Last updated on December 2nd, 2021

Promotion into the Clinical Program

Students are eligible to be promoted to the clinical years if they have passed all Basic Principles of Medicine (BPM) and Principles of Clinical Medicine (PCM) coursework and they have met the requirements as per the Clinical Transition Course. Failure to complete the coursework associated with the Clinical Transition Course will prevent students from entering the Clinical Program. Passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 is a prerequisite for placement in hospitals in the United States.

Students must complete the Basic Sciences, i.e., pass all BPM and PCM coursework, within a maximum of 3 years. For those students who require the full 3-years, they must then adhere to the following timeline:

Within 1-6 months post-completion of Basic Sciences:
  • Sit and pass USMLE Step 1
  • or progress to the UK to start clinicals
≥ 6 months post-completion of Basic Sciences:
  • Progress to UK to start clinicals

For those students who require the full 3 years to complete the Basic Sciences, the full MD Program, including the clinical program must be completed within 6 years of matriculation. .

Progression Requirements – Year 2  to Year 3

 

To successfully progress from the Year 2 of the MD Program (Basic Sciences) to Year 3 of the MD Program (Clinical Studies), students must have met the following requirements:

 

Administrative Requirements:

 

Students must complete the following administrative requirements in order to be cleared to start rotations:

  • be in financial good standing
  • have health insuranc
  • have their St. George’s University School of Medicine (SGUSOM) health forms cleared by the department of Student Health Records Management
  • Submit for a criminal background check
  • Affirm to reading the Clinical Training Manual
  • Complete any certification courses or paperwork required by the state where the clerkship is undertaken (ie. New York state training in Infection Control)

 

Academic Requirements:

Students must complete the following academic requirements in order to be cleared to start rotations:

  • Complete all Basic Sciences requirements in accordance with the standards for academic progress
  • Cultural Competency review course
  • Communication Skills Course A
  • Emergency Medicine Course
  • Complete all requirements of the Transition to Clinicals Course

Progression Requirements for Year 3 to Year 4

 

To successfully progress from Year 3 to Year 4, students must be in good academic standing and have met the following requirements:

 

  • Complete all Basic Sciences requirements in accordance with the standards for academic progress
  • Complete 42 weeks in 5 core clinical rotations in accordance with standards for academic progress
  • Pass all core clerkship NBME clinical subject exams.
  • Make progress toward completing the MD program within the 6 year maximum allowable timeline.

Timeline Requirements:

 

Students must adhere to the following timeline requirements:

 

  • Complete the MD program within 6 years of matriculation
  • Complete all Basic Sciences requirements within 3 years of matriculation.
  • Those students who have used the 3 year maximum timeline to complete the Basic Sciences, must start their first core clerkship within 6 months of completing the Basic Sciences (3.5 years from matriculation). This 6 month period is considered to be time “borrowed” from the 3 year maximum allowed to complete the two years of Clinical Studies.
  • Students who take more than three years to finish basic sciences, must start core rotations immediately upon completing term 5. This means that students who plan to take the USMLE Step 1 examination must do so at the end of their core clinical rotations. Currently these rotations can only be offered in the UK.
  • Those students who have been granted special permission by the CAPPS to exceed the maximum timeline must immediately start their first clerkship upon completing the Basic Sciences.
  • Student must allow themselves no less than 2 years to complete the required 80 weeks of clerkships.

Failure to meet this timeline may result in a recommendation for dismissal due to timeline.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK

The University conducts criminal background checks on all students prior to placement in the clinical program. The cost of the criminal background check shall be paid by students.

CLINICAL YEARS

Students are required to be at the hospital/clinic daily, Monday through Friday, as well as evenings and weekends if scheduled by the site. During clinical rotations, no unexcused absences are permitted. Missing a lecture or failing to fulfill a clinical assignment will call into question a student’s ability to accept the necessary responsibilities required of a physician. If a student must be absent for a period of a few hours, or a day or two, the student must obtain permission from the clerkship director before leaving. If a student is absent without permission from a scheduled rotation (including electives), the absenteeism could result in a lower or failing grade, and/or disciplinary action.

BRIDGE TIME FOR STUDENTS

Clinical rotations are scheduled year-round. Clinical students who need to schedule a few weeks off between rotations may do so. This is referred to as bridge time. Students must notify their clinical student coordinator in the Office of Clinical Education Operations and receive approval prior to taking bridge time. The amount of bridge time available to students depends upon when the clinical period begins. Students are allowed up to 20 weeks of bridge time within a 12-month period. Liberal use of bridge time may negatively impact satisfactory academic progress and ultimate graduation date.

CLINICAL EXAMINATIONS

Examination policies and procedures during the clinical terms are described in the Clinical Training Manual.

THE USMLE

Students who are seeking a residency in the United States must take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The Office of the University Registrar will certify students to sit the USMLE Step 1 if, at the end of Term 5, they have successfully completed BPM and PCM and they have met the requirements as per the Clinical Transition Course. Students who pass USMLE Step 1 should immediately notify the Office of Clinical Education Operations.  Students who fail the USMLE Step 1 must also notify the Placement Coordinators and the AADS academic advisors at USMLE@sgu.edu. Students who fail the USMLE Step 1 may retake the examination but must stay within academic progress guidelines.

USMLE APPLICATION

The USMLE information is available online (). Before completing the online part of the application, all students must read, in its entirety, the information booklet for pertinent USMLE instructions.

The Application for ECFMG Certification consists of an on-line application available through ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) and the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) that must be completed and notarized using NotaryCam. Please contact the Office of the University Registrar at ECFMGVerify@Sgu.edu for any questions.

USMLE Step 1 information or assistance can be obtained from emailing  or by visiting the ECFMG website.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is the responsibility of the students to maintain a timely progression through the curriculum, which includes being able to start the Clinical Sciences and complete the MD program within 6 years of matriculation. Students who have difficulty passing any USMLE examination should not let repeated leaves of absence to study for and retake these examinations interfere with their overall academic progress. (See Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards).