The frequent assessment of students provides feedback directly to the learner about his or her progress in a course of study and furnishes important data about learners to stakeholders who are interested in student performance and program outcomes. Feedback from formative assessments affords students opportunities to monitor their progress and self-regulate their learning.
As part of the Training the Physicians of Tomorrow curriculum of the College of Medicine, evaluations and assessments will be a regular requirement and will be completed using a variety of methods, including direct observation of clinical performance, standardized examinations, team-based assessments, objective structured clinical exams, reflective writing and others. Feedback upon performance will be frequent and will focus on constructive critique intended to guide students as they continue their studies.
During the Foundations Phase, students will be graded on a Pass or Fail basis and block grades will be made up of three major components: medical knowledge, application, and collaborative and independent learning. This system has been shown to foster increased collaboration among students and alleviates stress caused by the rigors of a pre-clinical, medical curriculum.
The Clinical Applications and Career Launch phases will have a structured grading system using Honors, High Pass, Pass, and Fail designations with clinical clerkship grades being determined by faculty evaluation of clinical performance and examination of medical knowledge and/or clinical skills. These methods best enable residency clerkship directors to distinguish outstanding performance on clinical rotations.
In Training the Physicians of Tomorrow, USMLE Step 1 will be scheduled at the end of Phase 1; and students generally complete Step 2 CS and CK during Phase 3. Step 3 is completed during residency and is not a requirement for graduation from medical school.