Last updated on December 2nd, 2021

Matriculation Timelines

TIMELINE FOR AUGUST MATRICULANTS

Students who matriculate in the August term complete their MD program in four years, assuming no extension to their timeline.

  1. BPM and PCM: Students complete these courses in May of the second year following their matriculation.
  2. Start of the clerkship year: Students who wish to start clinical training in the United States take the USMLE Step 1 in July and start their first clinical term in August or September. Students who wish to start clinical training in the United Kingdom do not have to take the USMLE Step 1 and can start in the United Kingdom in July.
  3. End of the advanced clinical year: Students complete the clinical curriculum by May or June in the second year following the commencement of clinical training (e.g., if clinical training begins in July, August, or September 2019, then graduation is in June 2020). This is four years or less after matriculation. Students interested in a US residency should seek a May graduation date, if possible, to ensure ECFMG paperwork and state licensing paperwork prior to the start of residency orientation.

Terms 6 through 10 represent an intensive educational period. Students who start in September have approximately 90 weeks to complete an 80-week curriculum. During this time, students interested in a US residency also study for and take the USMLE Step 2 (CK) and apply for residencies.

  1. TIMELINE FOR JANUARY/APRIL MATRICULANTSStudents who matriculate in the January/April term generally complete their MD program in four and a half years (4.5), assuming no extension to their timeline.
    1. Basic Sciences: Students complete these courses in December of the second year following their matriculation.
    2. Start of the clerkship year: Students who wish to start clinical training in the United States take the USMLE Step 1 in March and start their first clinical term in May or June. Students who wish to start clinical training in the United Kingdom do not have to take the USMLE Step 1 and can start in the United Kingdom in January or April.
    3. End of the advanced clinical year: While students can graduate in December in the second year after starting clinical training, most students opt to graduate in May, approximately two years after starting clinical training. Terms 6 through 10 represent an intensive educational period. Students who start in May have approximately 100 weeks to complete an 80-week curriculum and graduate in June. During this time, students interested in a US residency also study for and take the USMLE Step 2 (CK) and apply for residencies.

EXTENDED TIME LINES

Students are expected to complete BPM and PCM within five consecutive terms in order to complete this portion of their MD program in two years (as described above). Nonetheless, students who encounter unanticipated personal setbacks or academic difficulties can request an extension of the timeline.

Students may be granted a timeline extension for one of the following reasons:

  • Leave of Absence (LOA) to address personal setbacks (example, medical conditions) that prevent the student from successfully completing the academic term
  • Credit Remediation (CR) when academic performance is at risk of not meeting academic performance standards
  • A recommendation by the Academic Progress Review Committee (APRC) or by the Committee on Academic Progress and Professional Standards (CAPPS) for a student to repeat failed coursework.

Students should note, however, that timeline extensions will be factored into the decision-making and recommendation process of the APRC and the CAPPS should students subsequently fail to meet performance standards.

Additional LOAs between Terms 5 and 6 may be granted.

Timeline Requirements for the MD Program

The MD program is designed for students to complete in 4 or 4.5 years depending on matriculation, with 2 years spent studying the Basic Sciences phase (Year 1 and Year 2) and 2 years spent completing the Clinical Studies phase (Year 3 and Year 4). Students may take additional time to remediate courses, prepare for Step exams (bridge time), or take Leave of Absence for a variety of reasons. However, students may not take more than 6 years from the date of matriculation to complete the MD program.

Students intending to start the Clinical Science phase in the US will typically use time available between the Basic Sciences phase and Clinical Science phase (“GAP” time) to prepare for and take the Step 1 exam. Students who complete the Basic Science phase in 2 years have up to 1 year to start the Clinical Phase and those who have taken 2.5 years have up to 6 months; however most students progress to clinicals within 3-5 months to ensure their timelines fit with ideal clerkship start dates, Step 2 schedules, and the NRMP timing  and are discouraged from taking an excessive amount of time between the phases unless content remediation for the Step 1 warrants additional preparation time. Those students who have taken the maximum 3 years to complete the Basic Sciences must start their clinical studies in the US or the UK within 6 months of completing the Basic Sciences. In rare cases, students may have been granted an exception as a result of failing a course of <4 credits or by the CAPPS to take additional time to complete the Basic Sciences. In such cases, students must progress from the Basic Sciences directly to the Clinical Science phase at the next available clerkship start date.

Regardless of when the clinical phase begins (the first clerkship), students must remain on track to complete the MD program within 6 years of matriculation. Due to the expectations and timeline for completing the clinical phase, any student with less than 2 years remaining timeline, who has not yet started the clerkship phase, or any student who delays progress during the clinical phase such that a 6 year completion is impossible, will be reviewed by the APRC and may be recommended for dismissal. Any student recommended for dismissal may appeal to the CAPPS.

CLINICAL TRANSITION COURSE

After successfully completing Term 5, students will be enrolled in a Clinical Transition Course that is a mandatory requirement for graduation. Students will be required to maintain communication with AADS advisors until they sit for and pass the USMLE Step 1 or start clinical rotations in the UK. A lack of communication will be considered a failure to meet professional behavior standards. Failure to meet these professional behavior standards may result in students not being promoted to clinical rotations and/or being recommended for dismissal.