It is expected that DGSOM students will take all examinations on the date and time they are scheduled.
At times, however, circumstances may arise that may preclude a student from sitting for an examination. Details of the requirements for postponing an examination are covered in this policy. Note that this policy does not pertain to USMLE test delays that are covered in a separate policy.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify an Assistant or Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Course Chair and the Course Coordinator if he or she is unable to sit for an examination for one of the following circumstances:
Any student unable to take an examination due to illness or injury must provide a note from a licensed healthcare professional stating that the student’s condition precludes him or her from taking the examination on the scheduled date. Students not submitting a supporting letter to the Student Affairs Office will be given a failing grade for the missed examination.
Students who experience the death of a loved one are permitted to postpone the examination if they choose. However, students must consult with an Assistant or Associate Dean of Student Affairs for approval to postpone their examination.
All examinations not taken on the scheduled date of administration will need to be remediated on the next scheduled makeup examination date, as determined by the Year 1, Year 2 or Year 3 Academic Performance Committee (which for Block examinations and Anatomy examinations may not occur until the Spring or Summer).
Students who do not take a scheduled examination and who do not contact an Assistant or Associate Dean in advance to explain the circumstances will receive a failing grade on the examination.
Students cannot take exams while on leave of absence from the university.
Students cannot take an NBME shelf exam until they have completed that core clinical clerkship.
Personal days may not be taken on an examination day (see Personal Days Section in appropriate Attendance Policy).