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Maximum Time Frame

The standard time frame for required course work completion for the MD degree is four academic years. Due to academic, personal difficulties or scholarly enrichment activities, a student may be granted additional time. In such situations, an academic plan must be established for the student that extends their time in the MD program beyond four years. Extending their time may require the repetition of all or a part of a year of study (i.e., subsequent to incomplete or unsatisfactory course work or an approved leave).

All students must complete the MD portion of the program within 8 years or be considered for dismissal. The eight years includes all types of leaves.

Students must complete the M1 and M2 curriculum (including all leaves of absence) and pass USMLE Step 1 in 4 years.

Students must complete the M3 and M4 curriculum (including all leaves of absence) and pass USMLE Step 2 CK in 4 years.

Students who encounter extenuating circumstances that lengthen their time frame can request an extension from the Associate Dean of Student Affairs with the request reviewed by the SAPC.

Financial aid rules regarding the maximum time frame for eligibility are different from academic rules. Please see rules governing financial aid in Section h-Satisfactory Academic Progress.