Graduation Requirements


Mandatory course Modules for each year of the curriculum must be completed for each enrolled student in order to advance to the subsequent Module. Students will adhere to the required course Modules as set in the year in which they matriculated.


Fall 1st Year (4.5 credits)

Spring 1st Year (6 credits)

Fall 2nd Year (4 credits)

Spring 2nd Year to Fall 3rd Year (12 credits)


Post-Clerkship Requirements

  • A sub I in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Medicine, or Pediatrics (1 credit)
  • 4 months of standard electives as listed in the on-line course catalogue (4 credits)
  • 2 months of other electives, which may be standard electives, away US months, Botswana (counts as 1 month), or 2 additional months of scholarly pursuit (beyond the required 3 months), which may include scholarly work completing a concurrent PhD or Master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania, or as approved (2 credits)
  • 4 weeks of direct patient contact time are required in or after September of the final year. Requirement must be completed via a standard Penn elective, an away US elective, or Botswana sub-I. (1 credit)
  • Scholarly Pursuit (minimum of 3 months, post-Module 4; can also be fulfilled by earning a 2nd degree while in medical school) (3 credits)
  • Frontiers (up to 3 weeks, depending on enrollment type see below(.75 credits)
    Requirements:
    • Students earning an MD and not earning a second degree:
      • 3 weeks of Frontiers in Medical Science courses
    • Students enrolling in and earning any Master’s degree while enrolled in medical school:
      • 2 weeks of Frontiers courses (applies to students who matriculated in 2018 and later)
    • Students earning a PhD degree while in medical school:
      • Covers the requirement for Frontiers coursework
  • Bioethics (1 week) (.25 credits)

Required Examinations

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) 
    • Step 1 must be taken by June 30th of the student’s 3rd year of study. A passing score on Step 1 must be obtained prior to a student beginning a Master’s, PhD, or a research year. Step 1 for MD/PhD students must be completed before graduate school orientation begins. All students need to complete the Step 1 exam as a graduation requirement. A passing score is required prior to submitting a Match Ranking List and prior to graduation for students matriculating in and after 2015. 
    • Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) must be taken by Nov 15th of the graduating academic year. All students need to complete the Step 2CK exam as a graduation requirement. A passing score is required prior to submitting a Match Ranking List and prior to graduation for students matriculating in and after 2015.
  • Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) must be taken in time so that a passing score is available by the submission of the Matchrank order list. This date changes each year but can be identified on the website (https://www.usmle.org/step-2-cs/#reporting). All students need to complete the Step 2CS exam as a graduation requirement. A passing score is required prior to submitting a Match Ranking List and prior to graduation for students matriculating in and after 2015.
  • Clinical Skills Inventory (CSI) exam
    • Exam must be taken early in the calendar year after all clerkships have been completed. We recommend students take and pass the CSI exam prior to taking the Step 2CS exam. Any exceptions must be reviewed with the Associate Dean for Student Success and Professional Development for approval.
  • ACLS Certification

Every student is required to attend graduation in order to publicly recite a commitment to the precepts of the profession by stating the Declaration of Geneva, the modern version of the Hippocratic Oath. Should there be extenuating circumstances that preclude attendance at graduation, the student must recite the Oath in the presence of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and at least one other member of the community (staff, family, friend, faculty). Attendance at the White Coat Ceremony and the Student Clinician’s Ceremony is similarly required. Any extraordinary exceptions must be presented to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.


All of the above categories must be fulfilled. Substitutions are not permitted.

Updated 02-19-2020