Narrative Assessment Policy

LCME Element 9.5 states that "A medical school ensures that a narrative description of a medical student’s performance, including his or her non-cognitive achievement, is included as a component of the assessment in each required course and clerkship of the medical education program whenever teacher-student interaction permits this form of assessment." These provide essential feedback to students as they develop their cognitive, behavioral, clinical, and communication skills.

Narrative comments are written descriptions of student performance and/or behavior, usually at least 2-3 sentences in length, that are intended to provide students with additional information about their strengths and opportunities for improvement beyond numeric data.  These are defined per LCME Element 9.5 as follows:

Provision of narrative comments should occur in all settings in which a student is able to independently demonstrate a performance or behavior and can be individually observed by a faculty member, resident, or teaching assistant for an adequate period of time.

Phase 1

All Phase 1 blocks must incorporate at least one activity that provides students with of narrative comments.  Activities in which narrative feedback is required include:

Activities in which narrative assessment is required include:

Phase 2/3

Activities in which narrative assessment is required include:

In addition to the above, faculty and residents are encouraged to include narrative feedback when documenting students’ behaviors related to attributes using established rubrics.

Approved by the Curriculum Committee: May 25, 2021