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Academic Status Policy

Students admitted to the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have demonstrated considerable scholastic achievement.

It is expected that they are all capable of mastering the tasks involved in learning to be physicians. These encompass, in the words of Sir William Osler, "not a college course, not a medical course, but a life course, for which the work of a few years under teachers is but a preparation."

The academic status policies are intended to guide and facilitate successful completion of the academic program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. The policies described here set forth: criteria for assessment of academic performance; requirements for successful completion of the educational program, promotions and graduation; methods for recognition of academic excellence; criteria for failure and dismissal; procedures for review of students in academic difficulty and remediation; procedures for resolution of grievances and appeals; policies for leave of absence from the School; and policies for participation in elective activities.