The principal function of student assessment in the MD Program is to determine competence and provide feedback for student learning. For the purpose of reporting performance, a Pass/ Fail grade is used for each course. Letter or percentage grades may be used for the purpose of enhancing feedback at the course level. Students' attitudes and ethics also form part of the assessment and unprofessional behaviour or irresponsible and inappropriate conduct may constitute grounds for a failing grade.
Assessment throughout the curriculum takes two forms:
During Year 1 and Year 2
- Formative Assessment For Feedback: These evaluations are designed to help students assess their progress and to provide feedback on strengths and weaknesses. Such sessions may take the form of informal verbal feedback, individual and group assignments, or written and oral examinations provided for practice. They may occur at any time.
- Summative Assessment For Progression: These assessments must be successfully passed in order for the student to progress to the next level of study. For these assessments, students receive a numerical grade, which is a component of the overall course grade reported on the academic transcript as pass/fail.
Assessment for feedback occurs in the review of group participation, written examinations, written or oral presentations, and laboratory practical evaluations.
Assessment for progression occurs a number of times throughout each course with a final examination period each term. Assessment may include an evaluation of the quality of each student's group participation.
During Year 3
Assessment for feedback and assessment for progression occur daily during Clerkship as the clerk interacts with house staff and clinical faculty. Frequent observation during patient care activities forms the basis for such feedback.
During Year 4
- Assessment for feedback occurs daily in Clinical Science Electives as the learner interacts with house staff and clinical faculty. Frequent observation during patient care activities forms the basis for such feedback.
- Assessment for progression in Clinical Science Electives is tested via the Year 4 Objectives Structured Comprehensive Examination (OSCE). The OSCE will test students' mastery of the overall objectives of the clerkship and clinical electives. This examination will assess students' knowledge, clinical skills, professional conduct and clinical reasoning using real and simulated clinical settings.
a. Students will complete the OSCE while enrolled in Integration & Transition.
b. Successful completion of the OSCE is required (an overall grade of PASS) to pass Clinical Science Electives and to graduate from the Doctor of Medicine Program.
c. A student who receives a grade of FAIL on the OSCE may be offered remediation at the discretion of the Course Chair.
d. As per the Program Requirements above, remediation in the Doctor of Medicine program is a privilege and may not be offered upon failure of the OSCE.
e. Failure on the OSCE without remedial privilege will require a student to withdraw from the program.
f. If remediation is offered, and a score of FAIL is achieved on the remediation, a student will be asked to withdraw from the program.
g. Assessment for feedback occurs in Integration & Transition through the review of group participation, written examinations, and written or oral presentations.
h. Assessment for progression occurs in Integration & Transition throughout the course using tests, assignments and a student research project.