Requirements to Graduate

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Reason for Policy

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Effective: 8/9/2016
Last Updated: 11/29/2017

Responsible University Office:
Medical Student Education

Responsible University Administrator
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education

Policy Contact:
Assistant Dean Medical Student Education

RESPONSIBLE Medical Student Education,
Student Promotions Committee
ACCOUNTABLE Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education
SUPPORT Medical Student Education
CONSULT Medical Student Education
INFORM Student Promotions Committee

LCME Standards

9.9-1 SD, 9.9-2 SD, 10.3 1 SD 1. 1.


This policy outlines the degree requirements and expectations of its learners pursuing a Doctorate in Medicine (MD).

Policy Statement

The MD degree will be conferred by Indiana University upon persons who have complied with the degree requirements as determined by the faculty.

Reason for Policy

In order to participate in Commencement activities, all graduation requirements must be expected to be completed no later than August 31 of that year. Combined degree students will be included in the IUSM Commencement Programs and class composite in the same year in which they expect to complete all requirements for the MD degree.


Approved by the CCSC on 8/9/16


The office of the registrar will confirm that each student has:

  1. Filed satisfactory evidence of having complied with the requirements for admission.
  2. Enrolled in all semesters (or equivalent) of medical instruction.
  3. Satisfactorily completed all educational objectives, competency requirements, course work, examinations, milestones and assessments as defined by the faculty.
  4. Maintain up to date credentials with clinical and educational affiliates (e.g. BLS, HIPAA, OSHA, etc.).
  5. Achieved a passing score on the Step 1, Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge), and Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills) components of the National Board of Medical Examiners United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
  6. Achieved a passing score on the summative institutionally-developed clinical skills examination (e.g. objective structured clinical examination [OSCE]).
  7. Maintained acceptable academic ethics and professional behavior.
  8. At the time of graduation is in good academic standing.
  9. Attended required Exit Counseling for federal student loan borrowers.
  10. Paid all fees in full.

USMLE (Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS) Requirements

The USMLE fulfills curricular requirements of the School and, in addition, meets part of the medical licensing requirements of state licensing boards (see below for more information). The following requirements relating to the USMLE must be met by all students.

  1. All students must take the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS examinations prior to graduation. See IUSM guidelines on USMLE for expected completion dates for each exam
  2. A student who fails to meet national passing levels generally will be permitted to complete the clerkship or elective in which he/she is currently enrolled.
  3. The Student Promotions Committee will review the complete academic records of students who fail to meet the national passing levels on these examinations.
  4. Neither the National Board of Medical Examiners nor Indiana University School of Medicine will release numeric scores without authorization from the student. Numeric scores will not appear on the official school transcript.
  5. Indiana State Statutory Code dictates that the United States Medical Licensing Examination be passed with a maximum of three attempts to pass each portion (Step) of the exam. Therefore, an IUSM student will only be allowed 3 opportunities to pass any given step of the USMLE examination. The CCSC has issued a policy statement affirming this requirement.

Current USMLE policies and procedures are available at


  • curriculum requirements shall be agreed upon by the Curriculum Council Steering The Committee (CCSC) and are noted on the following page:
  • The admission criteria outline the technical standards for admission. Students may be required to complete a fitness for duty examination if the standards are compromised.
  • Basic Life Support is required by most hospitals and students are encouraged to maintain active certification.


If a student does not meet the standards as outlined in the procedures it may jeopardize their ability to meet the graduation requirements.

Related Information

See the Student Promotions Committee Policy for information relating to the actions that may follow failure to meet the national passing level of a USMLE examination.


CCSC approved on 8/9/16.
Date for completion of Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS exams removed. Instead refer to the guidelines for USMLE for details on 11/29/17.
CCSC endorsed timing update on 12/12/17.