Graduation Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine

Graduation Competencies

Students are expected to demonstrate competencies expected by the faculty in patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, system-based practice, life-long learning skills, and practice-based learning.

For more information, please visit our curriculum page.

Course Requirements

Students must successfully pass all required courses in the pre-clerkship curriculum, the third year clinical clerkships, and fourth year electives and courses that count toward required weeks of instruction.

Curriculum Details

Fourth Year Clinical Performance Exam (CPX)

The CPX assesses students ability to perform a focused history, physical examination, and initial evaluation of a standardized patient who presents with a common clinical condition.  Students are required to review videos of their interactions, perform a self-assessment, meet with a faculty member to review performance, and develop an action plan to improve their clinical skills.

USMLE Requirements

Students are expected to take, pass and complete USMLE step 1, 2 (CK and CS) exams at specific timelines in their education.  Students are allowed up to three (3) attempts to pass the exam before they may be considered for dismissal.

USMLE Step 1

The School of Medicine Bylaws and Regulations require that you take and pass the USMLE Step 1. The deadline for successfully completing the test is April 15 (unless this date falls on a Sunday the deadline is April 16 in order to continue your enrollment with third year clerkships in spring quarter).  

A passing score on USMLE Step 1 is a pre-requisite for the third year clerkships.  

USMLE Step 2

The USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS) must be taken by December 31 of the year prior to graduation.  Passing scores on both exams are required for graduation.

Refer to for application and practice exams for the CK and CS.  Students with a learning or other disability are responsible for making specific application to the NBME for test accommodations.  Students should contact the Academic Support Program office for assistance.