Evaluation and Degree Requirements
System of Evaluation
The Curriculum uses an Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail system of evaluation except during Module 1 and Module 2, when only Pass/Fail is used. The School of Medicine relies on multiple assessments in the evaluation process, including traditional examinations, presentations, standardized patients, clinical skills assessments, simulations, OSCE, projects and papers, and practical exams.
Statement of Requirements for the MD Degree
In addition to successfully completing the required curriculum and elective courses, students are awarded the MD degree by vote of the faculty when they have accomplished the following:
- Achieved the educational goals of the curriculum.
- Developed the intellectual, interpersonal professionalism, and technical skills required of a physician.
- Attained a level of clinical judgment that warrants confidence in their independent professional opinion.
- Demonstrated a sense of responsibility to patients.
- Complied with the school's standards of conduct and academic integrity.
Step 1, Step 2 - Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 - Clinical Skills on the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) are required for graduation; however, promotion and graduation are not contingent on receiving a passing score. Students who choose career paths other than the practice of clinical medicine may petition for a waiver from the Student Standards Committee.
Applicants should be aware that the curriculum requires some academic experiences that involve use of animal tissue. Also, training in medicine may involve health risks, such as exposure to infectious diseases. While all students' customs and practices are respected, medical education includes weekends and holidays and caring for all patients.
The faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine reserves the right to change the curriculum, methods of evaluation and requirements for graduation at any time.