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Grading

A, B, C, and S are passing grades for which credit is awarded.   The grades of  D, F and U indicate an inadequate performance, failure or unsatisfactory and carry no credit; I indicates that the student has not completed all the work for a course; IP indicates work in progress; W indicates withdrawal without penalty; WF indicates withdrawal failing; and WU indicates unsatisfactory withdrawal.

Grading in the Foundations Phase

In the Foundations Phase the grades of “S” and “U” indicate satisfactory and unsatisfactory work, respectively.  Students may also be assigned the grades of “I”, “IP”, “W”, or “WU” as appropriate.  Students completing a Foundations course who do not perform at a satisfactory level may be asked to remediate material in that course.  Such remediation is determined by the course director.  If a student is unable to successfully remediate a course in a timely manner, then the course director will assign a grade of “U”.  Students may not progress to the Applications Phase of the curriculum without receiving a final grade of “S” in all Foundations courses. 

Grading in the Applications Phase

In the Applications and Translations Phases - 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.

If the clerkship director, in consultation with the Associate Dean for Clinical Education, determines that the student must repeat the entire clerkship, because of a withdrawal during the rotation, a grade of “W” will be submitted.

A clinical clerkship or elective director will assign the grade of “I” (Incomplete) to students who have been unable to complete the requirements of the clerkship/elective due to absences approved by the Associate Dean for Clinical Education. The grade of “I” is appropriate only when enough work in the clerkship/elective has been completed for the affected student to finish the remaining work without repeating the clerkship. The grade of “I” is not to be assigned when work has been completed at an unsatisfactory level, requiring remediation. The grade of “I” is to be viewed as a non-prejudicial entry on the student’s record.

If a student receives a grade of “I”, the remaining work must be completed within a reasonable time after the clerkship/elective ends, as determined by the Associate Dean for Clinical Education, or the grade of “I” will automatically convert to an “F”. Students must successfully complete all Applications clerkships before proceeding to the next phases of the curriculum. 

If a student fails any aspect of a clerkship that is required to pass the clerkship (clinical evaluations or examinations) the student will receive a failing grade (D or F) for the clerkship and be required to repeat the clerkship in entirety.  A second grade will be issued after repetition of the clerkship; however, the “D” or “F” grade earned after completing the clerkship for the first time will remain on the student’s official transcript.  If a student fails an exam on which a passing grade is not required to pass the clerkship, the student will keep the failing grade for the examination and an overall grade for the clerkship will be determined by the clerkship director.

Completion of Clerkship Requirements

All clerkship requirements must be completed by 5 pm on the final day of the rotation, including but not limited to patient logs on One45 and direct observation forms. Students who fail to complete clerkship requirements on-time will be subjected to penalties outlined by the clerkship directors and may result in a grade deduction or a failing grade for the clerkship.

Grading Scale

Students will be graded using an extended grading option scale. This extended grading option scale includes the ability to grant plus and minus notations with letter grades. This grading system will be used for the Applications, Translations, and Discovery Phase of the curriculum.

  • “A” is the highest grade given.  A grade of “A” indicates achievement of superior quality.
  • “B” indicates performance that is clearly above the merely acceptable range.
  • “C” or “S” indicates satisfactory work.
  • “D” indicates inadequate performance. The Progress & Promotion committee 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” or “U” 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” or “U” 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. 
  • “IP” indicates in-progress course work.  Final transcripts cannot carry grades of “IP”.
  • “I” indicates incomplete course work.