University of Pittsburgh

School of Medicine
Professional Medicine (M.D.) Course Catalog

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for the Granting of a Degree in Medicine (M.D.)

  1. Successful completion of the curricular requirements for each of the four (4) years
  2. Pass United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS).
  3. Must meet accepted standards of professional conduct and emotional stability.

1. The curricular requirements and the policy on normal academic progress are published in the Student Promotion Guidelines in the Student Handbook. All courses during the four years must be successfully completed to the satisfaction of the course directors. The Scholarly Project (SP) must be completed in accordance with the SP guidelines.

2. The USMLE Step 1 must be taken before the start of the third year. The Step 2 CK and CS must be taken by the end of November and December of the fourth year, respectively. All three steps must be passed as determined by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Certification for graduation will not be granted until the passing score is reported and the diploma will carry the next available University graduation date.

3. Professional conduct and emotional stability is reviewed by both the Retention Committees, which consist of course directors of all four years, as well as the Committee on Student Promotion.

In addition, the following items are either required or expected during the final two years:

Grade/Evaluation - An evaluation/grade of your performance during each course must be received by the Office of Student Affairs. The school registrar will assure that the Pitt faculty grade and evaluation are received, with the exception of research, independent study, or scholarly project experiences which are the student's responsibility. Students choosing to do an extramural elective are responsible to assure the grade/evaluation is received no later than the last day of the fourth year.

Student Evaluation of Courses - The school is committed to quality control of course offerings. Student feedback is the most important tool to meet this commitment. Therefore, evaluation of the courses of the final two years is expected. These evaluations are held in confidence and not released to the individual departments and/or faculty until after graduation, when they are available anonymously. Honest and complete evaluations will immeasurably aid the maintenance of high quality elective offerings.

AAMC Graduation Questionnaire - This longitudinal study is carried out by the Association of American Medical Colleges in three parts. You completed one part at the time of matriculation and you will be asked to do the third part toward the end of your internship year. This study provides important information about the student perception of medical education and has a direct affect on the accreditation criteria for medical schools. Your participation is valuable and appreciated.