GUIDELINES FOR MEDICAL COURSES
In MED courses, the Course Director, in consultation with the Department Chairperson, will set all course policies and requirements and evaluate the performance of students in the course. Attendance at all required class sessions is mandatory for all MED courses within the parameters set forth in the Attendance Policy of CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program (see “Attendance Requirements,” below).
Standardized subject examinations will be administered in all courses where a standardized subject examination is available from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), and the subject examination will serve as the final comprehensive exam. If the Course Director and Chairperson determine the NBME exam insufficiently matches the course material, they may request the Curriculum Committee to waive the requirement prior to the beginning of the course. Furthermore, no numerical credit will be given towards the final course grade from the NBME subject examination (see “Courses in Which a National Board of Medical Examiners Subject Examination Is Required,” below).
In all MED courses, students must attain a minimum final score of 70 to pass the course. In MED courses a score of 70 percent is equivalent to a grade of “B-,” with the exception of Principles of General Chemistry (MED 10200) and Bio-Organic Chemistry (MED 20300), where a minimum grade of ‘C’ is required.
In all MED courses, with the exception of Principles of General Chemistry (MED 10200) and Bio-Organic Chemistry (MED 20300), a score of 85 percent or higher is required for a final course grade of “A-.”
Information on course content, course requirements, grading policies and course reassessment policy in MED courses will be provided to students at the beginning of the course by the Course Director according to guidelines approved by the Curriculum Committee.
Ultimate evaluation and grading of student performance in the course will be made by the Course Director and Chairperson. For team-taught courses the evaluation will also include consultation with the faculty. Assessment of the pattern of progress of each student throughout the curriculum is reserved for the Student Academic Progress Committee.
Within three days after the completion of courses that only use multiple choice exams for assessments, the course director submits grades using the guidelines described in the following section.
II. GRADING POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS
i. Satisfactory Academic Progress
In order to be considered in satisfactory academic progress, students must:
• For the BS degree, meet all academic standards established by the City College of New York (as specified in the CCNY Bulletin of Undergraduate Programs), including maintaining at least the required minimum grade point average of 2.0 (“C”).
• Successfully complete the prescribed Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program and CUNY School of Medicine curricula for each year of study.
• Earn passing grades in all courses required for graduation (see “Grading Policies and Requirements,” below).
The Student Academic Progress Committee of the CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program meets regularly to review the academic records of students in the program. Students who fail to fulfill the above requirements may be placed on academic probation, given a prescription year, or dismissed from the program (see “The Student Academic Progress Committee,” below).
ii. The Student Academic Progress Committee (SAPC)
The Student Academic Progress Committee, a standing committee of the CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program meets regularly to review the academic progress of each student. The committee consists of faculty members and ex- officio members. The committee also includes student members who attend during policy discussions.
The responsibilities of the Student Academic Progress Committee include:
• Reviewing the academic progress of each student as indicated by grades and other information on academic performance reported to the committee, with individual grades evaluated in the context of overall achievement;
• seeking methods for enhancing the academic performance of all students; and
• making appropriate recommendations concerning the academic status of each student.
In reviewing the academic performance of a student, the Student Academic Progress Committee may mandate that the student:
• be promoted to the next academic year;
• be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree and the MD degree
• take the United States Medical Licensing Examination, Step 1;
• be granted a leave of absence (academic or personal);
• be placed on academic probation;
• repeat a failed course during the next academic year;
• be granted a prescription year (i.e., repeat an academic year);
• be dismissed from the program.