Fourth Year Clerkship
ObjectivesMaster the initial evaluation of an acutely ill patient
The students have daily dialogs with the faculty. They receive frequent formative feedback during the rotation. They receive summative feedback from the faculty. Clinical experience logs are reviewed. The mechanism for determination of students’ final grades is identical at all sites. The surgery department clerkship committee determines each student’s final grade. This committee reviews the student’s performance on all components of the clerkship. The final grade reflects the student’s overall and cumulative clinical evaluations, clinical examination performance, and performance on an oral presentation. The final grade is determined by weighting the clinical grade assigned by faculty (60%), the final examination (20%) and the oral case presentation (20%).
The scale for final course grades is in accordance with the Academic Rules and Regulations 23rd edition UMDNJ - RWJMS and consists of five levels: Honors, High Pass, Pass, Conditional Pass, and Fail. A grade of Fail or Conditional Pass for one component may result in a course grade of Conditional Pass. After the student remediates a final course grade of Conditional Pass, the highest remediated course grade that can be awarded is a Pass. Receiving multiple Conditional Pass evaluations or one or more Fail evaluations may result in a final grade of Fail. This grade will become part of the student’s official records. Remediation of a final course grade of Fail is possible in accordance with the Academic Rules and Regulations 23rd edition RWJMS. However, once the student remediates a final grade of Fail, the student will receive a grade no higher than Pass for the course. Extenuating circumstances can always occur and are taken into consideration by the faculty grading committee when appropriate. However, these must be made apparent immediately to the clerkship director, co-director, or the director of surgical education and are not being considered after the fact.Clinical Sites
Currently, the Advanced Clerkship in Surgery is offered a Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Jersey Shore Medical Center. At Jersey Shore Medical Center, students work directly with the trauma-critical care faculty on a combined service for the entire block.