Dr. Kiran C. Patel

M.D. Assessment

MD students practicing at clinicals

How Competencies Are Assessed

Nova Southeastern University's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD) curriculum is organized in three phases—pre-clerkship, clerkship, and electives. The competency-based grading process at NSU MD ensures that teaching, assessment, and remediation of all competencies are equally prioritized. Below is a summary of how performance is assessed.

Grades Given During Pre-Clerkship Science Blocks and Courses

Pass

All competencies demonstrated at least a satisfactory level of performance, no significant portion of the performance has been below the minimum level of competency.

Fail

At least one competency was not demonstrated at a satisfactory level of performance. Remediation or repetition of coursework is required.

 

Grades Given During Clinical Clerkships and Electives

Honors

The student has performed consistently in a manner judged as truly outstanding. The performance is worthy as a model.

High Pass

The student has performed consistently in a manner judged to be clearly above average competency. The performance may occasionally be exemplary but not consistently so.

Pass

The student has performed consistently in a manner judged to be at or above the minimum level of competency. The performance may occasionally be superior, but not consistently so. No significant portion of the performance has been below the minimum level of competency.

Fail

The student has performed in a manner judged as marginal in relation to the minimal level of competency. In some aspects, performance may have been above the minimum level, but in other aspects, or at other times, performance has been below the minimum level. The student has not demonstrated adequate mastery of the pertinent competency. Remediation or repetition of coursework is required.

No GPA will be calculated/reported.

More About Student Assessment

Get details about exams, clerkship grading narratives, and other NSU MD assessment policies by reviewing the NSU student handbook.

2023-24 NSU Student Handbook PDF