In order to provide support in a timely manner for students in academic difficulty, a system is in place that tracks a student’s performance across all four years of medical school. Based on a student’s performance, a student may remain in Satisfactory Academic Status, may be designated as Monitored Academic Status, or may be put in Serious Academic Status. A student who fails a course must undergo a remediation or an equivalent course, as determined by the Course Director. First year students must achieve a Pass in the remediation or equivalent course by August 1 in order to progress on to the next academic year. Second year students must achieve a Pass in the remediation or equivalent course by June 15 in order to progress to the next academic year. Remediation of courses may not occur while a student is taking another
Year 1 and 2 Policy
course, and typically occurs during spring break or the summer and must be planned in conjunction with the Course Director, and the Offices of Curricular Affairs and Medical Student Affairs. Year 1 students participating in research during the summer is dependent on the timing and extent of any remediation. A failure in a course is listed as “F” on the transcript. Once the student has successfully remediated the course, it is listed as “FP.” Students who fail to pass the remediation for a failed course will be in Serious Academic Status and will be required to appear before the Promotions Committee.
Year 3 and 4 Policy
Students who fail a shelf exam are required to remediate the shelf exam during a specified make-up date in July, or by special arrangement during vacation or elective time. Students may not make up a shelf exam for a clerkship while they are taking another clerkship or during FlexTime on a clerkship. All failures must be remediated before the student can do a required Year 4 course or clerkship.
A failure on a NBME shelf exam is listed as a “C” on the transcript. Once the student has successfully remediated the shelf exam on the second attempt, the clerkship grade is listed as a “P” or “HP”. Students who fail a shelf exam are not eligible for a grade of Honors. Repeat failure of the shelf will result in a failing grade in the clerkship. Students who fail a clerkship are required to appear before the Promotions Committee, who will decide timing and type of remediation. A failure in a clerkship is listed as “F” on the transcript. Once the student has successfully remediated the clerkship, it is listed as “FP.”
USMLE Step Policy
Medical students who have failed to pass one of the USMLE Step exams are required to stop clerkship or course activities and dedicate a period of study and retake the exam before they will be able to continue to the next phase of their education. Students will work with the Offices of Curricular Affairs and Medical Student Affairs to determine the nature and timing of this remediation.
To receive a Doctor of Medicine from ISMMS, students must pass USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS, each within a maximum of three attempts.