Decompressed Program for Academic Year 2013-14

The following curriculum is for students who entered the DECOMPRESSED PROGRAM in AY2013-2014 only. 

(Click here for the curriculum for students entering the DECOMPRESSED PROGRAM in AY2014-15.)

The Decompressed Program was developed by the College of Medicine to improve retention and graduation of medical students. Procedures and policies for this Program as implemented at the Chicago regional site are presented in this document.

Chicago Framework
The Decompressed Program allows students two years to complete the M-1 requirements, as described below.

Students who may be expected to benefit from the Program will be informed about it after they are accepted to the College of Medicine. In addition, all first year (M-1) students will receive information about the Program when they enter the College of Medicine.

Students for Whom the Program is Designed

First year (M-1) students who present with compelling academic and/or personal circumstances and who believe they require two years to complete the M-1 requirements because of these circumstances will be encouraged to apply for the Decompressed Program at the beginning of the M-1 year. In addition, M-1 students who have low scores on the midterm and laboratory examinations during the Fall semester will be encouraged to apply for the Program prior to Final examinations at the end of the Fall semester.

Applying for the Program
First year (M-1) students may apply for the Program (a) when they enter the College of Medicine at Chicago or (b) no later than October 15th. The decision to apply for the Program rests with the student and may not be mandated by the College of Medicine. Similarly, if a student is approved to enter the Program, the final decision to participate remains with the student.

Application for the Program will be made in writing to the Senior Associate Dean of Students by individual students after they consult with their college faculty and/or OSA advisor. The final decision to admit students to the program will be made by the Senior Associate Dean of Students, or designee, in consultation with the Associate Dean of Curriculum and the Chicago Student Promotions Committee (CSPC). Applicants must demonstrate that admission to the Program will be of substantial academic and/or personal benefit.  Once a student has formally applied for admission to the program (by the above mentioned deadline) the Senior Associate Dean of Students will approve the student’s entry into the program. The names and academic records of students admitted to the program will be sent as Informational Items to CSPC and the College Committee on Student Promotions (CCSP). Students admitted to the Program enter immediately into a prescribed, decompressed course of study.

Brief Program Description
As noted above, students admitted to the Program follow a prescribed, decompressed course of study, which is outlined below. Courses are taught at the same times as those taken by students in the regular curriculum.  Courses in which content integration occurs (neuroanatomy & neurophysiology; pharmacology/psychiatry) are scheduled in the same semesters.

Year 1A of the Decompressed Program

Students must take and pass the following courses, which constitute one-half of the regular M-1 curriculum. Students must pass these courses no later than the conclusion of the Summer retake examination period following the Fall and Spring semesters of Year 1.

YEAR 1A FALL [2 courses] (credit hours)
Medical Biochemistry (5)
Physiology (4)

YEAR 1A SPRING [4 courses] (credit hours)
Physiology (3)
Medical Genetics (2)
Basic Immunology and Microbiology (2)
Human Development (1)

Promotion to Year 1B of the Decompressed Program

The Chicago Student Promotions Committee and the College Committee on Student Promotions will adhere to the following policies when reviewing students for promotion to Year 1B of the Program.

 

1.     Students who complete satisfactorily all Year 1A curricular requirements will be promoted to Year 1B of the Program.

 

2.     Students who pass at least 67% of the weighted Year 1A curriculum will be allowed to retake end of course examinations or participate in an approved summer remedial course (https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/summermakeup/

 

a.       Students who earn grades of Satisfactory (Passing) on retake examinations and have met all other academic requirements will be promoted to Year 1B. Their records will be annotated "Passed after initial failure."

 

b.      Students who do not pass all requirements after participating in retake examinations or approved summer courses are eligible for a repeat year if they have not already repeated a year. They are required to prepare a study plan that must be approved by their faculty advisor and the student affairs dean or the dean's designee. It may also require the approval of the site promotions committee. The plan must address what they are going to do to ensure success during the repeat year. The Unsatisfactory grade(s) will remain on the transcript. Students who have already repeated Year 1A are subject to dismissal.

 

3.  Students who pass 40% to 66% of the weighted Year 1A curriculum, and have not already repeated a year, are eligible for a repeat year when they comply with the following conditions. They are required to prepare a study plan that must be approved by their faculty advisor and the student affairs dean or the dean's designee. It may also require the approval of the site promotions committee. The plan must address what they are going to do to ensure success during the repeat year. They are not eligible to retake examinations. The Unsatisfactory grade(s) will remain on the transcript. Students who have already repeated the Year 1A are subject to dismissal.

