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Proposal for Student Outcome Assessment in the New Curriculum - August 13, 1998

RATIONALE:

The methods of assessment of student performance and program outcome should reflect the objectives of the revised curriculum.

OBJECTIVES:

  • maintain the integrity of the curriculum
  • foster student responsibility for learning
  • provide additional learning tools
  • support program evaluation
  • facilitate feedback to faculty

COMPONENTS:

The following components apply to BOTH Year One and Year Two of the curriculum:

Student Self-Assessment (Formative Evaluation)

  • Students will take a short computer administered examination at the beginning of each section/subject committee.  This diagnostic test will serve as a guide to the expected depth of understanding and will enable both students and faculty to establish a baseline.
  • A series of self-assessment computer administered examinations will serve as the formative evaluation.  Questions linked to learning objectives of each section/subject committee will be drawn from the "public" question bank.   Each student will be required to achieve at a criterion performance level within an established time frame.  Students who do not reach criterion within 2 (or 3) attempts will be identified to the Office of Student Affairs for additional help.  The test questions will be linked to the electronic syllabus so that students can use them as a guide to further learning.

Summative Examinations

  • A summative midterm examination will be administered just before the winter break.   This examination will consist of a cumulative multiple-choice question component with questions from the secure question bank as well as new questions, lab practicals (histology, pathology, gross anatomy); an assessment of attainment of learning objectives in clinical science (such as an OSCE, videotape interview), and a team-based assignment.   Each student must reach a predetermined criterion for EACH component.  Those students who do not reach criterion level on any component will be presented to the Committee on Students.
  • A summative comprehensive examination will be administered at the end of Year One and at the end of Year Two.  This examination will consist of a cumulative multiple-choice question component with questions from the secure question bank as well as new questions, lab practicles (histology, pathology, gross anatomy); and assessment of attainment of learning objectives in clinical science (such as an OSCE, videotape interview), and a team-based assignment.  Each student must reach a predetermined criterion for EACH component.  Those students who do not reach criterion level on any component will be presented to the Committee on Students.

USMLE Requirements

  • Passage of both USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 will be required for graduation.