USMLE Examinations
(Temporary Addendum)

Policy 2540.70

Policy Statement

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Larner College of Medicine students in the class of 2022 must fulfill Medical Student Handbook Policy 540.70 - USMLE Examinations with the following amendments:

  1. Students in this cohort, with the permission of an Associate/Assistant Dean for Students, are permitted to enroll in the Clerkship Level curriculum prior to taking the USMLE Step 1 examination.
  2. Students must take the USMLE Step 1 examination prior to beginning any Advanced Integration Level, required or elective, clinical coursework.  Students will be permitted to enroll in Advanced Integration Level non-clinical rotations prior to taking the USMLE Step 1 examination.
    1. Students are expected to schedule the exam so that it does not conflict with scheduled coursework.
    2. If a score is not received from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) by a clinical Advanced Integration course start date, students will be permitted to begin the clinical course.
    3. If a student is notified of a failing score during the first clinical rotation, they will be allowed to complete that rotation; however, will not be permitted to continue into subsequent clinical rotations until retaking the exam.
    4. If the student is then notified of a second failure, the student will be allowed to complete the rotation they are engaged in at the time however will not be permitted to continue into subsequent clinical rotations until passing the exam.
    5. Delayed exams, exam results and/or exam failures may result in delayed graduation and degree conferral.

Applicability of the Policy

Medical Students graduating with the class of 2022

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

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

  • 7.0 Curricular Content
  • 9.6 Setting Standards of Achievement


12/7/2020 Policy Addendum Adopted/Approved [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Associate/Assistant Dean for Students (Director of Academic Achievement)

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