Assessment and Examination

Complementary to summative assessment, formative assessment is rooted in the UIWSOM’s guiding principles, enabling learners to regularly perform self-assessment of their academic progress. Formative assessment is not punitive, but a personal empowerment tool critical to success and improvement throughout undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education. Formative assessment can take place in informal individual or small group settings, and through formal academic activities, such as weekly formative assessments, Socratic dialogues, clinical skills development, simulated patient encounters, and peer-evaluation.

Criterion-referenced summative assessments will be used to evaluate learning at the end of the unit. Methods of assessment include, but are not limited to, written examinations, direct and simulated performance evaluations, and reflective exercises.


Board Preparation and Examination

During the first half of their fourth year, learners take the COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE exam, and at the end of this last year engage in a two-week Ready for Residency unit, during which they are assessed for the entry-level ACGME PGY1 Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).