Quantitative Standards: Satisfactory Academic Progress

Policy 560.20

Policy Statement

  1. The maximum time frame to earn the M.D. is six years, including leaves of absence granted by the Larner College of Medicine. Except as noted below, students shall not remain enrolled as candidates for the M.D. degree, and shall not receive financial aid, beyond six academic years from their matriculation to the Larner College of Medicine.
  2. The Larner College of Medicine curriculum is comprised of three segments: Foundations, Clerkships and Advanced Integration. The standard lengths of these curricular segments are as follows:
    1. Foundations –19 months
    2. Clerkships –12 months
    3. Advanced Integration –14 months
  3. In order to ensure timely progress toward their degrees and maintain Satisfactory Academic standing, students must:
    1. Complete the Foundations Level within three years of matriculation to the Larner College of Medicine.
    2. Complete the Clerkships Level within two years; except that a student who has taken more than the standard 19 months to complete Foundations must complete the Clerkships Level on a pace which maintains progress toward completion of the M.D. program by the end of the 6th academic year following matriculation to the Larner College of Medicine.
    3. Complete Advanced Integration Level:
      1. Within two years OR
      2. By the end of the sixth academic year following their matriculation to the Larner College of Medicine, whichever is sooner.
  4. Students granted leaves of absence from the Larner College of Medicine M.D. program in order to pursue additional degrees (e.g., Master's in Public Health) at a Title IV approved institution must meet the standards outlined in (1), (2) and (3) above and may not take more than six cumulative years to earn the M.D. degree. The period of time during which students are on leaves of absence to pursue additional degrees is excluded from the six year cumulative maximum time frame.
  5. The Quantitative Standards are monitored by the Committee on Advancement. Students who fail to meet the Quantitative Standards are ineligible for financial aid; however, students will be eligible for financial aid during periods of Financial Aid Probation or when academic plans are established as a result of an Appeal, which will allow students to meet the quantitative standards by specified dates.

Applicability of the Policy

All Students

Reviewed and Approved

  • Medical Curriculum Committee, on September 18, 2018

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