Student Life: Clinical Medicine

TRANSITIONING FROM BASIC SCIENCES TO CLINICAL SCIENCES

When the time comes for you to depart from RUSM, we hope you will have solid skills for the first steps of your fulfilling career, a network of many friends, and confidence in the path ahead of you. The following policies and recommendations regarding your departure from Dominica will help you move successfully to the next phase of your training.

Debt

You must satisfy all local debts before you depart. The Dominican laws on debt are particularly strict. On some occasions when students have attempted to leave the country with unsatisfied debt, they have found themselves detained or jailed. Students are responsible for all debts to landlords, local restaurants, shops, phone companies, RUSM, and others.

Departing Dominica with outstanding debt on your RUSM student account will prevent you from seeking clinical clerkships and proceeding to the next phase of your education. You will not be allowed to obtain needed transcripts from the New Jersey office until you have made arrangement for payment of your student obligations.

Students who have an outstanding balance on their RUSM student account at the completion of the Foundations of Medicine will not be scheduled for clinical clerkship clerkships and will not be provided with any official transcripts.

NBME SUBJECT CLERKSHIP EXAM POLICY

In an effort to better prepare RUSM students to pass the USMLE Step 2 CK exam on their ‘first attempt’, the following apply to all clerkships that begin on or after September 1, 2015.

NBME Subject Clerkship Exam (SCE) Scoring and Grading:

Once the examination is successfully passed, the “I” grade will be replaced with the final grade in the clerkship.

Multiple SCE Failures and Required Independent Study Period (ISP)

Students in TW status are considered not enrolled and may be subject to repayment status depending on the policies of their lenders.

CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS – STUDENT REFERENCE GUIDE

CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS

Adding a Clerkship

Affiliate Hospital Sites: Students are permitted to add a clinical clerkship at an affiliate hospital 30 calendar days* prior to the start date. Approval to add a clinical clerkship is at the discretion of the Office of Clinical Clerkships. Requests outside of the Office of Clinical Clerkships will not be accepted.

*Please note some affiliate hospital sites require no additions within 60 or 90 calendar days. Students are strongly advised to contact the Office of Clinical Clerkships prior to scheduling.

Non-Affiliate Hospital Sites: Students interested in non-affiliate clerkships, must submit a Non-Affiliate Application 45 calendar days prior to the start date. Requests to add a non-affiliate clerkship within 45 calendar days of the start will not be accepted.

Dropping a Clerkship

Students are not permitted to drop a clinical clerkship within 30 calendar days* of the start date, or after beginning the clerkship. Exceptions to this policy may be made by the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Operations or authorized designee, at his or her discretion.

*Please note some affiliate hospital sites do not permit students to drop within 60 or 90 calendar days. Students are strongly advised to contact the Office of Clinical Clerkships prior to dropping any clerkships.

If a student drops a clinical clerkship within 30 calendar days of the start date or after beginning the clerkship without written permission from RUSM, the student may be subject to the following:

CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS AND ELECTIVES IN NEW YORK

All students that are scheduled for clerkships within the state of New York, albeit a core or elective clerkship, must submit their completed New York State Education Department application to their designated program coordinator 30-days prior to the start of their clerkships, along with any additional requested documentation.

Should a student be scheduled for an affiliate clerkship, the student must complete the long-term clerkship application; while a student seeking a non-affiliate elective clerkship must subm t a Letter of Eligibility application with required payment. Additional information is located on the student portal.