MD Degree Graduation Requirements
Policy Title: MD Degree Graduation Requirements
Approval Authority: Dean’s Advisory Council
Responsible Entity: College of Medicine – Undergraduate Medical Education
Policy Owner: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
I. Purpose of This Policy
To articulate requirements that must be completed in order to receive the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.
II. Policy Statement
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree is awarded when the faculty of the college believe a student has successfully demonstrated achievement of the College of Medicine institutional learning objectives (ILOs) and attained the maturity of thought and proficiency in medicine to be a competent and compassionate physician. If a student is unsuccessful, they do not fail in any one aspect medicine but are judged by the faculty to be unqualified for the practice of medicine as a whole.
Candidates for the MD degree must be over 21 years of age, must be of good moral character, must have completed the prescribed course of study, and passed USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, Step 2CS, and the COM Clinical Competency Exam.
Students enrolled in the MD degree program will have three (3) years to complete the preclerkship curriculum phase up to and including the passing of Step 1, and three (3) years to complete the clinical curriculum phase including the passing of Step 2CK and Step 2CS. The maximum amount of time for degree completion is six (6) years from the date of matriculation. Students who are pursuing a dual degree must still adhere to these conditions for completion of the MD curriculum portion of the degree. If a student fails to achieve competency and complete their degree within the specified time, they may be recommended for dismissal by the Student Progress Committee.
This policy applies to MUSC College of Medicine students enrolled in the MD degree and MD-dual degree programs.
III. Approval Authority
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Dean’s Advisory Committee
IV. Who Should Be Knowledgeable about This Policy
College of Medicine students enrolled in the MD degree and MD-dual degree programs
College of Medicine Faculty
College of Medicine Deans and Administrative Staff
V. Special situations
See the COM policies for Progress, Promotion and Probation for additional information about how the 3 year and 6 year timeframe is calculated.
VI. Sanctions for Non-compliance
If a student fails to achieve competency and complete their degree within the specified time, they may be recommended for dismissal by the Student Progress Committee.
VII. Related Information
COM Institutional Learning Objectives
COM Progress, Promotion and Probation Policy
COM Professionalism Policy
VIII. Communication Plan
Students enrolled in the MD degree program will be educated about this policy at their orientation to medical school and will attest to reviewing all COM education policies annually. All teaching faculty are required to review key policies related to education on an annual basis. All of these entities listed are notified if policy changes occur.
IX. Review Cycle
Every 3 years or sooner if indicated by program changes.
X. Approval History
Approval Authority Date Approved
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee 2012 (Original approval)
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee August 2, 2019
Dean’s Advisory Committee
XI. Approval Signature
Donna Kern, MD
Title: Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education