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Evaluation Process

Being evaluated and receiving feedback are important components to every educational process. While you are rotating with us, your performance will be evaluated and you will receive feedback from attendings and residents. Some of it will be as a written evaluation at the conclusion of your rotation. But some will be informal through discussion in the operating room, in clinic, or while rounding with the team. We will comment on the strengths you exhibit while working with us. We will also offer feedback with suggestions for how you can improve your performance. Grading will be performed by our faculty and residents

Your evaluations will be reviewed and summarized and a grade of Honors, High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, or Fail will be awarded. Grades are determined as a group by all of the faculty and residents that you work with. Clinical grading is somewhat subjective and there is no “point system” for earning Honors. Honors are given only to the top 15-20% of students. Therefore, meeting all obligations and doing a solid job does not necessarily equal an Honors grade. You must clearly stand out in your performance, either by knowledge, your patient care, your work ethic, or a combination of all of these factors.


Med 3 Grading Guidelines

Honors (15 – 20%): Must have BOTH superior knowledge/skills and superior effort. Always puts forth an outstanding effort. Routinely goes above and beyond. Great team player. Effort, knowledge base and clinical skills significantly above peers. Stands out as one of the top students.

High Pass (25 – 30%): Has EITHER superior knowledge/skills or superior effort, but not both. Outstanding effort, routinely goes above and beyond. Great team player. Knowledge base and skills above average. OR Good effort, does what is expected, but doesn’t routinely go above and beyond. Knowledge base and skills are outstanding.

Pass (50% or more): Has BOTH good effort and good knowledge/skills. Puts forth a good effort, meets all requirements. Demonstrates a good fund of knowledge/skills.

Low Pass: Lacks either effort or knowledge/skills. Does not meet expectations for effort (shows up late, skips cases/clinics), does not follow patients routinely. Clinical knowledge/skills below expected level for a 3rd year student.


Your grades will then be given to the Department of Surgery Medical Student Education Office who will post them on OASIS and use them to determine your clerkship grade. Your performance will also be evaluated in part by the successes you have answering urologic questions on the SHELF exam.

We welcome your feedback. Please complete the electronic evaluation form on OASIS. These are anonymous and we receive collated results every six months. If you have specific feedback or comments, please share those directly with us as you feel comfortable. Your feedback, evaluations and comments are taken seriously and used to improve our educational program.


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