Faculty of Medicine
Section 5: Student Evaluation and Academic Progress
5.3.5 The Multiple Specialty Rotation (MSR) Clerkships
Method of Evaluation
The evaluation of students during the MSR clerkship rotations includes assessments of attendance, performance and could include faculty prepared examinations. Students will be expected to attend all clinical, small group, and laboratory sessions. If more than 10% of a block of sessions is missed, without an excused absence, then the student may fail that block of sessions. Clinical performance will be judged, where applicable, as in the major clerkships. The clerkship director, or delegate, will obtain the information from the staff of the department as determined necessary to evaluate the student by the undergraduate committee of the department. The clerkship director, or delegate, must advise each student by the midway point in the rotation if his or her performance is likely to lead to a failing assessment. Failing students must be given due opportunity to improve their performance to the expected standard. The clerkship director, or delegate, will use all evaluations to make a final decision on the student’s performance at the end of all rotations in that department. While a constituent part of the MSR clerkship may be failed, failure may be outweighed by good evaluations in other constituent parts. A failing student must be informed of the failure by the preceptor, clerkship director, or delegate preferably before the end of the rotation but not later than seven working days after the end. All results will be submitted to the undergraduate committee of the department, who, in the case of a failure will review all the evaluations and preceptors’ pass/fail assessments to determine the overall, pass/ fail standing for the student in that department.
The Community Health Science Project
Each student will complete a paper and presentation in community health sciences during the Multiple Specialty Rotation. The paper will be evaluated by the supervisor to a standard set by the department with approval of the community health science undergraduate clerkship director. If the paper is unsatisfactory then the preceptor will meet with the student to determine an appropriate time for improvement before a failure is recorded. In the case of a failure, the clerkship director, or delegate, will submit the failure to the COE Clerkship and advise upon the remediation needed for the student to produce a satisfactory paper.
Remediation for an MSR Clerkship Failure:
The COE Clerkship will provide the student who has failed a clinical component of the MSR with a remedial period in the department in which the rotation was failed. This period is flexible but can be up to the same length as the failed rotation. Such a remedial rotation will be an equivalent educational experience to that failed and its goal will be for the student to reach the expected standard of clinical performance. A similar process of evaluation will be used and may be supplemented by a clinical oral and/or written examination if the department deems it necessary. The remedial will be taken in an elective period.