VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook

d) Problem solving and clinical decision making; e) Professionalism and ethics; f) Osteopathic specific competencies; and g) Additional VCOM values.

Student competencies are judged by the clinical skill performance. A student’s clinical skills are rated on the form as: unacceptable, below expectation, meets expectation, above expectation, or exceptional. These ratings are compiled and result in a clinical rotation grade that uses the Honors, High Pass, Pass, Fail system; these grades are not calculated in the GPA. OMS 4 students receive clinical rotation competency grades at the end of each rotation though the VCOM Portal. 2. Emergency Medicine Educational Modules: In the OMS 4 year, Emergency Medicine is the only rotation that includes modules. Thus, in addition to being assessed on clinical performance skills during the EM rotation, students are also assessed on the basic science and medical knowledge acquired through educational modules. The educational modules utilize on-line cases, required reading assignments, VCOM TV recordings, and other forms of delivery to provide the medical knowledge for the third year curriculum. Students are expected to complete all of the assigned materials in order to complete the entire curriculum assigned for the clinical module. There is no end-of-rotation exam or grading for the EM modules. OMS 4 students must pass both the "module/exam" and "rotation" portions of the EM course. 3. Research and Scholarly Activity: During the OMS 4 year, students are required to complete research and produce a thesis or scholarly paper of publishable quality. This scholarly activity provides students the opportunity to further develop research, critical thinking and writing skills, all while working in collaboration with VCOM clinical faculty members. The OMS 4 paper is assigned a traditional letter grade (A, B+, B, C+, C, and F) and is calculated into the GPA. OMS 4 students receive the paper grade through the VCOM Portal system at the end of the academic. 4. Documentation: Students are required to maintain a log to identify the procedures performed, and to log the ICD 10 codes of the patient cases seen by diagnosis, to assess the number of essential patient encounters in each core specialty. The faculty member will verify the information at the end of the rotation either online using a password signature, or by signing the log. Satisfactory Academic Progress In order for a student to be deemed as making satisfactory academic progress in years OMS 3 and OMS 4, they must successfully complete clinical rotations and clinical modules/exams and all other curricular requirements, pass the COMPE, COMSAE Phase 2, COMLEX Level 2 CE, and/or meet the requirements as set forth by the Promotion Board. See National Boards section in this Catalog/Handbook for additional academic progress requirements including promotion to third and fourth years. Fourth year students should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this Handbook for more information about graduation requirements. Those students who continue to be unable to make satisfactory progress in passing all rotations and requirements are evaluated by the Promotion Board. The Promotion Board, in the process of determining eligibility for promotion or graduation, may consider the results of the student assessments, attendance, conduct and potential professional attributes in making final determinations. Student Involvement and Expectations in Clinical Rotation Grading Rotation evaluation begins the first week of the rotation. At the end of the first week, students should ask, "How am I doing?" and "Are there things I should improve?” Students should ask for an informal evaluation at the end of each week thereafter in order to continually improve and so not to be surprised by a poor evaluation at the end of


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