Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Dismissal from the Program


Authorizing Body

Student Performance Review Committee


Robert Noiva, Ph.D.

Date Issued:

August 1, 2011

Last Update:

July 24, 2017


Dismissal is the permanent administrative termination of a student’s enrollment in the School of Medicine.

Scope and Applicability:

All students enrolled in the School of Medicine

Standard Practice Guideline:

If a student fails to maintain the expected acceptable ethical, professional, technical, academic, or clinical standards, and/or fails to comply with any of the policies, procedures, rules, regulations, ordinances and other requirements of OU, Beaumont Health and the School of Medicine, the Student Performance Review Committee (SPRC) may dismiss the student from the School of Medicine.


At any time, the SPRC can review the overall academic performance and professional behavior of a student and recommend appropriate action, up to and including dismissal. A student who has been dismissed may not be considered for readmission to the School of Medicine. Examples of conduct that may lead to dismissal include, without limitation, the following:

  1. Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
    Failure to meet the School of Medicine Standards of Academic Progress as described in this Handbook. Failure to meet these standards includes, without limitation, the following:
    1. Outstanding failures in the M1 or M2 year courses. An outstanding failure is a failure which remains after a student has not successfully completed a course’s remediation opportunities by the end of the academic year.
    2. A second failure of a required clerkship.
    3. A failure in a second clerkship or elective, even though the previous failure may have previously been remediated.
    4. Removal from a clinical placement/clerkship at Beaumont.

  2. Inadequate Academic Progress
    The SPRC may make the determination that it is impossible for the student to complete the requirements for the M.D. degree within six consecutive years as specified in this Handbook.

  3. Repeated USMLE Step 1 or 2 Failure
    Students who do not pass the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE Step 1, 2CK or 2CS) examinations after three (3) attempts.

  4. Unprofessional Behavior
    Failure to maintain the professional standards of the School of Medicine, as described in this Handbook. Any behavior or pattern of behavior that indicates insufficient aptitude, emotional stability, or moral character to successfully practice medicine may be reviewed by the SPRC.
  5. Failure to return from a leave of absence on the scheduled date as established by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or the SPRC.


Related Policies and Forms:

Physicianship Forms 
Student Performance Review Committee 
Satisfactory Academic Progress to Maintain Enrollment Eligibility