Phase I uses a three-tier grading system: Honors, Pass or Fail. Phases II & III use a five-tier grading system: Honors, High Pass, Pass, Low Pass and Fail grades. Passing scores on the USMLE Step 1, Step 2CS, Step 2CK, and all end of year OSCEs are required for promotion and graduation.
A chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor medical society, was established at the Stony Brook School of Medicine, now known as Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, in 1895. The society's purpose is to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession. Each year, member chapters elect outstanding medical students, graduates, faculty, and honorary members to its ranks.
In 2004, the School of Medicine became a charter member of the Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society. The Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society honors senior medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers, and other exemplars recognized for "demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service." Organized to elevate the values of humanism and professionalism within the field of medicine and its constituent institutions, the Society is fast becoming integrated into the educational environment.