PURPOSE
To outline the deadline by which medical students must complete the USMLE Step 2CK exam, the process for requesting an exception to this deadline and the process for remediating a Step 2CK exam failure.

AUDIENCE
All medical students

LCME STANDARD
8.4 Evaluation of Educational Program Outcomes

POLICY

  1. All students are required to pass the USMLE Step 2CK exam in order to graduate from the School. Students are allowed a finite number of attempts at the USMLE Step 2CK, as specified in the SOM Bylaws and Regulations.
  2. Students who do not pass USMLE Step 2CK on the first attempt will be placed on Academic Warning. Students who do not pass USMLE Step 2CK on the second attempt will be placed on Academic Probation. Failure to pass the exam after the maximum number of allowable attempts (as specified in the SOM Bylaws and Regulations) is grounds for a dismissal recommendation by the Committee on Student Promotions (CSP).
  3. Students who do not pass USMLE Step 2CK on the first or second attempt must work with the Dean of Students, the Director of Student Development and the Office of Student Learning and Educational Resources to develop a plan to prepare for and retake the exam. All plans for remediation of USMLE Step 2CK must be approved by the Committee on Student Promotions.
  4. June graduates
    Students who intended to graduate in June must take and complete their USMLE Step 2CK on or before December 31, of the year prior to their June graduation.  It is recommended students complete Step 2 CK by August 31, so scores are available for their residency application.
  5. December graduates
    Students who intend to graduate in December must take and complete their USMLE Step 2CK on or before June 30, of the year in which they intend to graduate.
  6. Students planning to take a year off for research, to pursue an advanced degree or other academic enrichment experience, must complete Step 2CK prior to beginning their year off.

PROCEDURE

  1. Students who wish to request an exception to this policy will need to make that request via e-mail to the CSP Chair. June graduates must submit the request by October 15, of the year in which they are required to take Step 2CK. December graduates must submit their request by April 15, of the year in which they are required to take Step 2CK. Requests for an exception to the deadlines should include an explanation of why the delay is being requested and a proposed take and complete date. CSP will review the request and make a final determination about whether or not the request will be approved.
  2. Students who do not meet the deadlines outlined in this policy, without prior written approval from the CSP, will be placed on academic warning and will be required to come to CSP for a discussion of their actions and formulation of a plan to complete USMLE Step 2CK.

RESPONSIBILITY
Committee on Student Promotions

REFERENCES
UC Davis School of Medicine Bylaws and Regulations, Regulation 60 (2) (A)

RELATED POLICY
Extending the MD Program Policy

POLICY OWNER
Committee on Student Promotions

REVIEWED BY
Committee on Student Promotions*
Associate Dean of Students

REVIEWED DATE and REVIEW CYCLE
January 2021; 2-year cycle