Clerkship Evaluation & Narrative Appeal Policy
(See MD Program Handbook for additional details)
• Some students will appeal their final clerkship grades and/or the content of their narrative evaluations.
• According to the SOM policy on evaluation appeals, the process begins with a discussion between the student and the clerkship director or Advising Dean.
• Unresolved disagreements are referred to the Clerkship Evaluations Committee (CEC).
• The CEC will initially contact the appealing student and the clerkship director to discuss the evaluation in question.
• The CEC will then assemble a committee to review the student’s evaluation file to determine whether:
– The evaluation process was conducted fairly.
– The final evaluation was based on sufficient information.
– The final grade and narrative warrant revision.
• For an appeal to be considered, a written request must be made to the Division of Evaluation within eight weeks of the date that the final evaluation was submitted in E*Value.
• A request for an appeal does not constitute failure on the part of the clerkship evaluation team.
• Appeals provide an opportunity for learning and calibration. They serve an important function in achieving the broader goal of optimizing consistency in the evaluation across clerkships and sites.