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Policy for Pursuing a Second Degree

 

Policy for Medical Students who Pursue a Second Degree

Students in the School of Medicine may elect to expand their experience and training in related areas. These include, but are not restricted to programs leading to a Masters in Public Health, a Masters in Business Administration degree, a degree in Law or Masters in Clinical Research from the University of Virginia or other universities. Students will be allowed to withdraw from the School of Medicine, complete their second degree, and return to the School of Medicine under the following conditions:

  1. Approval for the second degree program and the appropriate time away must be obtained in advance from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Medicine.
     
  2. Students seeking a second degree are expected to complete the first three years of the medical curriculum, take USMLE Step 2 CK and CS before beginning the second degree program.
     
  3. The student is responsible for making application to the second degree program.
     
  4. The University of Virginia School of Medicine is not responsible for financial aid for students enrolled in a second degree program.
     
  5. Students must complete a fourth year curriculum requirements after completing the second degree program. It is anticipated that students will pursue electives or activities that will allow them to integrate and apply their unique expertise to medicine. Elective credit will not be granted for M.A., M.S., M.B.A. or other second degrees, with the exception for students in the UVa dual M.D./Ph.D. degree program, the UVa dual M.D./M.P.H, the UVa dual M.D./M.B.A, the UVa dual M.D./J.D. or the dual M.D./M.S.-C.R.. as outlined in the policy related to each .
     
  6. Students must complete the requirements for the M.D. degree within 6 years of the date of first matriculation in the School of Medicine.

     

Policy for Students in a UVa Dual Degree Program Leading to M.D./M.P.H.

For a full description of the UVa dual M.D./M.P.H. degree program see: MD-MPH policy.doc

 

Policy for Students in a UVa Dual Degree Program Leading to M.D./M.S.-C. R.

For a full description of the UVa dual M.D./M.S.-C.R. degree program see: MD-MS-CR policy.doc

 

Policy for Students in a UVa Dual Degree Program Leading to M.D./M.B.A.

For a full description of the UVa dual M.D./M.B.A. degree program see: MD-MBA policy.doc

 

Policy for Students in a UVa Dual Degree Program Leading to M.D./J.D.

For a full description of the UVa dual M.D./J.D. degree program see: MD-JD policy.doc

 

Policy for Students in a UVa Dual Degree Program Leading to M.D./Ph.D. (MSTP)
(in a Medically Related Area)

For a full description of the UVa dual M.D./Ph.D. degree program see: MD-PhD policy.doc

 

  1. Students must be approved for participation in the University of Virginia dual M.D./Ph.D. degree program. Students in the dual degree program are expected to participate in activities sponsored by the Graduate Programs Office and the Office for Student Affairs. Students in the dual degree program may receive up to 32 elective credits for work leading to the Ph.D. degree with approval of the Director of the Electives program and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. MSTP students are required to complete 44 weeks of core clerkships, 4 weeks of surgical subspecialties, 2 weeks of Geriatrics, 4 weeks of an ACE (Advanced Clinical Elective), take the DxRx: Health Care Policy course, pass the CPX exam and take clinical electives to meet the graduation requirements of the graduating class. A passing score on USMLE Step 2 CK is required (take by March 10th for May graduation) and evidence that USMLE Step 2 CS has been taken by April 1st. Students in the MSTP who receive a M.S. as their final degree may be eligible for up to 8 elective credits.
     
  2. Students must complete the dual M.D./Ph.D. degree program within 8 years of the date of matriculation in the School of Medicine.
     
  3. The M.D./Ph.D. Committee can grant a 1 year extension for students in combined M.D./Ph.D. programs who are deemed to be making substantial progress, but will not finish within 8 years. The Committee may grant more than a single 1 year extension, but application for extensions must be made on a yearly basis.

     

Time Limit for Completion of the M.D. Degree

Students must complete the requirements for the M.D. degree within 6 years of first matriculation in the School of Medicine unless in an approved dual degree program.

 



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