Grading/Assessment Criteria

Psychiatry Clerkship: Reno

There are four major components considered in awarding the grade in the psychiatry clerkship.

  1. Objective examination 25%
    The NBME Psychiatry Subject Examination will be utilized to assess objective knowledge. The grading guidelines based on each student's national percentile are as follows:
    • 70th percentile or greater = Honors
    • 51st to 69th percentile = High Pass
    • 16th to 50th percentile = Pass
    • 5th to 15th percentile = Marginal Pass
    • 4th percentile or less = Fail
    Please note that the scheduled time for this exam cannot be modified.
  2. Clinical examination 25%
    This involves an interview observed by a faculty examiner and an oral presentation of the case with feedback. See standardized grading criteria and examination evaluation form for more details.
  3. Faculty tutor evaluation 25%
    The grade awarded by the faculty tutor is based largely, but not entirely on the quality of the student's two comprehensive case write-ups and presentations-see standardized grading criteria.
  4. Clinical supervisors' evaluations 25%
    This is a composite grade derived from all of the student's clinical supervisors (see standardized grading criteria). Both residents and faculty/attendings who supervise medical students complete the clinical supervision form.
  5. 12-Step Report
    This assignment must be completed with a passing grade. A pass/fail grade is given by the coordinator of the substance abuse component.

Criteria for the various grades

Honors grade

To achieve an overall grade of honors, the student must be awarded honors in at least three of the four major components (i.e. objective exam, clinical exam, faculty tutor evaluation, and clinical supervisor evaluation) and must get no lower than high pass on the shelf exam. In addition, the clerkship coordinator must be satisfied that an honors grade is warranted. A marginal pass in any of the four major components will result in an overall grade of pass.

High Pass grade

To achieve an overall grade of high pass, the student must receive high pass or honors in three out of the four major components noted above. A marginal pass in any of the four major components will result in an overall grade of no higher than a pass.

Passing grade

To achieve a passing grade, the student must be awarded a pass or above on all four major components to the grade, of which only one may be a marginal pass.

Failing grade

A failure on any of the four major components to the grade will constitute an overall failing grade.