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Assessment and Grading


At the mid-point of each rotation, we check with attendings about their student’s progress and also review student’s logger data. Each attending meets with their student and gives them written feedback as well as review their student’s logger data in order to ensure their student is meeting the requirements of the rotation. Students turn in their mid-block evaluation form on the third Wednesday of the rotation. In this way, no student should be surprised by their final clinical evaluation. This timing also provides each student with the opportunity to respond to feedback and complete their block requirements.

    1. Evaluation of clinical performance from the site attending counts for 60% of the student’s final grade. Attendings will recommend a clinical grade of pass, high pass, honors, or fail. Students receive 75 points for pass, 90 for high pass, and 100 for honors.
    2. The shelf examination score counts for 20% of the student’s grade; the average of the three Wednesday examinations based on CASE FILES counts for 20% of the grade.
    3. To receive an overall grade of HONORS for the rotation students must receive a combined score of at least 95. A score between 92 and 94 results in a HIGH PASS, and a score of 70 is required for a PASS.
    4. In addition, in order to pass the rotation students need to pass their study-hall presentation, complete 100% of the clinical experiences, complete a family tree, and participate in the end of block focused clinical assessment.
    5. The shelf examination is from the NBME; it contains ~100 questions which students have two hours and 30 minutes to complete (as of April, 2010). Students are not to discuss the contents of this examination with anyone. This is a difficult exam which requires reading skills as well as content knowledge. Students have found it useful to review exam contents on the NBME website and to utilize review books and review questions. In addition, our weekly examinations and quick reviews during current topic presentations should help prepare each student for the shelf examination.
        • If a student scores below 60 on the shelf examination but receives a robust clinical evaluation, they will have the opportunity to take a make-up shelf examination. If a student fails the shelf and receives a marginal clinical evaluation, they will have to repeat the rotation.
        • The final examination is proctored and will be held on the last day of the clerkship. Students will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the examination beginning in April, 2010.
        • In order to receive a final grade, students must complete their electronic logger, turn in a family tree, a signed mid-block evaluation, return their copy of CASE FILES PSYCHIATRY, and complete evaluations of the rotation, attending, and, if applicable, their resident.
    6. End of block focused clinical assessment provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their use of screens from the CU ASSESSMENT OF COMMON PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS. Students will see two patients from the list of 11 common problems and be given a brief written history. We don’t expect students to complete a full history and exam but rather perform focused assessments of what they judge to be the patient’s main problem or problems.

      This focused clinical assessment will be held on the last day of the rotation (4th Friday) from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, Center for Advancing Professional Excellence, Education 1, Level Four, Room 4103. Students are to take the South stairs or elevator as the North side is card key access only. The receptionist will sign each student in and direct them to the classroom 4103.