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Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

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Academic Advancement and Graduation Policy

The standards and procedures for evaluation, advancement, and graduation of medical students are aligned with the structure of the integrated approach to medical evaluation in the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine ("School of Medicine").

Each student's progress toward achievement of the educational goals and objectives of the School of Medicine is evaluated in a formative, as well as summative manner, on a regular basis throughout the four years of the educational program. Advancement follows comprehensive evaluation of each student's performance in a particular medical educational year to determine that student's preparedness for the next year of medical study. Part of the comprehensive evaluation prior to advancement also entails documentation of each student's adherence to the School's Statement of Professionalism and Technical Standards. Students must pass all required courses of one academic year in order to advance to the next year (Please refer to the Composition and Authority of the Student Advancement Committee). In addition, students also must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination ("USMLE") Step 1 in order to advance to the third year of the medical education program.

In order to graduate, students must: 1.) receive at least a "Pass" grade in all required elements of the curriculum; 2.) pass the USMLE Step 1 and take the USMLE Step 2 CK and CS according to the guidelines described in the USMLE Policy; and 3.) complete coursework within a six-year time period, unless enrolled in other academic programs and granted an extension at the discretion of the Dean, as described in the USMLE Policy.

References to Regulations and/or Other Related Policies
Statement of Professionalism
Technical Standards
United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Policy


Last Revised: 7/2015