Remediation

One goal of the School of Medicine is to ensure that students meet all requirements to complete an M.D. degree and become licensed physicians. Mastery of the science important to become exceptional physicians is critical. Student progress toward mastery is frequently assessed, and students will be notified of their status on an ongoing basis. Students who do not demonstrate mastery will be required to remediate.

The complete Foundations Phase Remediation policy can be found here:

Click here for an overview of the roles and steps involved in the remediation process.

  • Students must complete blocks with a grade of 70% or higher to pass.
  • Foundations of Clinical Medicine is a longitudinal course with the final grade assigned in December of year two, contingent on attendance, completion of all assignments, and evaluation by the student’s mentor, PCP preceptor, and other FCM faculty.
  • The grade for the Themes in Medicine (previously Ecology in Health in Medicine) course is determined at the conclusion of each TIM / EHM week. Students must attend each session, participate in individual and group projects, and complete each assignment at a quality judged “acceptable” per the assignment’s grade rubric.

Although a grade for a block is assigned at the block’s conclusion, thread mastery is determined at the end of each term:

  • For term 1 (E21 and before Fall quarter of year 1, for E22 and on Summer and Fall of year 1).
    • Thread mastery is assigned in late December of the first year.
  • For term 2 (Winter and Spring quarter of year 1).
    • Thread mastery is assigned in late June of the first year.
  • For term 3 (Fall quarter of year 2).
    • Thread mastery is assigned in late December of the second year.

Click here for more information regarding thread mastery.

The University of Washington uses Canvas, a Learning Management System, to provide course content and post student grades. Student can use the “Grades” tab within each block’s Canvas site to monitor their performance in a block. Each block also includes a page titled “Thread Grades” with detailed instructions for checking thread performance.  Course grades are available on MyUW.

See this video for instructions on tracking your thread performance.

Failing grades in a block, unsatisfactory mastery of threads, and lack of adequate progress in FCM are reported to the Student Progress Committee (SPC), and the SPC determines if remediation is allowed. UWSOM Curriculum will confirm remediation course-work and timeline with the student. In some instances (such as several failures or relevant extenuating circumstances) SPC may instead recommend that the student re-takes the block, or that the student takes time away from the curriculum.

Remediation:

  • If a student failed a block then the students registers for an independent-study remediation course, credits carry the same credit load as the failed Foundations Block.
  • If a student fails a thread then the student registers for an independent-study thread remediation course. Credits for thread remediation is 2-credits for each thread failed.
  • Registration for the remediation course may result in additional tuition cost depending upon the quarter and your credit load.

What happens in the Independent study course?

  • Students meet with block or thread faculty to determine study plan for remediation course. Students focus their attention on relevant content and take an examination to assess their mastery of the material.

Remediation is the process by which students address and rectify a failure in a required block, course, or a lack of mastery in one of the threads. Remediation provides an opportunity for students to focus their studies on, and demonstrate mastery of, material that they may not have grasped initially. Remediation is not a punitive measure; it is designed to ensure that students have been adequately prepared to move forward in the curriculum; the ultimate goal of remediation is to prepare students for the next phases of their training.

Importantly, it is a UWSOM requirement that any required remediation be completed for a student to graduate.

Review the policy (linked above and here) for a timeline of remediation in the Foundations Phase. https://education.uwmedicine.org/md-program-policies-handbook/foundations-remediation/ 

At the end of each block or required course, students will be notified if they have passed or failed that block or course. This notification will come from the site block leader or Block Director. The information will also be shared with the Foundations Dean at the student’s regional site (or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs if student is in Seattle), the Associate Dean for Curriculum, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences, the student’s College mentor, and the UWSOM Registrar.

At the completion of each term, each thread director will notify students who have not mastered the thread content for that term. This communication will be shared by the thread leader with the student, Foundations Dean at the student’s regional site (or the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs if the student is based in Seattle), Associate Dean for Curriculum, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences, and the student’s College mentor, the UWSOM Registrar.

  • When a student is informed of a Fail grade or unsatisfactory thread performance, it is reported at the next meeting of the Student Progress Committee (SPC).
  • SPC determines if remediation is allowed.
  • Curriculum will notify the student about timelines and remediation details.
  • In some instances (such as several failures or relevant extenuating circumstances) SPC may instead recommend that the student re-takes the block, or that the student takes time away from the curriculum.
  • Failure to meet satisfactory performance of the remediation will result in notification to the SPC for determination of subsequent action.

Yes. A failing grade in a block will be noted on your transcript, and the remediation course will appear on your transcript as an independent study course, with a Pass or Fail grade corresponding to whether you successfully remediate. Additionally, your MSPE will include this information under the “Academic History” section.

The format of remediation courses is at the discretion of the block, course or thread director, but will always conclude with an assessment of the student’s mastery of the material, typically via a multiple-choice or short-answer exam. Students should to reach out to the block or thread director if they have any questions about the particulars of their independent study process.

Once students are enrolled in the remediation independent-study course, block/thread directors and site faculty are available if students have questions about difficult content or need input on how to focus their studying efforts.

Foundations Phase Remediation for Blocks and Threads Policy

 

Students should generally expected to register for remediation courses according to the following schedule:

  • If a student fails any block or does not achieve mastery in Terms 1 and 2 then remediation will occur in the summer quarter between years 1 and 2 (or between Term 2 and 3). This is the same time as the Independent Investigative Inquiry (III). If there is substantial required remediation, then a student will be required to complete a modified III*.
    • Term 1: Courses and threads in Fall of Year 1 (E22 and on Term 1: Summer and Fall of year 1)
    • Term 2: Courses and thread in Winter and Spring of Year 1
  • If a student fails any blocks or does not achieve mastery of a thread in Term 3 then remediation will occur in Winter quarter of  year 2 (after Term3).
    • Term 3: Courses and threads in Fall of Year 2.

Within these parameters, the scheduling of the final examination is to be negotiated by the student, the block, course, or thread director, any supporting faculty members, and the student’s Site Dean. Students are required to complete remediation exams by the end of the that they register for the independent-study remediation course.

*What is a modified III? This is when a students completes a different III selective to ensure that they are able to complete required remediation during the summer quarter. See question: When do I have to do a modified Independent Investigative Inquiry (III) if I’m remediating course-work from Term’s 1 -2? 

A modified III is when a student completes a Scholarship of Integration III project that ensures that the student is able to complete their required remediation during the summer quarter between Years 1 and 2. A student will be required to complete this Scholarship of Integration III option in the following instances:

  • If a student fails one block and does not achieve mastery in one or more threads in Terms 1 and 2.
  • If a student does not achieve mastery in three or more threads during Terms 1 and Term 2.

If you have any Term 1 and/or Term 1 remediation, are concerned about III completion during Summer Quarter between Years 1 and 2, and want to do a modified III, please reach out to somiii@uw.edu. The III program will work with you to develop a modified III that will make sure you have achieved mastery of the required course-work during the 1st two terms of medical school.

If a student successfully completes the remediation course, they may return to the curriculum and complete their remaining credit requirements. If they do not pass the remediation course, they will be referred back to the Student Progress Committee.

If you have any questions about the remediation process, please contact the School of Medicine’s Foundations Phase curriculum team at foundmed@uw.edu.