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Grading

Medical school courses, modules and clerkships are graded as shown below:

  • H = Honors
  • S+ = High Satisfactory
  • S = Satisfactory
  • U = Unsatisfactory (see below)
  • I = Incomplete (see below)
  • W = Withdrawal (cannot be removed from transcript)
  • R = Resigned (cannot be removed from transcript)

A student who fails a Phase 2 shelf exam and who is eligible to remediate the clerkship by sitting for the shelf exam a second time will not receive a grade until the shelf exam is retaken. After the result of the shelf exam is returned by the NBME, a final grade will be sent to the OME in a memo format for recording on the student’s permanent record.

Once given, Unsatisfactory, Withdrawal and Resigned grades will become part of the student’s academic record. Remediation of Unsatisfactory grades will be credited at the next scheduled course offering. (For example: An Unsatisfactory grade in the fall semester will show the remediation in the fall of the following year).

Incomplete grades are to be given only in the event of illness or other individual circumstance which made it impossible for the student to complete the required coursework. Failure to complete coursework on time without approved extenuating circumstances requires an Unsatisfactory grade.

Withdrawal grades will become part of the student’s academic record in the event a student fails to pass the USMLE and cannot begin clerkship on time.

Resigned grades will become part of the student’s academic record in the event a student drops a course after the university date for dropping a course.