The faculty will evaluate a student’s performance to determine if he or she is displaying adequate knowledge, skills, values and attitudes and is meeting the program standards for academic progress. By entering the program, students agree that the program faculty shall be the sole judges of performance in both academic and non-academic areas.
Students may be dismissed from or disciplined by the program either for failure to meet academic standards or for failure to meet standards of performance or behavior in nonacademic matters.
Academic Evaluation System and Grades:
Traditional letter grades are used to assess student progress in the program. For each course in the curriculum, students will be advised of the percentile range applicable for each level of performance indicated by the following grades:
- A – extraordinary intellectual and creative performance and superior mastery of the course of study.
- B – exceptional academic performance and mastery of required knowledge and skills
- C –
- Basic science courses including Foundations in Medical Science, Gross Anatomy Imaging and Embryology, Physiology, and Neuroanatomy: A grade of “C” indicates satisfactory performance and passable achievement of knowledge and skills.
- Clinical Medicine, Clinical Medicine Tutorials, Clinical Practicum, Applied Clinical Skills, Principles of Professional Practice, Pain Management courses and all clinical rotations: A grade of “C” indicates a non-passing grade with insufficient mastery of essential knowledge and skills. A non-passing grade will result in referral to the Progress and Promotions Committee. The Progress and Promotions Committee will make a recommendation to the Program Director as to the requirements the student must satisfy if he/she is to continue in the program. At a minimum, a non-passing grade will require remediation as determined by the program faculty, course directors and/or the Progress and Promotions Committee. A non-passing grade may require repetition of the course or may be cause for dismissal from the program.
- D/F – non-passing performance with insufficient mastery of essential knowledge and skills that will result in referral to the Progress and Promotions Committee. The Progress and Promotions Committee will make a recommendation to the Program Director as to the requirements the student must satisfy if he/she is to continue in the program. At a minimum, a non-passing grade will require remediation as determined by the program faculty, course directors and/or the Progress and Promotions Committee. A non-passing grade may require repetition of the course or may be cause for dismissal from the program.
- Pass/Fail – Pass/Fail courses, including Electrocardiography, Medical Spanish and Medical Errors, must be completed with a “Pass” grade.
- A grade of Incomplete (I) indicates that the student has not completed all the requirements of a course for a bona fide reason, as judged by the faculty and the Progress and Promotions Committee. A student receiving an incomplete grade during the academic year must complete all required coursework before being permitted to begin the clinical phase of the program. Any incomplete grades received during the clinical phase must be resolved before a student will be eligible to graduate from the program. The registrar requires that any incomplete grade be automatically changed to an "F" grade if the work is not completed by the end of the subsequent term.
Determination of Grades:
Students receive grades that reflect the level of their performance. An assessment of professional conduct is considered in determination of all grades earned during the program.
Evaluation of Student Performance during the Academic Year:
At the discretion of the course director, grades for classes during the academic year will be calculated based on performance indicated by testing and class assignments. Class participation and attendance may be taken into consideration when determining grades.
Students are required to successfully pass and complete all requirements of the academic year before being allowed to continue on to the clinical phase of the program.
Evaluation of Student Performance during the Clinical Phase:
Successful completion of each clinical rotation and the 10-week community medicine preceptorship will be determined based on: evaluation of student performance by the assigned preceptor(s), objective testing, assignments submitted for each rotation, and complete and timely submission of assignments and documentation of clinical activities.