Assessment of Students

There are several types of student assessments:

  • Core Assessment - Students will be evaluated by traditional objective examinations, essay examinations, laboratory practical examinations and OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) performance -- designed to assess their interviewing and physical examination skills.
  • PBL Assessment - Students will be assessed by their facilitators at the end of each PBL session. The Student Evaluation Committee will use these comments in addition to Core grades to evaluate student progress. A portion of the PBL grade will be determined by objective testing over material covered in each case.
  • Student Professionalism - Students are assessed on their professional behaviors in all required cores and clerkships using the Professionalism Rating Form.
  • Instructors may assess students using written or oral examinations, personal observations or other methods. Each student's overall performance is reviewed at the end of each semester by the Student Evaluation Committee. The committee must recommend to the Dean whether each student should advance, do remedial course work or be dismissed.

A complete description of the policies used by the Student Evaluation Committee is found in the Guidelines for Student Evaluation Committee document. 

The faculty expects students to attain a "Pass" average for each of the first two academic years and to pass the first year comprehensive examination in order to be promoted to the second year.

Students must pass the United States Medical Licensure Examination Step 1 to be promoted to the senior year.