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Requirements of the MD Degree

For graduation with the MD degree, students must fulfill the requirement in the current Student Handbook (listed below). Because these requirements can change, all students, particularly those returning from a Leave of Absence or from the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, should be sure that they have reviewed this current information. Students may consult with their Learning Communities Mentor or the Associate Dean for Student Affairs with any questions pertaining to these requirements. EPC rev. 010615

1. For entering classes through 2009: successful completion of required pre-clerkship courses.

2. For entering classes 2010 and later: successful completion of required FOM1 and FOM2 courses.

3. Successful completion of Core Clinical Experiences (CCE).

4. Successful completion of all components of the required Interstitial Curriculum (ISC).

5. Required Subinternship (*Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Acute Care Surgery or other subinternship approved by the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) as the required subinternship.)

6. Required Electives *24 weeks of elective credit (*see 4th yr. grad. table below; MD/PhD students may apply 12 credits from their MDP-741 course to meet 12 of the 24 elective credit requirement)

    1. Required Electives by Type:
      • 12 weeks must be Type A or B and at least 8 weeks must be A or B1.
      • The remaining 12 weeks can be A, B or C electives.
      • 8 weeks maximum of clinical International electives can count toward graduation credit.
      • 12 weeks maximum of Type C electives can count toward graduation credit.

Required Electives by Length:

      • Up to 8 weeks can be taken in blocks of two weeks or greater.
      • The remaining required electives must be in blocks of at least 4 weeks.

7. USMLE Requirements: For graduating classes 2015 or later: Successful passage of Steps 1 and 2 (Clinical Skills and Clinical Knowledge) of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examinations. Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2011 should refer to USMLE requirements listed in the Student Handbook at the time of matriculation. Any questions regarding this requirement should be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

8. All students must fulfill “competency” performance standards on a comprehensive clinical skills assessment  (the Comprehensive Core Clinical Assessment, or CCCA) as a graduation requirement for UMass Chan (See: Comprehensive Core Clinical Assessment/CCCA Policy).

9. Demonstration of the ability to perform the skills in the Medical School’s Technical Standards with or without reasonable accommodations consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Failure to meet these minimum standards may be grounds for possible course/clerkship failure, dismissal from the medical school, or immediate corrective action up to and including removal from the clinical or education setting. Students are judged not only on their scholastic achievement and ability, but also on their intellectual, physical and emotional capacities to meet the full requirements for graduation

10. Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

11. Completion of Certification for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar and any additional administrative requirements such as payment of all fines including library and parking, returning all books, returning beeper, payment of any outstanding bills, required exit interviews, institutional surveys, etc.

12. Successful completion of all required Transitions Courses.

13. Completion of program evaluations developed by UMass Chan, such as the summative End of Year 1, 2, 3 & 4 surveys. Other surveys developed by organizations outside UMass Chan may also be required, as determined by UMass Chan.

14. School policy requires a student take a minimum of eight (8) semesters of enrollment and allows for a maximum of twelve (12) semesters of enrollment and 4 semesters of leave for completion of the MD Degree See: Number of Years to Complete the MD Degree Policy.

15. Successful completion of all required Flexible Clinical Experiences.

16. For the classes matriculating in 2012 and later: Successful completion of the Capstone Scholarship and Discovery course and project.

17. For students in the class of 2014 or later: Successful completion of the Emergency Clinical Problem Solver course.

18. Beginning with the Class of 2014: Advanced Biomedical and Translational Sciences (ABTS) (MD/PhD students may apply credits from MDP-740A or B to fulfill this requirement).


Fourth Year Graduation Requirements Table

This content is current to the 2021-2022 Student Handbook.