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Grading System

The letter grades A through F are used to record quality of work accomplished, except for the Foundations Phase of the Doctor of Medicine curriculum, elective courses and Clinical Medical Ethics, in which S indicates satisfactory work and U unsatisfactory work.

Currently, the Doctor of Medicine clinical clerkships and required clinical courses use letter grades. The letter grades A through F have no exact numerical equivalent; they indicate the quality of performance as described below. These grades represent the faculty's total estimate of the individual's achievement both academically and professionally, and they are not simply summaries of formal arithmetic grades.

A is the highest grade given. A grade of "A" indicates achievement of markedly superior quality.

B indicates performance that is clearly above the merely acceptable range.

C indicates satisfactory work.

D indicates marginal work. A single grade of "D" may or may not entitle the student to receive credit for the course depending on the judgment of the Progress and Promotions Committee. The group considers the overall quality of the student's work and professionalism to see if they should continue in medical school or repeat the course or year.

F indicates failure and carries no credit for the course. A student cannot be promoted to the next semester or year with a grade of F in any course. The Progress and Promotions Committee may recommend repetition of the course or repetition of the entire year or expulsion, depending upon the overall quality of the student's performance.

I indicates incomplete coursework. Final transcripts cannot carry grades of "I".

The Foundations component within the new curriculum adopted in fall 2007 call for pass/fail grades within it. Students with questionable progress may be asked to repeat, remediate, or test again sections, topics or blocks within the new curriculum and may not progress forward if material is not satisfied at a passing level.