Graduation Degree Requirements

Policy 565.45

Policy Statement

To graduate from the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, degree candidates must:

  1. Fulfill all course requirements in accordance with Policy 560.00 - Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  2. Pass USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK in accordance with  Policy 540.70 - USMLE Examinations.
  3. Complete a required rotation in which they are a member of a medical team that includes residents prior to submitting their residency application.
  4. Complete all Foundations and Clerkship Level requirements, including End of Foundations and End of Clerkship Clinical Skills Exams.
  5. Satisfactorily complete the Advanced Integration Level course requirements that follow. Per Federal Aid regulations and University Compliance guidance, students are not permitted to receive financial aid for credits which exceed those required to satisfy degree requirements. At the Advanced Integration Level students are permitted to enroll in 48 credits applicable to their degree.
    1. Acting Internship in Internal Medicine (4 weeks).
    2. Acting Internship of student’s choice (4 weeks). 
    3. Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
    4. Surgical Subspecialties (4 weeks)
    5. Teaching Practicum or Scholarly Project (4 weeks)
    6. Electives (28 weeks)
  6. Complete Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification courses (BLS-001 and ACLS-001) in order to obtain and maintain current ACLS certification. If ACLS certification expires, the student is responsible for the cost of additional testing. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) provider card is not required for ACLS; however, students are expected to be proficient in BLS skills and to pass BLS-001.

Medical students officially become graduates of the Larner College of Medicine upon degree conferral.

Policy Elaboration and Procedures

Advanced Integration Level students are responsible for maintaining a current and accurate schedule in OASIS to ensure that all enrollment blocks are accounted for (academic calendars are available on the sidebar of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum webpage). Students should monitor wait list statuses. Retroactive enrollment and schedule changes are not permitted.

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) requires institutions to certify student eligibility for all students wishing to participate in The Match; thereby, indicating whether students are eligible to enter residency training by July 01. By January 1st in the student’s established graduation year, students’ schedules must reflect all course requirements to be considered eligible to participate in the NRMP.

In order to certify that an Advanced Integration Level student is on track to graduate, the student’s schedule must reflect all course requirements no later than January 1st, and on an on-going basis throughout January, February, and March. Students may continue to modify their schedules after this date; however, all degree requirements must be completed by the last date of the final enrollment block. The Office of Medical Education will run periodic degree audits through April in order to provide a final graduation list for Advancement Committee approval in late spring. Students that do not meet the criteria will be referred to the Associate/Assistant Dean for Students for continued guidance and support to ensure the requirements are completed.

Please note that federal education loans are calculated and disbursed on a semester basis and require students to be enrolled at least half time to be considered eligible. The LCOM academic year is divided into two semesters for billing and aid purposes: spring (January 1 through June 30) and fall (July 01 through December 31).

Applicability of the Policy

All Medical Students

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies/Resources

Important Graduation Information - UVM Office of the Registrar

Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)

  • 3.1 Resident Participation in Medical Student Education
  • 9.9 Student Advancement and Appeal Process
  • 10.3 Policies Regarding Student Selection/Progress and Their Dissemination
  • 10.5 Technical Standards


  • 2/16/2016 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 8/20/2019 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/17/2019 Hyperlinks updated (UVM migration) [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 2/18/2020 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 6/16/2020 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 8/18/2020 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 9/30/2020 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 4/27/2021 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 3/21/2023 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Associate/Assistant Dean for Students

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