean of Medicine with a recommendation for dismissal.

Students must successfully complete Biennium II requirements within three (3) academic years as enrolled students. Failure to do so will result in a referral from SPC to the Dean of Medicine with a recommendation for dismissal.

Approved by Executive Committee 8/14/14. Updated by FCC 5/24/17.

USMLE Step 1

1. Students are required to take the USMLE Step 1 exam by a specific date set annually by the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions. Students may not start a clinical clerkship before taking Step 1.

2. Only those students designated by the Dean of Students are permitted to take the USMLE Step 1 after the annually specified date. All students taking the USMLE Step 1 after the annually designated date MUST receive a passing score prior to beginning any clinical clerkship.

3. Students who fail Step 1 the first time must initiate contact with the Academic Advisor within five (5) business days after receiving their score to develop a plan for retaking Step 1. Plans to retake the exam must be made in consultation with Academic Advisor.

4. The Step 1 retake must occur within 12 months of the first attempt. The Office of Student Affairs and Admissions will notify the student of the deadline for the second attempt. The 12-month limit applies to all students, including those on approved leave of absence.

5. Failing the second Step 1 exam will result in a referral to the Student Promotions Committee for a consideration to the Dean of Medicine with recommendation for dismissal.

6. For further information on delayed STEP tests and their ramifications, please see the AAMC website.

USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS)

1. Students must complete all third-year clerkships prior to taking the USMLE Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS examinations.

2. Students are required to take the Step 2 CK and schedule Step 2 CS examination by a specific date set annually by the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, if graduation in May is anticipated. Scheduled examination dates will be closely monitored by the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions to ensure compliance with these dates. No student may defer the Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS examination beyond December 1 without approval by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions.

3. Students who fail the USMLE Step 2 CK or CS the first time must initiate contact with the Academic Advisor to develop a study plan for re-taking either of these exams. Plans to retake either of these exams must be made in consultation with Academic Advisor. The Academic Advisor will work with the student and appropriate faculty to facilitate remedial and review activities to correct deficiencies in knowledge or skills in preparation for the re-take(s).

4. A second attempt on either or both exams must be completed within 12 months of the notification of failure(s). The Office of Student Affairs and Admissions will notify the student of the date the second attempt must be completed. This time limit applies even if the student is on a Leave of Absence.

5. Failure on a second attempt on either exam will result in a referral to the Student Promotions Committee for consideration of a recommendation for dismissal to the Dean of Medicine.

Approved by FCC 7/29/15, Executive Committee 9/17/15.

Last edited on 12/19/2018.