LUCOM student-doctor in the SIM lab

Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)


Mission

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) exists to educate osteopathic physicians in a Christian environment. LUCOM prepares physicians who dedicate themselves to excellence in the practice of osteopathic medicine through service toward their fellow man, lifelong learning, and the advancement of medical knowledge. Instilling the Christian values of integrity and professionalism, LUCOM trains physicians who will provide ethical, compassionate, competent, and patient-centered osteopathic medical care.

Unique Characteristics of LUCOM’s Educational Program

The curriculum is built around a semester schedule utilizing an integrated, interdisciplinary, systems-based model with an emphasis on active learning. The curriculum is designed to emphasize biomedical and clinical interdisciplinary collaboration, guiding student-doctors to develop a holistic approach to medicine. A notable aspect of the clinical program is a required month long rotation in an underserved practice setting. In rural clinics and hospitals throughout the state of Virginia and across the United States, our students participate in providing healthcare to medically underserved and indigent patients. Our students learn to treat various patients whose lifestyles, practices, and attitudes toward health care differ from those seen in more traditional training sites.

Average length of enrollment (from matriculation to graduation):

Four years is the average length of enrollment for students in the inaugural class.

Information about Compliance with AAMC’s Recommendations for Medical School Transcripts

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine complies with the AAMC “Guidelines for Medical Schools Regarding Academic Transcripts” in all regards except the following: LUCOM has replaced failing grades with a 70X or 70R – this is noted on the transcript legend. The transcript legend does not include a definition of academic probation or graduation honors. The transcript legend does not include requirements for passing COMLEX. Finally, the transcript legend does not include corrected calculations of the units of credit for clinical rotations. Moving forward we plan to modify our transcript paper as well as current grading practice to be in compliance with these items. Below is additional information about academic probation, graduation honors, COMLEX requirements, and clinical rotation credit calculations.

A student is considered to be on academic probation when he or she has a cumulative grade point average less than a 70, any un-remediated course failures, any incomplete coursework, or Student Progress Committee granted sanction. A student on this status will be prohibited from certain activities and officiating positions

Graduation with honors: Students with a cumulative average in the upper three percent of their class will receive a diploma inscribed with “highest honors.” Students in the next seven percent of their class will receive a diploma inscribed with “honors.”

Students are required to pass COMLEX Level 1, 2CE, and 2PE. One clinical rotation hour is equivalent to one hour of academic effort.

Description of the Evaluation System

Grading for OMS-I, OMS-II, and OMS-III student-doctors is primarily based on a scale of 0 to 100. Several pre-clinical courses are graded pass/fail. LUCOM requires a grade of 70 or above for passing of all courses, any grade below 70 is failing. The MSPE further explains grading for OMS-III core rotations. Grading for OMS-IV rotations is pass/fail. President’s List honors are achieved by OMS-I or OMS-II students whose term average places them in the top three percent of the class for that semester or an OMS-III student whose cumulative average places them in the top three percent of the class for that academic year. Dean’s List honors are achieved by OMS-I or OMS-II students whose term average places them in the top 4 to 10 percent of the class for that semester or an OMS-III student whose cumulative average places them in the top 4 to 10 percent of the class for the academic year.

Some courses may be graded pass with honors/high pass/pass/fail/and satisfactory; or satisfactory/unsatisfactory as shown below:

P Pass* 70-100
F Fail* 0-69
R Repeated course
I Incomplete
NR No grade reported
FN Failure for nonattendance
W Withdrawal
WP Withdrawal Passing
WF Withdrawal Failing
AU Audited Course
X Passed by remediation
H Pass with honors 90-100
HP High pass 80-89
S Satisfactory 70-79
U Unsatisfactory 0-69


*courses when no honor grade is accepted

Medical school requirements for successful completion of COMLEX Levels 1, 2:

COMLEX Level 1 is required for promotion and graduation; COMLEX Level 2 (CE and PE) are required for promotion and graduation

OSCE

Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCEs) are required for the completion of four courses in OMS-I and OMS-II (Patient Centered Medicine 101, 102, 201, 202).  In addition, OSCEs are required as a component of Capstone I (course) prior to the OMS-III year and CAPSTONE II (course) prior to the OMS-IV year. These courses, including OSCEs, are required for academic promotion.

MSPE Composition and Commentary

The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) is composed through the Office of the Registrar, Office of Clinical Rotations, and the Office of the Dean. Narrative comments provided by the preceptors are included in the clinical course sections of the MSPE and are edited for length and grammar, but not content. Once the associate and senior associate deans approve content, the MSPE is sent to the Office of the Dean for final approval. Students are permitted to review the final MSPE.