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Policy on Academic Advancement and Graduation

Each student's progress toward achievement of the educational goals and objectives of the School of Medicine is assessed in a formative and summative manner, on a regular basis throughout the educational program. Advancement to the next year of training follows comprehensive assessment of each student's performance in a particular educational year to determine that student's preparedness for the next year of study. Part of the comprehensive assessment prior to advancement also entails documentation of each student's adherence to the School's Statement of Professionalism and Technical Standards.

To advance, students must receive a passing grade in all courses. A student who receives a grade of Fail (F) or designation of Conditional Pass (CP), Incomplete (I), or Withdrawn (W) in any course must successfully complete the course or its equivalent and receive a passing grade to be eligible for advancement or graduation.

In addition, a student must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 and take both the USMLE Step 2 CK and USMLE Step 2 CS prior to graduation. To sit for USMLE Step 1, a student must have passed all courses in the First 100 Weeks except Transitions. Students are required to take the USMLE Step 1 before advancing into the Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) and to receive a passing score to continue in ACE. In most cases, MD/PhD students are required to take the USMLE Step 1 before advancing into Phase 2 (research phase) of their program. The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) sets the level for passing the steps of the USMLE. Failure to pass USMLE Step 1 after two attempts will result in dismissal from the School of Medicine.

The maximum timeframe in which a student must complete the MD degree is six (6) years, including leaves of absence approved by the School of Medicine. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean may extend this six-year period. The anticipated timeframe in which a student should complete the MD/PhD joint degree is eight (8) years. If necessary, the Dean may extend this eight-year period. The maximum timeframe in which a student must successfully complete the PhD degree is ten (10) years, including leaves of absence approved by the School of Medicine.

  • Advancement and Graduation Requirements: MD Program

    To advance to the second year of the MD educational program, a MD student must meet the following requirements:

    • Passing grades in the following courses of the First 100 Weeks:
      • From the Person to the Professional: Challenges, Privileges, and Responsibilities;
      • The Biologic Imperative;
      • Continuity and Change: Fueling the Body;
      • Continuity and Change: Homeostasis;
      • Initial Clinical Experience I;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training.

    To advance to the third year of the MD educational program, a MD student must meet the following requirements:

    • Passing grades in the following courses of the First 100 Weeks:
      • Interacting with the Environment;
      • Host Microbe Interactions;
      • The Human Condition;
      • Initial Clinical Experience II;
      • Transitions;
    • Completion of USMLE Step 1 (a passing score on USMLE Step 1 is required to continue in the third year);
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training;

    To advance to the fourth year of the MD educational program, a MD student must meet the following requirements:

    • Passing grades in the following courses of the Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) of the Second 100 Weeks:
    • Six (6) Core Clerkships:
        • Psychiatry
        • Neurology
        • Pediatrics
        • Obstetrics and Gynecology
        • Medicine
        • Surgery;
      • Core Learning
      • Continuity Clinic;
      • Four (4) weeks of selectives;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training.

    The MD degree may be conferred by Hofstra University upon MD program students who have complied with all of the following requirements:

    • Passing grades in all required courses of the First 100 Weeks (as stated above);
    • A passing score on USMLE Step 1 (as stated above);
    • Passing grades in all required courses of the Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) of the Second 100 Weeks (as stated above);
    • Passing grades in the following courses of Preparation for Residency of the Second 100 Weeks:
      • Three (3) Core Acting Internships:
        • Family Medicine, Medicine, Pediatrics, or Surgery
        • Emergency Medicine
        • Critical Care
      • Twenty (20) weeks of electives;
    • Completion of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training; and
    • Satisfactory completion of the required academic, professional and curriculum competencies (including patient encounters and procedures) set forth by the Zucker School of Medicine and/or any of its components, including the Student Advancement Committee, Curriculum Committees or other Committees and/or departments.
  • Advancement and Graduation Requirements: MD/PhD Program

    The MD/PhD Program has three phases:

    • Phase 1: First 100 Weeks of the MD Program (~2 years)
    • Phase 2: Laboratory Research of the PhD Program (~4 years)
    • Phase 3: Second 100 Weeks of the MD Program (~2 years)

    To advance to the second year of Phase 1 of the MD/PhD educational program, a MD/PhD student must meet the following requirements:

    • Passing grades the following courses of the First 100 Weeks:
      • From the Person to the Professional: Challenges, Privileges, and Responsibilities;
      • The Biologic Imperative;
      • Continuity and Change: Fueling the Body;
      • Continuity and Change: Homeostasis;
      • Initial Clinical Experience I;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training.

    To advance to the first year of Phase 2 of the MD/PhD educational program, a MD/PhD student must meet the following requirements:

    • Passing grades in the following courses of the First 100 Weeks:
      • Interacting with the Environment;
      • Host Microbe Interactions;
      • The Human Condition;
      • Initial Clinical Experience II;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training.

    To advance to subsequent years of Phase 2 of the MD/PhD educational program, a MD/PhD student must meet the following requirements:

    • Passing grade on a qualifying examination;
    • Passing grade on USMLE Step 1;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training.

