Your final grade is derived from two components: the clinical evaluation and the final written examination. The results of the clerkship and faculty evaluations are confidential and not made known to the sites until all student grading has been completed.
Clinic preceptors, attendings, other faculty, and residents will document their observations of your clinical performance on the standard clinical Clerkship Student Performance Evaluation form (in PDF format in Reference tab of this website).
The final written examination, consisting of approximately 100 questions over an allotted time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. is a standardized subject test from the National Board of Examiners (NBME). A score of 80 is required for honors, 75 for high pass, and 60 for a pass. The test is designed to have a mean of 70 with a standard deviation of 8. This grading scheme is fixed and non-negotiable.
Breakdown of Questions
The NBME provides sample items designed to the format of the examination. Please click here for a sample 20 question examination (with answers).
How to Prepare for NBME Exam
Recommendations to prepare for the NBME Obstetrics and Gynecology Subject Exam are as follows:
Grades are computed on the basis of two sources of information:
The Department of Ob/Gyn utilizes the grades of Honors (5), High Pass (4), Pass (3), Low Pass (2). and Fail (1). The final grade, as required by the School of Medicine and sent to the Dean, is calculated as follows:
*A failed exam will result in an overall Pass for the clerkship, regardless of the clinical grade received. Students who fail the exam must retake the exam during an intercession (for AY2015-2016 the intercession consists of elective blocks and/or the end of 3rd year clerkships). An exam score recheck is available upon student request. The fee is $25 and is to be paid by the requesting student. If the failed exam is retaken and passed, the student will keep their final grade of Pass. If the failed exam is retaken and failed the School of Medicine will decide further steps for remediation.
A failed clinical evaluation my not be retaken and constitutes a final grade of Fail.
Appealing Your Grade
This information is from the Student Handbook, pages 98-99.
The first step in having a grade and/or evaluation comments reviewed is to meet with Dr. Mendiratta, the Clerkship Director, to discuss the reason(s) for the grade or comment review. For an appeal of the grade, the student should document in writing the reasons he/she believes the grade is inaccurate, and the discussion with the Clerkship Director should include a review of both the criteria established by the department for the assignment of the grade and the actual performance of the student. For an appeal of comments, the student should document in writing the reasons he/she believes the comments are inaccurate, incomplete, or inappropriate, and the discussion with the Clerkship Director should include an assessment of whether the comments described the behavior observed or were inappropriate for a performance evaluation.
As part of the appeal review, the Clerkship Director may need to speak with the attending(s) or resident(s) who completed the original evaluation(s) and others who worked with the student. At the conclusion of this review, the Clerkship Director will make a decision on the grade and/or the appropriateness of the comments and will communicate the results of the review to the student.
If the decision is to uphold the grade and/or comments and the student is not satisfied with the Clerkship Director's explanation, the student has 14 calendar days after his or her discussion with the Clerkship Director to submit a written appeal to the Chair of the Department, with a copy of the appeal also sent to the Clerkship Director.
The Department Chair shall consult with any or all parties (Clerkship Director, attending(s), resident(s), student, etc.) to determine whether the evaluation of the student's performance was fair and reasonable. It is expected that this can be accomplished in 21 calendar days. Once all information deemed relevant is reviewed by the Department Chair, he or she will determine the clerkship grade, and this decision is final with no further appeal.
If you fail your Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship you will be required to repeat the clerkship at the UWMC/HMC clerkship site. Retaking the clerkship includes all aspects of the clerkship. You will be required to submit 3 new write-ups and bioethical CEx, re-do the mid-clerkship feedback and mini CEx forms, give a formal presentation (topic must be different than your previous formal presentation), and retake the final exam. There will be no exceptions to this policy.