Addendums

Student Handbook Addendum – effective April 1, 2019

This is an addendum to the February 19, 2019 edition of the Ross University School of Medicine Student Handbook and the policies outlined in this addendum supersedes previous editions.

National Board of Medical Examiners© Comprehensive Clinical Science Examination – Page 61

Comprehensive Clinical Science Exam (CCSE)

This is a formative exam to gauge a student’s readiness for USMLE Step 2 CK and to prepare every student to score their best possible score.  The examination will be provided at no cost to students unless the student is a no-show or fails to cancel/reschedule within the time frame indicated by the Office of the Registrar.

Effective September 1, 2018, students are required to passthe NBME CCSE to be eligible to sit for the USMLE Step 2 CK. The current minimum passing score for the NBME CCSE is 74 and is subject to change.

Eligibility:

RUSM Students are eligible to sit for the NBME CCSE after receiving passing scores on four (4) NBME SCEs. Students are encouraged to successfully complete all clinical core clerkships prior to sitting for USMLE Step 2 CK.

Timeframe:

Students are required to sit for their first attempt on the NBME CCSE within 90 days from passing all six (6) NBME SCEs.  Failure to sit by this deadline will count as a failed attempt and the student will be charged an exam fee of $145 USD.  This fee is subject to change.

Please note that NBME CCSE exams are scheduled no earlier than 45 days in advance of the start of the two week exam window. Students must meet the eligibility criteria before submitting a request to schedule.  To schedule the NBME CCSE, please send a request to ExamAdministration@RossU.edu.

NBME CCSE Failures & “No Shows”:

Students have up to three (3) consecutive attempts to pass the NBME CCSE. If a student fails any exam attempt, but scores between a 68 and 73 on any attempt, an automatic fourth attempt will be granted.

For NBME CCSE retakes, students may sit for their next attempt 60 days after the date of the previous attempt.  However, the deadline to sit for the retake is 120 days from the date of the previous attempt.

Failure to sit by this deadline will count as a failed attempt and the student will be charged an exam fee of $145 USD.  This fee is subject to change.

A student who fails on their last attempt will be referred to the Student Promotions Committee – Clinical Science subcommittee for review.
USMLE STEP 1 EXAM

United States Medical Licensing Examination© Step 1 Policy – Page 63

USMLE Step 1 EXAM

Overview

USMLE Step 1 assesses fluency in basic medical science.Students must sit and pass the USMLE Step 1 to start clinical core track program.

Eligibility

In order take USMLEStep 1, students must be ECFMG verified by the Office of the Registrar. Eligibility for verification includes the following:

Timeframe

For students who pass the NBME CBSE on or before March 31, 2019 must sit for the first attempt USMLEStep 1 exam within six (6) months of passing the NBME CBSE. For students who pass the NBME on or after April 1, 2019 must sit for the first attempt on USMLE Step 1 exam within four (4) months of passing the NBME CBSE.Students who fail to sit for their first attempt by the established deadline will be Administratively Withdrawn from RUSM.

Step 1 Failures

Students who fail USMLE Step 1 on or before March 31, 2019 will be required to sit for their retake within six (6) months of their prior exam attempt. Any student who fails to sit for their USMLEStep 1 retake by this deadline will be administratively withdrawn from RUSM.

Students who fail USMLE Step 1 on or after April 1, 2019 will be required to sit for their retake within four (4) months of their prior exam attempt. Any student who fails to sit for their USMLEStep 1 retake by this deadline will be administratively withdrawn from RUSM.

Please note that all USMLE scores (pass or fail) must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar within 30 days of receipt. Students who fail to submit their score reports will have a Registrar Hold placed on their account.

Students must submit their failing USMLE Step Score report to the Office of the Registrar prior to being verified for the retake.

