Students are evaluated based on clinical performance and knowledge. Clinical performance is evaluated subjectively by both faculty and residents. The responsibility for eliciting feedback regarding clinical performance is shared equally between the students, the residents and the faculty. Knowledge is assessed both through participation in clinical activities and through the national mini-board exam in internal medicine administered by the NBME.
The mini-board covers a broad range of internal medicine topics. It is approximately 60% diagnosis questions and 40% treatment questions. Generally, the diagnosis questions include some rare diseases while the treatment questions are geared more towards standard of care for very common disease processes. The mini-board does cover neurology, preventive care and the occasional outpatient internal medicine topic. Students should expect to see a few xrays, EKGs and photos as part of the clinical scenarios.
A mid-term evaluation is done by the clerkship director during weeks 4 and 5 of the rotation. First, the clerkship director meets with the faculty as a whole to discuss individual student performance. The purpose of the mid-term evaluation is to verify whether or not the student is doing passing work and to make any suggestions for the student’s improvement.
Final grades are calculated in the following manner:
Clinical Score = 80%
· each of your 2 upper level residents fills out a UASOM student evaluation form
· if you did not have an upper level resident on your team, your intern will fill out the evaluation form
· the faculty as a group fills out an evaluation form and those faculty who have spent more time with you lead the discussion
· each check mark on the form corresponds to a certain numerical score
· average numerical score is computed for each form
· 60% of your score is based on faculty evaluations and 40% is based on resident/ intern evaluations
Mini-Board Score = 20%
· grade is based on a historical mean score