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Policy on Grading for the Core Clerkships in the Second 100 Weeks

Following the Reflection, Integration, and Assessment (RIA) week, students earn a final grade of Honors, High Pass, Pass or Fail or a temporary designation of Conditional Pass in each of the six core clerkships (“courses”) (Psychiatry, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Medicine, and Surgery) of the Advanced Clinical Experience. There are six grading elements in each course, as described below.

Grading Elements:

Each grading element, with the exception of the Professionalism and Administrative Assessment described below, is assigned a grade of Honors, High Pass, Pass, or Fail.

  1. ACE Rounds 
  2. Clinical Reasoning Assessment (Admission Notes/Write-ups/Written Exam/Oral Exam)
  3. Clinical Assessment of Student
  4. NBME Clinical Subject "Shelf" Exam
  5. Clinical Skills Exam (CSE)
  6. Professionalism and Administrative Assessment

The Professionalism & Administrative Assessment includes:

  1. Attendance
  2. Timely completion of assignments, logs, and evaluations
  3. Professional etiquette in all forms of communication

Grading of the Professionalism and Administrative Assessment is assigned a designation of Meets Expectations, Meets Expectations with Recommendations, or Does Not Meet Expectations. Receipt of Does Not Meet Expectations on this assessment may lower the final course grade. Receipt of Meets Expectations with Recommendations and/or Does Not Meet Expectations in multiple courses may result in a notation in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).

Final Grade: Honors, High Pass, or Pass

A final grade of Honors, High Pass, or Pass is determined by standards pre-specified by the standard setting committee.

Temporary Designation: Conditional Pass (only applicable in first attempt of a course)

If a student earns a grade of Fail on one or more grading element(s) in the course but the student does not meet criteria to fail the course, as set by the standard setting committee, the student will earn a temporary designation of Conditional Pass and will be required to reassess the grading elements that did not meet the passing standard to be eligible for advancement or graduation. For more information on reassessment requirements and procedures, please refer to the Policy on Reassessment.

Final Grade: Fail

In the first attempt of a course, if a student earns a grade of Fail on one or more grading element(s) in the course and the student meets criteria to fail the course, the student will earn a final course grade of Fail and will be required to remediate (repeat and pass) the course to advance to the next year of training. The opportunity to remediate will be subject to the decision of the Student Advancement Committee. In the second attempt of a course, if a student earns a grade of Fail on one or more grading elements, the student will earn a final course grade of Fail and the school's expectation is that the student will be dismissed from the MD program, pending the Student Advancement Committee's recommendation.

If a student earns a final grade of Fail for two core clerkships in the same trimester, the student will be considered for dismissal by the Student Advancement Committee.

References to Regulations and/or Other Policies:

Policy on Academic Advancement and Graduation
Policy on Academic Status
Policy on the Composition and Authority of the Student Advancement Committee
Policy on Reassessment
Transcript Guidelines

Last updated: June 2019


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