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Policy on Provision of Timely Formative Feedback and Summative Grades

The Zucker School of Medicine is committed to creating an environment that supports learning based on assessment and feedback. As such, the Zucker School of Medicine is committed to the provision of timely formative feedback as well as timely delivery of summative grades to each student.

Formative Feedback

The provision of formative feedback to students is an expectation of the educational program and is intended to complement learning. Formal formative feedback must be provided no later than the mid-point of all courses and clerkships of four or more weeks in duration.

The formative feedback process is centrally coordinated by the Office of Curriculum Support and Office of Assessment & Evaluation. Compliance with the policy of timely formative feedback is monitored by the Associate Dean for Case-Based Learning and the Associate Dean for Advanced Clinical Learning during the First 100 Weeks and Second 100 Weeks respectively.

Summative Grades

Summative grades are expected to be delivered in a timely fashion and are made available no later than six weeks after the end of a course or clerkship.

The grading process is centralized through a coordinated effort of faculty, the Office of Curriculum Support and the Office of Assessment & Evaluation. Compliance with the policy of timely distribution of grades is monitored by the Associate Dean of Curricular Integration & Assessment.

References to Regulations and/or Related Policies:
LCME Element 9.7: Formative Assessment and Feedback
LCME Element 9.8: Fair and Timely Summative Assessment

Last Updated: August 2018


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