The School tracks academic marginality using marginality points. A student who accumulates a total of ten (10) points in the first 2 years of medical school or twelve (12) points during the first 3 years of medical school will be considered to have chronic academic marginality, irrespective of other grades. Said student will be automatically referred to the Committee on Academic Standing and may be at risk for dismissal from the school. This is how we calculate the marginality points:
- “Marginal performance” for year 1 is 65 to <70
- For year 2 it is 68 to <72
- For years 3 and 4 it is Low Pass.
An F or marginal performance in the following courses will constitute 2 points each:
- The Body
- Molecular Foundations of Medicine
- Neuroscience I
- Foundations of Medical Practice
- Pharmacology and
- Pathophysiology I, II, IV, V
- In the clinical years, a failure of any NBME exam or an F or LP grade
An F or marginal performance in the following will constitute 3 marginality points:
- Pathophysiology III: Pulmonary/Cardiology/Renal
- Failure of USMLE Step I examination
Additionally, a student with a Step I exam failure and three failures of NBME subject exams, regardless of the total number of marginality points or remediation, will be automatically referred to the Committee on Academic Standing and may be at risk for dismissal from the school.