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Assessment

The Department of Surgery will issue the grade “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, or “F” as defined in the UAMS College of Medicine’s grading policy. Under highly unusual circumstances the department may issue the grade of “I” when work is incomplete at the end of the clerkship or academic year.

Four parameters are used to judge your performance during this clerkship. The relative value of each of these parameters is shown in the following table.

ParameterRelative Value (%)
Rotation Evaluation by Faculty & Residents30
NBME Surgery Shelf Examination30
Oral Examination20
Weekly Quizzes20
  • A letter grade of “A” will be assigned for those students whose cumulative average is > 90%;
  • A letter grade of “B” will be assigned for those students whose cumulative average is > 80, but less than 89.5;
  • A letter grade of “C” will be assigned for those students whose cumulative average is > 70, but less than 79.5;
  • A letter grade of “D” will be assigned for those students whose cumulative average is > 60, but less than 69.5;
  • A letter grade of “F” will be assigned for those students whose cumulative average is < 59.5;

Averages that contain fractions will be rounded up to the next highest integer if the fraction is > 0.50.

Grade Parameter Information:

Rotation Evaluation:

Students will receive written evaluations by faculty and residents on the rotations to which they are assigned. The weighted average of the summative rotation evaluations contributes 30% to the overall grade.

Written Examination (NBME Shelf Exam):

This is the standard shelf examination given by the National Board of Medical Examiners on the topics of surgery, general surgery and surgical subspecialties. The summative written examination score contributes 30% to the overall grade.

Summative Oral Examination:

This is a case-based oral examination designed to allow the student to demonstrate basic surgical knowledge and to analyze and solve selected clinical problems in surgery. A surgical faculty member assigned by the clerkship coordinator will administer this exam. The oral examination score contributes 20% to the overall grade.

Weekly Quizzes:

This is a 10 – 20 question multiple choice examination over the assigned reading for the week. The average of the weekly quizzes contributes 20% to the overall grade.

An “F” grade will result if the student’s cumulative score is less than 67 or there is conduct inconsistent with the responsibility and accountability expected of physicians (i.e. dishonesty, repeated unexcused absences, repeated failure to complete assignments, serious and repeated disruptive behavior towards patients or colleagues). The Department of Surgery reserves the right to modify the above criteria, providing that the minimum passing criteria will not be made more stringent. When possible, students will be warned in advance in accordance with College of Medicine policy about the possibility of receiving an “F” grade if a clinical evaluation suggests academic difficulty. However, it should be noted that most of our evaluation tools are completed near the end of the clerkship, leaving little opportunity for warning about deficient performance prior to completion of the clerkship.

Questions or concerns about summative evaluations, examinations or examination scores must be brought to the attention of the clerkship director or the clerkship coordinator in writing or by e-mail. These questions or concerns should be brought at the time they are recognized, and in all instances before the issuance of final grades. Requests for reconsideration of an assigned examination score received after the issuance of final grades cannot be honored. Final grades will not be changed by the Department of Surgery except in the event of a bona-fide clerical error.

For the purpose of questioning or challenging an evaluation or test score or a grade, the matter must be brought to the attention of the clerkship director or clerkship coordinator by e-mail or in writing. Communication with other faculty members does not meet this requirement.