ADDENDUM #2

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Student Handbook on Academic Policies and Procedures, Fall 2019 Edition

Policies on Step Exams

 

A.    Before beginning the clerkships, all students must complete all requirements for the pre-clerkship curriculum, be certified in Basic Life Support and CPR training, and achieve a passing grade in the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 (Step 1), administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

They must sit for Step 1 by the deadline set annually as part of their curriculum.
Students who experience extenuating circumstances may request an extension. Students whose self-assessments indicate potential failure of Step 1 may request a year-long personal leave of absence. Students who do not sit for the exam by the deadline and do not request a personal leave of absence will be placed on an administrative leave of absence and will be recommended to the SAPC for dismissal.

Students Requesting an Extension

  1. Students must submit their request for extension in writing to the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).

  2. The OSA will refer appropriate requests to the Step 1 Committee for consideration. The Step 1 committee will consist of the deputy dean or designate, the assistant dean for basic science curriculum and one faculty member.

  3. The Step 1 committee may grant an extension in the case of acute and significant extenuating circumstances that impede the student’s ability to sit for the Step 1 exam by the deadline.

  4. Students who do not demonstrate likelihood of passing Step 1 on the first attempt by the time of the mandated test date will receive a recommendation to request a year-long personal leave of absence.

Students Granted an Extension

  1. Students who are granted an extension will be given a deadline for taking the Step 1 examination. In general, extensions are two weeks or less from the deadline mandated in the curriculum.

  2. Students granted an extension must sit for their examination by their new personal deadline set by the Step 1 committee.

  3. Students who are granted an extension and take their exam by the given deadline will be allowed to begin clerkships with their class while they await their score.

  4. Students who are not able to sit for the examination by their given deadline may request a year-long personal leave of absence, and will be subject to the rules governing students taking a leave of absence prior to taking Step 1.

  5. Students who do not sit for the examination by their designated deadline and do not request a personal leave will be placed on a year-long administrative leave of absence by the SAPC and will be recommended to the SAPC for dismissal.

  6. Students who enter their clerkships but fail Step 1, will be removed from the clerkship upon notice of the failure and placed on a year-long administrative leave of absence by the SAPC. They will be subject to the rules governing students placed on Administrative Leave for Step 1 failure.

Students Not Granted an Extension

  1. Students not granted an extension must either sit for the exam by the mandated date or request a year-long personal leave of absence.

  2. Students who do not sit for the exam or request and receive an extension or request a personal leave of absence by the mandated date will be placed on an administrative leave of absence and recommended to the SAPC for dismissal.

  3. Students on leave who are allowed to remain in the program will be subject to the rules governing students taking a leave of absence prior to taking Step 1.

Students Taking a Leave of Absence Prior to Taking Step 1

  1.  Students must take the exam within 12 weeks of the mandatory Step 1 completion date.

  2. Any deviation in this timing must be requested in writing to the Office of Student Affairs and approved by the Step 1 Committee.

  3. Deviations must be requested at least one week prior to the student’s scheduled exam date, which must fall within the 12 week deadline.

  4. Students who delay beyond 12 weeks without committee approval will be presented to the SAPC for consideration of dismissal.

  5. Students on leave must record a passing grade on USMLE Step 1 by December 15 to be entered into the following year’s M3 clerkship lottery at the same time as the rest of the M3 students.

  6. All three attempts to pass Step 1 must be completed within 1 year of the Step 1 test date set yearly as part of the curriculum.

  7. Students who do not pass Step 1 within the year will be recommended to the SAPC for dismissal.

Students on Administrative Leave Due to Failing Step 1

  1.  Students will not be allowed to begin the M3 year until they have passed Step 1.

  2. Students must retake the exam within 12 weeks after the failing grade is reported by the NBME.

  3. Any deviation in this timing must be requested in writing to the Office of Student Affairs and approved by the Step 1 Committee.

  4.  Students who do not retake Step 1 by 12 weeks after receiving their failing grade will be presented to the SAPC for consideration of dismissal.

  5. Students on leave must record a passing grade on USMLE Step 1 by December 15 to be entered into the following year’s M3 clerkship lottery at the same time as the rest of the M3 students

  6. Students who fail Step 1 a second time must appear before the SAPC.

  7. Students who do not pass Step 1 within the year will be recommended to the SAPC for dismissal.


B.    Students must pass USMLE Step 2 CS and CK before graduation

  • Students must sit for both exams before October 1 of their M4 year.
  • Students who experience extenuating circumstances may request an extension for either exam.

Students Requesting an Extension

  1. Students must submit their request for extension in writing to the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).

  2. The OSA will refer appropriate requests to the Step 2 Committee for consideration. The Step 2 committee consists of the Deputy Dean or designate and two faculty members. One of the faculty members will be a member of the clinical faculty.

  3. The Step 2 committee may grant an extension in the case of acute and significant extenuating circumstances that impede the student’s ability to sit for the Step 2 exam by the deadline.

  4. Students who do not request an extension and do not sit for the exam by the deadline will be presented to the SAPC and considered for dismissal.