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USMLE/COMLEX Examination Policy

RESIDENTS WITH MD DEGREE

I.     All MD applicants to residency programs at SIU School of Medicine are required to pass Parts I and II (CK and CS) of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) before beginning a PGY-1 position. 

II.     During the PGY-II year, all MD residents in SIU School of Medicine training programs must pass Part III of the USMLE.  Progression to the PGY-III year will not be allowed until the exam has been passed.

RESIDENTS WITH DO DEGREE

I.    All DO applicants to residency programs at SIU School of Medicine are required to pass either Parts I and II (CE and PE) of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination-USA (COMLEX) or Parts I and II (CK and CS) of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) before beginning a PGY-1 position.

II.   During the PGY-II year, all DO residents in SIU School of Medicine training programs must pass Part III of either the COMLEX or USMLE.  Progression to the PGY-III year will not be allowed until the exam has been passed.

TRANSFERRING RESIDENTS

I.     Residents transferring from another program to a residency or fellowship program at SIU School of Medicine at the PGY-III level or higher are required to have passed USMLE Part III or Part III of the COMLEX prior to starting their position.

FELLOWS

I.     All applicants to fellowship programs at SIU School of Medicine are required to pass USMLE Part III or Part III of the COMLEX before beginning a fellowship position.

The Designated Institutional Official (DIO) of SIU School of Medicine must approve exceptions to this policy in consultation with the resident’s employing hospital.

 Last Approval Date:  December 16, 2016

 Effective Date: December 16, 2016