Graduation Requirements

The following requirements must be met in order to graduate from Queen’s University College of Medicine:

  • ALL required administrative documents must be on file with Queen's University College of Medicine

  • Successful completion of required Basic and Clinical Science courses with a minimum grade of “C”

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00

  • Passing score on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS


There are four completion dates per year where the Queen's University College of Medicine Administration assesses eligibility for graduation. Formal commencement exercises are held once per year, typically in June.

Diplomas will not be released unless all outstanding administrative documents, balances, clinical evaluations and scores from the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS have been received and a final degree audit has been cleared by the Office of the Registrar.

I. Licensure
In order to graduate from Queen’s University College of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD), students must successfully pass both Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE).

To practice medicine in the U.S., QUCOM graduates must:

  • Successfully pass all three steps of the USMLE.  Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS are required prior to graduation from medical school.  USMLE Step 3 is taken by medical school graduates after their first year of residency.

  • Be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

  • Complete post-graduate training in an approved residency program

 

​Each state across the United States regulates its own medical licensure. Because these standards vary from state to state, we urge students to contact their State Medical Board for further information about licensure.

 

​United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE)

 

The USMLE is comprised of four tests that assess a physician’s ability to:

  • Apply proper knowledge, concepts and principles

  • Demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills

  • Practice safe and effective patient care


USMLE Step 1


The Step 1 portion of the USMLE assesses whether medical students understand and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine.  Students take this examination after they have completing his/her 5th semester.

USMLE Step 2 CK and CS


Step 2 CK and CS of the USMLE assesses whether medical school students can apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical science essential for provision of patient care under supervision.  Students generally take these examinations after completing his/her core rotations.

USMLE Step 3


This final section of the USMLE assesses whether medical school graduates can apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine.  Students take this examination after graduating from Queen’s University College of Medicine. Step 3 can be taken prior to beginning post-graduate training.

 


II. ECFMG Certification

Students graduating from Caribbean and international medical schools must be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in order to obtain residency and licensure in the United States.