Effective September 1, 2018, students who matriculate into RUSM on or after 9/1/18 will have up to four (4) attempts to pass USMLE Step 1. Students who matriculated into RUSM prior to 9/1/18 will have up to six (6) attempts to pass USMLEStep 1. Students who fail to pass USMLE Step 1 on their final attempt will be subject to dismissal.

Students who matriculate into RUSM on or after September 1, 2018 and are subsequently dismissed for failing to pass USMLE Step 1 on their final attempt are not eligible to appeal.

These attempts must be in accordance with the requirement for the student to complete their degree requirements within seven (7) years of matriculation. If it is determined that the student will not be able to complete their degree requirements within the seven year timeframe, they will be dismissed from RUSM.

Please refer to “Appeals Process for Academic Dismissals” section for more information.

Students who are dismissed or withdrawn (personally or administratively) will have their ECFMG status revoked. If the student is reinstated or readmitted, they will need to reapply to ECFMG and register for a new exam. Students reinstated or readmitted for USMLE Step 1 will be given a deadline and will be required to submit:

Overview

USMLE Step 1 assesses fluency in basic medical science.Students must sit and pass the USMLE Step 1 to start clinical core track program.

Eligibility

In order take USMLEStep 1, students must be ECFMG verified by the Office of the Registrar. Eligibility for verification includes the following:

 Timeframe

For students who pass the NBME CBSE on or before March 31, 2019 must sit for the first attempt USMLEStep 1 exam within six (6) months of passing the NBME CBSE. For students who pass the NBME on or after April 1, 2019 must sit for the first attempt on USMLE Step 1 exam within four (4) months of passing the NBME CBSE.

Students who fail to sit for their first attempt by the established deadline will be Administratively Withdrawn from RUSM.

Step 1 Failures

Students who fail USMLE Step 1 on or before March 31, 2019 will be required to sit for their retake within six (6) months of their prior exam attempt. Any student who fails to sit for their USMLEStep 1 retake by this deadline will be administratively withdrawn from RUSM.

Students who fail USMLE Step 1 on or after April 1, 2019 will be required to sit for their retake within four (4) months of their prior exam attempt. Any student who fails to sit for their USMLEStep 1 retake by this deadline will be administratively withdrawn from RUSM.

Please note that all USMLE scores (pass or fail) must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar within 30 days of receipt. Students who fail to submit their score reports will have a Registrar Hold placed on their account.

Students must submit their failing USMLE Step Score report to the Office of the Registrar prior to being verified for the retake.

Effective September 1, 2018, students who matriculate into RUSM on or after 9/1/18 will have up to four (4) attempts to pass USMLE Step 1. Students who matriculated into RUSM prior to 9/1/18 will have up to six (6) attempts to pass USMLEStep 1. Students who fail to pass USMLE Step 1 on their final attempt will be subject to dismissal.

Students who matriculate into RUSM on or after September 1, 2018 and are subsequently dismissed for failing to pass USMLE Step 1 on their final attempt are not eligible to appeal.

These attempts must be in accordance with the requirement for the student to complete their degree requirements within seven (7) years of matriculation. If it is determined that the student will not be able to complete their degree requirements within the seven year timeframe, they will be dismissed from RUSM.

Please refer to “Appeals Process for Academic Dismissals” section for more information.

Students who are dismissed or withdrawn (personally or administratively) will have their ECFMG status revoked. If the student is reinstated or readmitted, they will need to reapply to ECFMG and register for a new exam. Students reinstated or readmitted for USMLE Step 1 will be given a deadline and will be required to submit:

 

Administrative Withdrawal Policy – Page 68

Administrative Withdrawal

Students are subject to Administrative Withdrawal if they:

A student who is Administratively Withdrawn will be reported as withdrawn effective the last date of any academically related activity or the date the institution determined the change in status. The withdrawal date will be reported to the U.S. Department of Education which will cause the student’s loans to enter repayment status, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the loans.  Please consult with the Office of Student Finance to determine the impact on individual loan repayment.