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2019 Graduation Ceremony

The 2019 Graduation ceremony will be held on June 7, 2019 (2 pm EST.) at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City.  Graduates must arrive by 12 pm, and guest entry will begin at 1:30 pm.  All guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony.  Guest tickets and an itinerary for the ceremony will be sent out to graduating students in mid-May of 2019.  For further details, refer to the graduation memo on the student portal.


Graduation Requirements

The following requirements must be met in order for a student to graduate from UMHS:

• Successfully complete all required Basic and Clinical Science courses with a minimum grade of “C”.
• Receive a passing score on USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK & CS.
• Maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Averageof 2.00
• All required administrative documents must be on file.


Formal commencement exercises are held once a year in New York City, typically in the beginning of June.  Diplomas will not be released unless all outstanding balances, administrative documents, clinical evaluations, and scores from the USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK & 2 CS have been received and a final degree audit has been cleared by the Office of the Registrar.



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Graduate Residency Training


Fourth-year UMHS students pursue post graduate residency positions in prestigious hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.  After graduating, students begin their internship year alongside their United States counterparts as practicing Doctors of Medicine (M.D.) in numerous specialities and in diverse residency training programs.


United States and Canadian Residency Requirements


Like students from the U.S. medical schools, UMHS students apply for residencies through the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program) in order to obtain a position, or "Match," in the United States.  Canadian students have the option of applying to CaRMS (Caribbean Residency Matching Service) alternatively, or in addition to, the United States NRMP program.  Students prepare and submit applications to ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) in the summer or fall prior to the match year in order to interview with prospective programs between September and January.  Canadian students follow a similar schedule through CaRMS.


In February, students submit rank lists of their preferred programs to the NRMP and CaRMS.  Similarly, programs submit lists of their preferred applicants.  Both the NRMP and CaRMS then apply an algorithm to determine a match based on those preferences, releasing those results to student in March, prior to graduation.


Although students apply to residencies during their fourth year, in order to begin practice in a U.S. program, students must pass the USMLE Step I, Step II CS & CK, complete the UMHS clinical curriculum, and receive their diploma and ECFMG certification.  A certificate from ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) assures a foreign medical school and its students that they have achieved a comparable acumen to United States institutions and meet the standard expect from the United States residency programs. 


Canadian students are also required to pass  the MCCEE (Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination) and the NAC examination (National Assessment Collaboration) in order to meet the requirements of most Canadian residency Programs.




Graduation 2014

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