 

4.      Students who pass less than 40% of the weighted Year 1A curriculum are subject to dismissal.

 

Note well: All students granted a repeat year must satisfy the conditions of their study plan, including regular communication and meetings with the OSA, on a frequency to be determined for each student. Students who fail to do so will be subject to dismissal. No student will be granted more than one repeat year. Students who fail to satisfy requirements after a repeat year will be dismissed for failure to progress.



Year 1B of the Decompressed Program


Students are required to take and pass the following courses no later than the conclusion of the Summer retake examination period following the Fall and Spring semesters of Year 1B.

YEAR 1B FALL [3 courses] (credit hours)
Medical Human Anatomy/Embryology  (3)
Essentials of Clinical Medicine 1 (2)
Cell and Tissue Biology (4)

YEAR 1B SPRING [4 courses] (credit hours)
Medical Human Anatomy/Embryology  (4)
Essentials of Clinical Medicine 2 (2)
Neuroanatomy (3)
Brain and Behavior (1)

Promotion to the M2 Year – Regular Curriculum

The Chicago Student Promotions Committee and the College Committee on Student Promotions will adhere to the following policies when reviewing students for promotion to the M2 Year – Regular Curriculum.

 

1.     Students who complete satisfactorily all Year 1B curricular requirements will be promoted to the M2 Year – Regular Curriculum.

 

2.     Students who pass at least 67% of the weighted Year 1B curriculum will be allowed to retake end of course examinations or participate in an approved summer remedial course ( https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/summermakeup/) if approved by the course director.

 

3.     Students who earn grades of Satisfactory (Passing) on retake examinations and have met all other academic requirements will be promoted to the M2 Year – Regular Curriculum. Their records will be annotated "Passed after initial failure."

 

4.      Students who do not pass all requirements after participating in retake examinations or approved summer courses are eligible for a repeat year if they have not already repeated a year. They are required to prepare a study plan that must be approved by their faculty advisor and the student affairs dean or the dean's designee. It may also require the approval of the site promotions committee. The plan must address what they are going to do to ensure success during the repeat year. The Unsatisfactory grade(s) will remain on the transcript. Students who have already repeated Year 1B are subject to dismissal.

 

5.     Students who pass 40% to 66% of the weighted Year 1B curriculum, and have not already repeated a year, are eligible for a repeat year when they comply with the following conditions. They are required to prepare a study plan that must be approved by their faculty advisor and the student affairs dean or the dean's designee. It may also require the approval of the site promotions committee. The plan must address what they are going to do to ensure success during the repeat year. They are not eligible to retake examinations. The Unsatisfactory grade(s) will remain on the transcript. Students who have already repeated the Year 2 are subject to dismissal.

 

6.     Students who pass less than 40% of the weighted Year 1B curriculum of site are subject to dismissal.

 

Note well: All students granted a repeat year must satisfy the conditions of their study plan, including regular communication and meetings with the Office of Student Affairs, on a frequency to be determined for each student. Students who fail to do so will be subject to dismissal. No student will be granted more than one repeat year. Students who fail to satisfy requirements after a repeat year will be dismissed for failure to progress.

M2 Year – Regular Curriculum

Students who successfully complete Years 1A and 1B will have passed all M-1 courses. These students will progress to the M2 year – regular curriculum. Refer to the UGME web site for a listing and description of all M2 courses at: http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/departments___programs/program_offices/undergraduate_medical_education/curriculum/md_program___year_2_ /  

Other


In some cases, M-1 students carrying a full course load present with compelling, extenuating circumstances during the M-1 year. These circumstances cause the student to request a Leave of Absence. Students who receive an approved Leave of Absence and are in good academic standing when they begin their Leave may petition prior to their return to the College of Medicine to enter the Decompressed Program. A student is in good academic standing if he/she has not failed any final examinations.

Tuition and Fee Status

Students enrolled in this voluntary program will have part-time student status and will be required to pay appropriate tuition and fees, for coursework for which they are registered, for each year in which they participate in the Program. 

Approved:  M1/M2 Curriculum Subcommittee July 19, 2010; Curriculum Committee July 26, 2010  (Updated for AY2013-14 on 9-30-13)