3.17: Stepping Out of the MD Curriculum Sequence

In addition to the official Leave of Absence procedures that must be followed, students planning to step out of the MD curriculum sequence are required to notify key MD stakeholders in order to track academic progress. Students must outline their plans, with their assigned Advising Dean and Educators-4-CARE faculty, which will be shared with the Assistant Director for Medical Student Research and Scholarship to ensure that academic requirements have been met and a plan for re-entry into the MD curriculum is established. Please note that this does not apply to medical students wishing to “split” the required pre-clerkship curriculum.

Clinical Skills and Acquisition Maintenance Plan for Non-MSTP Students

MD students planning to leave the curriculum for one year or more are required to meet with their Educator-4-CARE faculty to determine whether a Clinical Skills Acquisition and Maintenance (CSAM) Plan is needed to maintain their clinical skills prior to stepping out from the curriculum. The CSAM plan is meant to ensure that students retain their clinical knowledge and are prepared to re-enter the curriculum with these skills intact. Each CSAM plan is individual and will vary by student.

MSTP Clinical Skills Maintenance and Reentry Plan

Students enrolled in the MSTP program will require a more detailed Clinical Skills Plan due to their extended time out of the MD curricular sequence. MSTP students should meet with their MSTP Advisor to discuss their plan to determine reentry to the M3/M4 training sequence.

updated August 2023