New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, New York 10595
Academic Requirements for Advancement and Graduation
New York Medical College strives to graduate professionals of high moral character who are knowledgeable, skillful, compassionate, and caring. The policies that follow are in place to support this objective, being mindful that graduates with a Doctor of Medicine degree who achieve licensure will have the prerogative to provide patient care in the future.
Qualifications for Academic Advancement
The student evaluation for advancement involves both objective criteria and subjective judgments. To be considered for advancement, candidates must have satisfactorily completed all required Medical College coursework; must demonstrate motivation, maturity, stability, sound judgment, a sense of responsibility, and good moral character; must evidence cognitive, motor and organizational skills, sensory perception, ability to synthesize and apply knowledge; and possess such other attributes as the faculty deems to be essential to become a reliable and effective physician. Guidelines for promotion, graduation and dismissal are designed to permit both flexibility and consistency.
The faculty and administrators assigned the responsibility to make decisions regarding academic standing, promotion, remediation, and dismissal are charged to globally evaluate individual student performance and use their judgment in making decisions.
Promotion and Graduation
The curriculum of New York Medical College is divided into four successive academic years, each year building on the subject material of the preceding year. At the end of each course, each student's performance is evaluated and recorded. A student's final course grade (H, HP, P, F, S or U) is determined by the concerned faculty after evaluation of the student's performance in all aspects of the coursework, including achievement of course and college objectives/competencies in all domains (for example, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors). Criteria for assigning grades are established by the faculty responsible for the course according to parameters recommended to the Dean by the Executive Curriculum Committee.
A student who at the end of an academic year has successfully completed all courses without deficiency, who has demonstrated the professional attitudes and values expected of physicians, and who is otherwise in good academic standing will be promoted to the next year of study or recommended for graduation. Students may be conditionally enrolled in a subsequent year of the program pending receipt of requirements for advancement, such as score reports for USMLE or grade reports in courses or clerkships that end immediately prior to the next academic year.