Last updated on August 25th, 2021

Committee For Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards

All students accepted to the Preclinical Program are expected to maintain the qualitative and quantitative standards as defined prescribed. Students who do not meet the nonacademic standards may be dismissed or may be allowed to continue in the Preclinical Program on Monitored Progress for Nonacademic Reasons for a specified period with a prescribed course of action. Students are monitored in accordance with the method described in their letter defining the terms of their Monitored Progress for Nonacademic Reasons.


The Academic Progress Review Committee (APRC) consists of faculty from the Basic Sciences. The committee reports to the Dean of Basic Sciences Office. The committee reviews the performance of students and makes recommendations for promotions or dismissal.


The APRC determines the consequences of not achieving satisfactory academic and professional progress for students enrolled in Year 3 of the Pre-Clinical Program who have not met the requirements for promotion:

  • failing to earn a Year 3 WMPG of 80% and a science GPA of 2.75;
  • failing to maintain the professionalism standards of the School of Medicine;
  • failing the PCSCE).

Consequences may include:

  1. Recommendation for Dismissal;
  2. Repeating one or more courses to maintain a minimal 15 credits and maximum 20 credits workload.
  3. Continuing their academic program on MAS.
  4. Having their registration placed on hold and being required to meet with a professionalism panel to address professionalism concerns. The panel determines if the student has not demonstrated the behaviors and attitudes considered by St. George’s University to be essential for the profession of medicine.
  5. Re-sitting the Pre-Clinical Science Comprehensive Exam (PCSCE) prior to the start of the next term. Students are usually permitted to sit the PCSCE a maximum of two times, as determined by the Pre-Clinical Program Director.

If students are not making satisfactory academic progress, they may be placed on Monitored Academic Status (MAS).

MAS is an internal marker placed in students’ progress files by the APRC or the PCAPPS.

It allows students who do not meet the satisfactory academic progress guidelines to continue in the Pre-Clinical Program for one semester with a prescribed program of courses. Students may continue on MAS for an additional semester if the PCAPPS or the APRC sees significant improvement. While on probation, students are reviewed by the APRC each semester.

  • Students on MAS must achieve the minimum GPA standards for their year and term within two semesters to avoid an automatic recommendation for dismissal.
  • Students enrolled in the Year 1 or 2 of the Pre-Clinical Phase are placed on MAS if they earn a failing grade in any course or if their cumulative or term GPA is below 3.2.
  • Students in Year 3 are placed on MAS if their Year 3 WMPG is below 80%, or their Science GPA is below 2.75, or if they have D or F grades.
  • Students are required to comply with the decisions and conditions stipulated by PCAPPS. There is no appeal of PCAPPS decisions or conditions.