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Student Evaluations


The complete academic history of each student is recorded in the Office for Student Affairs. Grades in the first 18 months are pass and fail. A grade of F is given for failure in a course and usually means that the student must clear his/her record by repeating the course at the University or by doing special work and successfully passing a re-examination as determined by the Academic Standards and Achievement Committee. Both the initial grade of F and the grade received on the re-examination or in the repeated course are recorded on the student's electronic/paper grade card in the Office for Student Affairs and appear on the SIS transcript in the University Registrar's Office. The occurrence of multiple F's is serious and may mean either repetition of the year's work or dismissal from the school.

In the core Clinical Clerkships, letter grades (A, B, C, D, and F; or P/F) are assigned on the basis of: 1). subjective evaluations of the student's ward work and knowledge as assessed by attendings and residents 2) completion of required activities (e.g., workshops, patient logs, online cases, OSCE) 3). score on a written exam, usually a National Board of Medical Examiners subject examination, but sometimes one prepared by the department. In addition to letter grades, narrative evaluations are requested of the attendings and residents who have had contact with the student. Generally these are instructive and are used by the College Deans in compiling the "Medical School Performance Evaluation."

For electives, students are graded on a pass/fail basis, and are evaluated on their general level of performance on a scale of 1-4.

No class ranks are reported by the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

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