UCSD School of Medicine, September 8, 2009


The educational objective of the UCSD School of Medicine is to prepare students in the care of patients for the practice of medicine. Students admitted to the UCSD School of Medicine must have the intellectual, emotional and physical abilities, with reasonable accommodations as needed for those with disabilities, to acquire the knowledge, behaviors, and clinical skills that they will need to successfully complete the core curriculum in order to pursue any pathway of graduate medical education. The ability, with reasonable accommodations as needed for those with disabilities, to meet the technical standards essential for the fulfillment of the requirements for the M.D. degree and the educational objectives established by the faculty are evaluated in all candidates for admission and graduation. The technical standards outlined below (“Technical Standards”), in conjunction with established academic standards, are followed by the Admissions Committee to select students who possess the intelligence, integrity, physical, and personal as well as emotional characteristics that are necessary to become an effective physician. The academic and technical standards established by the faculty require that all students accepted by the UCSD School of Medicine possess the physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities that insure that they will be able to complete all aspects of the curriculum. All applicants are held to the same academic and technical standards of admission and training, with reasonable accommodations as needed for students with disabilities. Although the School of Medicine will engage in an interactive process with applicants with disabilities, the School of Medicine reserves the right not to admit any applicant who, upon completion of the interactive process, cannot meet the Technical Standards set forth below, with reasonable accommodations.

Those individuals who would constitute a direct threat to the health or safety of others are not considered suitable candidates for admission.

Technical Standards

Because the M.D. degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, it follows that graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. Accordingly, candidates for the M.D. degree must be able to perform specific essential functions that the faculty deem requisite for the practice of medicine. These functions fall into several broad categories, including: observation; communication; motor; conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and behavioral and social. Candidates must also have the physical and emotional stamina to function in a competent manner in a setting that may involve heavy workloads and stressful situations. The School of Medicine has determined that those individuals who are currently impaired by alcohol or substance abuse cannot meet the Technical Standards.