CSP 2018 USMLE Step 1 Deferral Policy

The decision to defer the USMLE Step 1 deadline of April 22, 2018 should be made with careful thought and consultation with SOM support, including OSLER, Wellness, and Student Development.

Be mindful that in many cases an 8-week Rotation One deferral will have consequences that delay graduation. The implications of a delay may be greater if students are in a Community Health Scholars program (such as ACE-PC, SJVP, Rural PRIME and TEACH-MS), including potentially leaving the CHS program. Students in these programs should review potential implications with their respective program leadership.

Performance on the CBSE exams offered by the SOM is an important predictor for Step 1 performance, and going forward there will up to 3 scheduled opportunities for students to take the CBSE.

Deferrals will be considered for academic, personal and health reasons.

Students will complete a one-page form detailing the rationale for the request.

Rotation One Deferral (8-weeks)

  • Request Deadline: Final Day of Winter Quarter (March 23, 2018)
  • Step 1 Deferral Form (PDF)
  • No Rotation One deferral requests will be considered after March 23, 2018
  • Take and complete Step 1 Deadline: Friday prior to Rotation 2 (June 22, 2018)
  • Curricular Impact:
    • Complete Transition to Clerkship (T2C) course
    • Begin Doctoring 3 during Deferral Period
    • Withdraw from Primary Care Continuity Clinic and 3rd Year Selective
    • Enroll in 8-week Family Medicine Clerkship
    • Deferred Clerkship to be placed in 4th year schedule by the SOM manager of clinical curriculum (subject to clerkship availability following the 2019 lottery)

Third Year Deferral

  • Request Deadline: 7 Days prior to T2C course (April 16, 2018)
  • Take and complete Step 1 Deadline: December 31, 2018
  • Curricular Impact:
    • PELP Leave for 3 quarters
    • Withdraw from all coursework; enroll in Directed Study Units during Spring Quarter; complete clinical refresher course prior to re-entry
  • Student Resource Impact:
    • Financial Aid is unavailable during PELP
    • Health Insurance is available at a cost
    • OSLER, Student Development and Wellness resources remain available to students

Students who fail to take and complete USMLE Step 1 by April 22, 2018, or by June 22, 2018 if granted an 8-week deferral, will be in a full year deferral.

Students must have passed USMLE Step 1 within one year of completing the preclinical curriculum.