MD Grade Scale

Legacy Curriculum (pre-2020)

A Pass/Fail grading system is employed for the first part of the first year through 1989-90. Effective for the 1990-91 academic year, a Pass/Fail grading system is employed for the entire first year.

Effective as of the 2016-17 academic year, a Pass/Fail grading system is employed for the entire second year. At the conclusion of each academic year when all official grades have been received, the official transcript, in addition to listing courses and grades achieved, gives the grade distribution in each course with the exception of elective courses.

The grades are:

  • CR/NCR = Credit or No Credit
  • DF (through 1989-90) = Deferred
  • DF (effective 1990-91) = Deficiency (marginal performance with some deficiency that must be removed)
  • E = Temporary grade pending make-up of exam
  • F = Fail ( clearly unsatisfactory performance)
  • H = Honors (for truly outstanding performance)
  • HP = High Pass (for very good work)
  • I= Incomplete (course work has not been completed)
  • NG = Course credit earned; student not graded
  • P = Pass (for satisfactory work)
  • S = Satisfactory progress for this academic period, course continues in subsequent academic period
  • W = Withdrawal

 

Gateway Curriculum (2020 – present)

Phase 1

Courses in the first phase of the Gateway Curriculum (beginning 2020-2021) are evaluated on a Credit (CR) and No-Credit (NCR) basis based on the completion of all required course elements. For the purposes of the final competency outcomes, Competent (CMP) and Not-Competent (NCP) will be recorded for each competency domain (Foundational Knowledge for Practice, Patient Care, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice, and Practice-Based Learning & Improvement) in a course titled ”Phase 1 Competency Course.”

Phase 2

In Phase 2, all clerkships will receive a determination of Competent (CMP) or Not-Competent (NCP).  Based upon aggregated performance across Phase 2, the six competency domains

will have one of the following outcomes recorded in the “Phase 2 Competency Course”:

  • Patient Care (CMP, NCP, CPD)
  • Foundational Knowledge for Practice (CMP, NCP, CPD)
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills (CMP, NCP, CPD)
  • Professionalism (CMP, NCP)
  • Systems-Based Practice (CMP, NCP)
  • Practice-Based Learning & Improvement (CMP, NCP)

Phase 3

Courses in the third phase are evaluated on a Credit (CR) and No-Credit (NCR) basis. Based upon aggregated performance across Phase 3, the six competency domains will have one of the following outcomes recorded in the “Phase 3 Competency Course”:

  • Foundational Knowledge for Practice (CMP, NCP)
  • Patient Care (CMP, NCP)
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills (CMP, NCP)
  • Professionalism (CMP, NCP)
  • Systems-Based Practice (CMP, NCP, CPD*)
  • Practice-Based Learning & Improvement (CMP, NCP, CPD*)

*CPD = Competent with Distinction