VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook

Clinical Grading for OMS 4 Osteopathic medical students are assessed during the fourth year as described below:

1. Clinical Rotation Competency Evaluation : Competency-based rating forms are utilized by clinical faculty when evaluating each student’s clinical skills performance and application of medical knowledge in the clinical setting. The rating forms are completed by the primary clinical faculty member who is precepting the student. VCOM uses a competency based evaluation form which includes the following osteopathic core competencies:

a) Medical knowledge; b) Communication; c) Physical exam skills; 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. 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.


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