Evaluation of Performance in Practice of Medicine (Q1-6)

Grading
Students receive a Pass (+), Continuing (N), Marginal Pass (MP), Fail (-), or Incomplete (I) grade after each quarter. The grade is based on completion of quarter course requirements, satisfactory performance on end-of-quarter assessments, and professional behavior. Following are the guidelines for each grade option in the course:

  • Pass (+): Students have completed all course requirements, performed satisfactorily on the final Standardized Patient assessment and each section of the written final examination, and exhibited professional behavior in the course.
  • Continuing (N): Students have not completed all course requirements and/or did not perform satisfactorily on any individual section of the written final examination.
  • Marginal Pass (MP): Students have not performed satisfactorily on the final Standardized Patient assessment and/or the overall written final examination; there may be some concern about the student’s professional behavior in the course; and/or the student’s performance in in-class activities has raised some concerns about knowledge and competence.
  • Fail (-): Students have performed poorly on the final Standardized Patient assessment and/or the overall written final examination (using the criteria above for N Grade or Marginal Pass); there may be serious concerns about the student’s professional behavior in the course; and/or the student’s performance in in-class activities has raised serious concerns about knowledge and competence.
  • Incomplete (I): Student has satisfactorily completed a substantial part (but not all) of the course work. Students must request an incomplete grade by the last class meeting. Incomplete grades must be made up within one (1) year, or prior to entering clerkships, whichever comes first.

A grade of Continuing (N), Marginal Pass (MP), or Fail (-) will require notification to the CP3.

Students who do not perform satisfactorily on either the final Standardized Patient assessment and/or the written final examination (less than 65%) must complete a plan of remediation tailored to student needs and course resources. Students who do not satisfactorily complete this plan of remediation will earn a “Fail” grade for the course.

Policy for Missed Assessments
Every student is expected to be present for each final Standardized Patient assessment and each end-quarter integrated examination in the Practice of Medicine course.

A formal Course Director's excuse is required to make-up any missed course examination. It is recommended that students meet with their Advising Deans prior to submitting a formal request for any missed course examination.

A Course Director's excuse may be issued before a regularly scheduled assessment or examination to accommodate some essential extracurricular event or after an examination for illness.

A score of zero will be credited towards a student’s final score if an assessment or examination is missed without an Advising Dean's excuse.

If a Course Director's excuse is issued before a regularly scheduled assessment or examination to accommodate some essential extracurricular event, the student will be expected to take the scheduled makeup examination or assessment at Stanford. If the Course Director's excuse extends beyond the second date because of some essential activity away from Stanford, then appropriate arrangements will be made within the resources of the course. Failure to make such an arrangement will result in a score of zero on that exam. A student who misses an assessment or examination with a Course Director's excuse for illness should contact the POM course coordinator and appropriate arrangements will be made.

Policy for Remediation of a Continuing, Marginal Pass, Fail Grade in POM
A student who receives a Continuing (N) in any quarter of the POM series (INDE 201-206) must complete outstanding course requirements to correct the grade to a Pass (+). The student will be allowed to continue through the POM sequence. The Committee on Professionalism, Performance, and Promotion will be notified. Students who do not satisfactorily complete this plan of remediation will earn a Marginal Pass (MP) grade for the course.

A student who receives a Marginal Pass (MP) in any quarter of the POM series (INDE 201-206) must successfully complete a course of remediation tailored to student needs and course resources to correct the grade to a Pass (+). The student will not be allowed to continue through the POM sequence, unless provided special permission from the course director. The CP3will be notified. Students who do not satisfactorily complete this plan of remediation will not be allowed to continue to clerkships.

A student who receives a Fail in any quarter of the POM series (INDE 201-206) will be required to re-take that quarter the following year, including all required exercises and examinations. The student will not be allowed to continue through the POM sequence, unless provided special permission from the course director (please see various five-year “split” schedules from the Office of Medical Education). The CP3 will be notified.

updated August 2013

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