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Requirements for Promotion & Graduation

A. Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine must exhibit the requisite attitudes, skills, knowledge and professional behavior to complete the prescribed course of study, and must meet "The Essential Functions for Admission and Matriculation" cited in the catalog of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In addition, a candidate must also possess personal qualifications and attributes deemed necessary to perform the duties of a medical professional. Specifically, all candidates are expected to exhibit unimpaired judgment and behavior consistent with the responsibilities of a medical professional. Thus, in addition to the usual academic evaluations for each course, the student evaluation will also take into consideration the following:

  • Professional demeanor
  • Professional conduct
  • Concern for the welfare and dignity of patients
  • Concern for the rights of others
  • Responsibility to duty
  • Trustworthiness
  • Honesty
  • Ethical conduct
  • Aberrant behavior
  • General or specific conduct meriting concern

B. Entrance into the second year requires successful completion of the first year curriculum and compliance with the reporting requirements for the Independent Project. Entrance into the third year requires successful completion of the second year curriculum and compliance with the reporting requirements for the Independent Project. Prior to beginning required rotations of the fourth year curriculum, students must satisfactorily complete all core clerkships of the third year and satisfy the reporting requirements for the Independent Project. Students who fail to satisfy these requirements will not be permitted to register for the next academic year.

C. Students for whom greater than 2.5 years have elapsed since the completion of the second year Patient Centered Medicine course must satisfy the following requirements prior to entry into the third year:

  1. Students must take a six week "practice clerkship" in Medicine or Family Medicine, at least 50% of which shall be in an inpatient setting, immediately prior to entry into the third year curriculum. The activities of the "practice clerkship" will conform to a standard clerkship except that no written exam will be given, no credit will be given, and no grade will be entered on the transcript. The student will, however, be given evaluative feedback. This requirement will be waived for students in an M.D./Ph.D. program that includes regular clinical experiences during the Ph.D. phase.
  2. Students must take Introduction to the Clerkship Experience prior to taking the first clerkship or elective for credit.
  3. For M.D./Ph.D. students, all work for the Ph.D. (including thesis defense and revisions) must be completed prior to starting the "practice clerkship," if a ―practice clerkship‖ is required, or the first clerkship for credit, if a ―practice clerkship‖ is not required.

D. All students must pass the Summative Clinical Skills Assessment, complete the Clinical Procedures Requirement, and complete the Independent Scholarly Project.

E. Successful completion of twenty-one weeks of electives (three of which must be in an ambulatory outpatient specialty) are required for graduation. All electives in which a student enrolls must be passed. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the Academic Standing Committee, up to four weeks of electives may be waived. In certain cases, the M.D. degree may be awarded after the University commencement, once the student successfully completes all requirements.

  1. Students who are in the M.D./Ph.D. program and have completed all course and research requirements for the Ph.D. (as certified by the thesis advisor) will be allowed to substitute the Ph.D. training for up to 16 weeks of electives.
  2. Students who are in the M.D./M.P.H. program or the M.D./M.B.A. program and have completed all requirements for the M.P.H. or M.B.A. (as certified by the program director) will be allowed to substitute previously taken health care related courses, as approved by a Dean of SA, for up to 12 weeks of electives
  3. Students who are in the M.D./M.S.C.T.S. program and have completed all requirements for the MSCTS (as certified by the program director) will be allowed to substitute health care related courses for up to 12 weeks of elective credit as approved by a Dean of SA.
  4. Students engaged in Student Scholar activity (approved by a Dean of Student Affairs) after completion of the pre-clerkship curriculum may receive up to 8 weeks of elective credit. In order to receive credit, students must submit an approved Individually Designed Elective form to the Office of the Registrar prior to beginning this activity.
  5. Students who complete masters or doctoral programs at other universities while enrolled at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School may receive up to 12 weeks of elective credit for work done toward a masters degree and 16 weeks of elective credit for work done toward a doctoral degree with approval of the Dean of Student Affairs. These credits will be awarded for health sciences related courses as determined by a Dean of Student Affairs (SA).

F. All students must successfully complete the full third and fourth year curricula and pass the United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 Clinical Skills prior to being awarded the M.D. degree.