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The Student Competence Committee reviews student performance data, portfolios, and ESSAs in the context of the academic standards established by the Curriculum Committee to determine College course grades and promotion within the Shared Discovery Curriculum at the end of each semester.  The Student Competence Committee also ensures ongoing compliance with the Technical Standards for the MD degree.  The Committee is chaired by the Instructor of Record for all College courses.  

The Student Competence Committee is charged with:

  • reviewing student performance data in the context of the academic standards established by the Curriculum Committee to determine College course grades and promotion within the Shared Discovery Curriculum at the end of each semester
  • ensuring ongoing compliance with the Technical Standards for the MD degree as established by the College of Human Medicine
  • performing an annual review of policies and procedures regarding student assessment and promotion and offering a written report with any recommendations for policy and procedures to the College Advisory Council and the Dean for consideration and approval that result from the annual review
    Student Competence Committee



The Student Competence Committee is composed of:

  • 32 Fellows of the Academy (eight from each Learning Society)
  • eight members elected by the faculty at large
  • eight additional faculty members appointed by the dean for balancing committee composition

Committee members are assigned to one of four subcommittees.  Each subcommittee has representation from all four Learning Societies and the faculty at large.  The Grade Appeals subcommittee is also composed of members of this body.  Full details of committee and subcommittee structure are specified in the College by-laws.

Subcommittees are assigned students for performance review at matriculation, such that every subcommittee reviews students from all four Learning Societies for the duration of their enrollment.  Students’ performance continues to be reviewed by the same subcommittee throughout their enrollment in the College.  Fellows do not participate in discussions about or vote on students from their own Learning Societies and are recused when those students are reviewed during subcommittee meetings. 


The Student Competence Committee determines promotion when students:

  • attain additional clinical responsibility and independence (e.g. transition into the LCE)
  • require certification regarding requirements for the National Residency Match Program and/or conferral of the MD degree

To be promoted and enter the LCE, students must demonstrate successful completion of all ECE, MCE and Intersession coursework and pass the USMLE Step I examination, all within three years of matriculation.  For students who do not pass the USMLE Step 1 examination on their first attempt, remediation opportunities are available through the medical school and national exam preparation courses. Students must pass the exam within three attempts, taken over a maximum of 12 consecutive months. This may require enrollment in an independent study course or leave of absence before re-entering the standard curriculum. If at any time it is determined to be impossible for a student to complete the ECE, MCE, Intersessions and USMLE Step 1 requirements within three years, s/he will be suspended pending dismissal.

Similarly, students have three years to complete all LCE coursework and pass the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills and Clinical Knowledge examinations. Students must pass the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills examinations within three attempts each over a maximum of 12 consecutive months. Students must pass both examinations and be on trajectory to meet all other graduation requirements prior to the National Residency Match Program deadline to be certified for Match participation.

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