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Criteria for Graduation

In order to receive the recommendation from the ASAC for graduation and conferral of the MD degree, a student must satisfy all academic and professionalism graduation requirements with no outstanding deficiencies.

Steps 1 and 2 of United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE):

Passing scores on the USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 clinical knowledge (CK) and the USMLE Step 2 clinical skills (CS) are required for graduation. Students are allowed a total of three attempts to pass each of the Step 1 and the two Step 2 examinations; failure to pass any Step examination for a third time will result in dismissal from medical school, without recourse to the appeals process. Students must complete successfully all required clerkships and then take USMLE Step 2 CS and 2 CK no later than November 1 of their last academic year in medical school to ensure an opportunity for remediation prior to residency match and graduation should a failure occur.


Clinical Practice Examination:

Students are required to take and pass the Clinical Practice Examination (CPX) after the completion of the clerkships. This is a requirement for graduation. Students failing the CPX are required to review their performance and address their deficiencies with an assigned attending.

Overall Time Limits:

All of the requirements for graduation, including passing Steps 1, 2 CK and 2 CS of
the USMLE, must be completed within 6 years from the date the student matriculated in the School of
Medicine. A student in the combined MD/PhD degree program must complete the graduation
requirements for both degrees in a maximum of 8 years from the date of matriculation. Exceptions to
this policy must be approved by the ASAC

(updates effective: August 6, 2015)



* MD/PhD students reference MSTP policy


The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php

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