    To advance to the first year of Phase 3 of the MD/PhD educational program, a MD/PhD student must meet the following requirements:

    • Passing grades in the following courses of the PhD program:
      • Critical Readings and Topics in Translational Medicine;
      • Model Organisms in Biomedical Research;
      • Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research;
      • Rational Drug Design ;
    • Completion of a minimum of three years of full-time, enrolled doctoral study;
    • Completion of a dissertation proposal, dissertation, and accompanying oral defense;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training.

    The MD/PhD joint degree may be conferred by Hofstra University upon MD/PhD Program students who have complied with all of the following requirements:

    • Passing grades in all required courses of the First 100 Weeks (as stated above);
    • A passing score on USMLE Step 1 (as stated above);
    • Passing grades in the following courses of the Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) of the Second 100 Weeks:
    • Six (6) Core Clerkships:
        • Psychiatry
        • Neurology
        • Pediatrics
        • Obstetrics and Gynecology
        • Medicine
        • Surgery;
      • Core Learning
      • Continuity Clinic;
      • Four (4) weeks of selectives;
    • Passing grades in the following courses of Preparation for Residency of the Second 100 Weeks:
      • Two (2) Core Acting Internships:
        • Family Medicine, Medicine, Pediatrics, or Surgery
        • Emergency Medicine or Critical Care
      • Eight (8) weeks of electives for students entering ACE prior to Cycle 4 or four (4) weeks of electives for students who enter ACE in Cycle 4;
    • Completion of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards;
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training; and
    • Satisfactory completion of the required academic, professional and curriculum competencies (including patient encounters and procedures) set forth by the Zucker School of Medicine and/or any of its components, including the Student Advancement Committee, Curriculum Committees or other Committees and/or departments.
  • Advancement and Graduation Requirements: MD/OMS Program

    A course failure will result in dismissal from the MD/OMS Program.

    To advance to the second year of the MD/OMS educational program, a MD/OMS student must meet the following requirements of the MD Program:

    • Passing grades in the following courses of the First 100 Weeks:
      • From the Person to the Professional: Challenges, Privileges, and Responsibilities;
      • Continuity and Change: Homeostasis;
      • Initial Clinical Experience I;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training.

    To advance to the third year of the MD/OMS educational program, a MD/OMS student must meet the following requirements of the MD Program:

    • Passing grades in the following courses of the First 100 Weeks:
      • Interacting with the Environment;
      • Host Microbe Interactions;
      • The Human Condition;
      • Initial Clinical Experience II;
      • Transitions;
    • Completion of USMLE Step 1 (a passing score on USMLE Step 1 is required to continue in the third year);
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training;

    To advance to the fourth year of the MD/OMS educational program, a MD/OMS student must meet the following requirements of the MD Program:

    • Passing grades in the following courses of the Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) of the Second 100 Weeks:
    • Six (6) Core Clerkships:
        • Psychiatry
        • Neurology
        • Pediatrics
        • Obstetrics and Gynecology
        • Medicine
        • Surgery;
      • Core Learning
      • Continuity Clinic;
      • Four (4) weeks of selectives, with approval of the MD/OMS Program Director;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training.

    The MD/OMS degree may be conferred by Hofstra University upon MD/OMS program students who have complied with all of the following requirements of the MD Program:

    • Passing grades in all required courses of the First 100 Weeks (as stated above);
    • A passing score on USMLE Step 1 (as stated above);
    • Passing grades in all required courses of the Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) of the Second 100 Weeks (as stated above);
    • Passing grades in the following courses of Preparation for Residency of the Second 100 Weeks:
      • Two (2) Core Acting Internships:
        • Family Medicine, Medicine, Pediatrics, or Surgery
        • Emergency Medicine or Critical Care
      • Eight (8) weeks of electives, with approval from the MD/OMS Program Director;
    • Completion of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training; and

    Satisfactory completion of the required academic, professional and curriculum competencies (including patient encounters and procedures) set forth by the Zucker School of Medicine and/or any of its components, including the Student Advancement Committee, Curriculum Committees or other Committees and/or departments.

  • Advancement and Graduation Requirements: PhD Program

    To advance to each year of the PhD educational program, a PhD student must meet the following requirements:

    • Passing grades for all courses taken;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training.

    The PhD degree may be conferred by Hofstra University upon PhD Program students who have complied with all of the following requirements:

    • Passing grades in the following courses of the PhD program:
      • Critical Readings and Topics in Translational Medicine;
      • Model Organisms in Biomedical Research;
      • Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research;
      • Rational Drug Design;
    • Passing grade on a qualifying examination;
    • Completion of a minimum of three years of full-time, enrolled doctoral study;
    • Completion of a dissertation proposal, dissertation, and accompanying oral defense;
    • Acceptable academic and professional behavior, and ethical and technical standards; and
    • Timely completion of required certifications and training.

 

References to Regulations and/or Other Related Policies
Policy on Essential Capacities for Matriculation, Advancement, and Graduation (Technical Standards)
Policies on Grading
Statement of Professionalism 

Last Updated: October 2018


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