Medical Student Scholastic Standing Committee (MSSSC)

The responsibilities of the Medical School Scholastic Standing Committee (MSSSC) include:

  • ensuring that all students pursuing an MD degree maintain an acceptable rate of academic progress toward the completion of the degree and meet the expected academic and professional standards of the Medical School;
  • reviewing and addressing academic progress data by race/ethnicity and gender to identify disparate outcomes;
  • developing and reviewing Medical School policies regarding medical student academic and professional performance and ensuring compliance with approved policies;
  • ensuring consistent outcomes across all campuses and programs.

Committee Chair: William Robiner, PhD, ABPP, LP, Professor, Department of Medicine

Committee Members:

Committee Meeting Frequency and Details: Monthly within 7 days of the decisions of the subcommittees

MSSSC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Contact for further information: Nou Ka Yang, yang6652@umn.edu

The Duluth Scholastic Standing Committee (DSSC) and the Twin Cities Scholastic Standing Committee (TCSSC) are standing subcommittees of the MSSSC.

  • DSSC
  • TCSSC
  • DSSC

    The responsibilities of the Duluth Scholastic Standing Committee (DSSC) include monitoring the quality of performance of individual medical students admitted to the Duluth campus in a continuous and consistent fashion until those students are transitioned to the Twin Cities campus. The DSSC decides which Duluth medical students are eligible for advancement, and acts to deny advancement to Duluth medical students deemed ineligible.

    Committee Chair: Mustafa al'Absi, PhD, Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health

    Committee Members:

    Faculty Administrative Liaisons:

    • Robin Michaels, PhD, Associate Dean of Student Life and Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
    • Mary Owen, MD, Director, Center for America Indian and Minority Health, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health

    Committee Meeting Frequency and Details: The Duluth Scholastic Standing Committee (DSSC) meets at least once per semester.

    See MSSSC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

    Meeting Agendas and Minutes: Meetings are held in executive session, as per the University of Minnesota Medical School Constitution and Bylaws. Agendas include the meeting roster, list of student appearances, action items and updates. All meetings and their agendas are closed to the public.  

    Contact for further information: Shawn Evenson, sevenso@d.umn.edu

  • TCSSC

    The responsibilities of the Twin Cities Scholastic Standing Committee (TCSSC) include monitoring the quality of performance of individual medical students admitted or transitioned to the Twin Cities campus in a continuous and consistent fashion. The TCSSC decides which Twin Cities medical students are eligible for advancement, and acts to deny advancement to Twin Cities students deemed ineligible. The TCSSC is responsible for determining those students eligible for graduation with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

    Committee Chair: To be determined

    Committee Members:

    Faculty Administrative Liaison:

    • Michael Kim, MD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics

    Committee Meeting Frequency and Details: Third Thursday of each month

    See MSSSC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

    Meeting Agendas and Minutes: Meetings are held in executive session, as per the University of Minnesota Medical School Constitution and Bylaws. Agendas include the meeting roster, list of student appearances, action items and updates. All meetings and their agendas are closed to the public.

    Contact for further information: To be determined