Queen's University College of Medicine

Graduation Requirements

To Graduate from Queen’s University College of Medicine the following are required to be met:

  • All required administrative documents on file with Queen's University College of Medicine

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

  • Maintain Academic Good Standing with a Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.00

  • Proof of Passing Scores on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS

  • Maintain a status of good financial standing with the University

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 performed and cleared by the QUCOM Office of the Registrar.

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I. USMLE Licensure
To practice medicine in the United States, QUCOM Students/Graduates must:

  • Successfully pass all three steps of the USMLE. Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and are required prior to graduation from medical school.  The USMLE Step 3 is taken by medical school Graduates after their first year in 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)

 

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 completed 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 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 may be taken prior to beginning post-graduate training.

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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.