4.3: Academic Requirements for Graduation

In addition to satisfying the MD Requirements and Procedures, students must also meet the requirements below. The MD Program reserves the right to make changes to the academic requirements, teaching modality, and required schedule at any point to ensure that all competencies and objectives are being met by medical students. In response to the ongoing COVID crisis, changes may need to be made to the required units, format, schedule, assessments, policies and procedures to quickly respond to the changing learning environment without notice. All changes will be communicated to medical students in a timely manner.

Students may track their progress towards the MD degree through the Medical Education (MEP) student records system. MEP provides academic progress details for students enrolled in the MD program. For more information on MEP, including how to access it and the elements of a student record it includes, see School of Medicine Registrar’s Office MEP Student Records.

Pre-clerkship Curriculum

  • Students must successfully complete all required courses (See below for required courses/units by academic year).
  • In the first year of the pre-clerkship curriculum, students (matriculating Academic Year 2019-20 or later) are expected to complete the Early Clinical Engagement requirement. There are several ways in which to satisfy this requirement:
    • Enroll in INDE 268: Early Clinical Engagement (must commit to course by Autumn quarter add/drop deadline, participate in the course in Autumn, Winter, and Spring, and enroll in the Spring) OR
    • Enroll in INDE 290: Walk With Me (must commit to course by Autumn quarter add/drop deadline) OR
    • Enroll in PEDS 281: PALS + attend all the INDE 268 didactic sessions throughout the year OR
    • Enroll in FAMMED 280: Student Community OutReach and Physician Support (S-CORPS)
  • Students must remediate all non-passing grades (e.g., Failure, Marginal Pass, Continuing, Incomplete) in pre-clerkship courses in order to be promoted to clinical medical student.
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Clerkship Curriculum

  • Students must successfully complete 66 weeks of clinical training (See below for required clerkships and units by academic year). Note: The total number of units required to graduate is subject to change dependent upon individual clerkship length.
  • Students must remediate all non-passing grades (e.g. Failure, Marginal Pass, Continuing, Incomplete) in clinical clerkships in order to graduate.

Additional Requirements

  • MED 295 Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) – 2 units
  • INDE 297 Reflection and Contexual Medicine (formerly RRAP) – 4 units
  • Scholarly Concentration – Completion of 12 units of coursework and other requirements of a Scholarly Concentration
  • Demonstration of at least minimum competency in the Clinical Performance Examination (CPX) Series
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) requirements
  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum total of 132 weeks of training. Note: Required academic unit totals may vary based on matriculation year.

updated September 2021