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Assessment and Grading


Shelf score:

A shelf score at or above the national average (which is 72) must be achieved in order to be considered for honors. In order to be eligible for a grade of high pass, the student must achieve a minimum grade of 66 (1 standard deviation below the mean). Below is a table which displays the percentage points that will be awarded based on the score a student obtains on the shelf exam. The lowest score to be obtained on the shelf exam and still pass the clerkship is 60 out of 100.

History & Physical write-up score:

During the rotation students will be required to submit two H&P write-ups, which will be graded by an attending or preceptor. The evaluation form for the write-ups has 5 likert scoring components, ranging from 1-5. The table below is a description of how the percentage points are awarded for the H&P write-ups.

Ethics Assignment Score:

Each student will be required to complete a written paper related to medical ethics. These assignments will be due the Monday, of the 6th week of the rotation. At orientation students will participate in group discussions based on pre assigned, required readings and real life experiences. The ethics assignment is worth 5% of the clerkship grade. One point will be deducted for every week that the assignment is not turned in.

Clinical Evaluations:

The clinical evaluations represent 65% of the overall grade. The evaluation form has 13 criteria with 6 likert components ranging from 1-6. The percentage points students are awarded for the clinical evaluations is based on an average or mean score of all evaluations completed by residents and attendings. This mean score is then converted to a percentage point total by using a conversion table. Students must score at least an average of 3 to pass the course.

The conversions of the average (mean) score of evaluations: * At Denver Health, the clinical score is determined by: 1) Comprehensive faculty evaluation (50%) and 2) Resident Evaluations (50%).