Off Cycle Process

All students are expected to take their first attempt at Step 1 prior to starting the clerkship block 1 according to the standard degree plan. See the Grading, Promotion, and Academic Standing Policy.  If the student does not take Step 1, they will be placed on academic warning, ineligible to enroll in Year 3, referral to GPC to explain rationale for delaying USMLE Step 1 and progression into the clerkship phase, GPC discretion to direct student to engage with academic counseling/support resources, and the student is required to pass USMLE Step 1 before re-enrolling in the curriculum.  Upon passing USMLE Step 1, the student will enter the clerkship phase either with block 2 of the same academic year, or with block 1 of the next academic year (as determined by the GPC in consultation with the Associate Dean for Medical Education and based on educational program considerations such as block capacity and the comparability of student cohorts and experiences). If a student in this situation does not pass Step 1 prior to block 2 of the same academic year, then their final opportunity to enter Year 3 shall be with block 1 of the next academic year.

Students who, for any reason, do not take Step 1 in time to enter AY2019-20 clerkship Block 1 will be ineligible to enroll at the start of the Fall term of AY2019-20, and thus will not receive financial aid. To have any chance of graduating on-schedule with their class, they must take and submit a passing Step 1 score prior to resuming the Year 3 curriculum at the start of AY2019-20 clerkship Block 2. Any student in this situation who does not pass Step 1 in time to start Block 2 will be ineligible to enroll in the AY2019-20 Spring term, ineligible to receive financial aid for that period, and must retake and submit a passing Step 1 score prior to the start of AY2020-21 clerkship Block 1 (consistent with the policy that all students must pass Step 1 within 1 year of completing Year 2).

  • As per the Student Handbook, any student who does not pass the USMLE Step 1 exam within 3 attempts, or who does not pass this exam within one year of completing Year 2, is referred to the GPC for consideration of dismissal.