Policy 565.40


Review of Academic Performance: Advanced Integration


Policy Statement

The Committee on Advancement will review the total performance of each student at least twice within each curricular segment (Foundations, Clerkship Year and Advanced Integration) on the basis of grades and narrative comments by the course and rotation directors and satisfactory completion of global assessments and requirements. Specific procedures under which the committee operates for Advanced Integration students are as follows:

  1. The degree of Doctor of Medicine is granted by the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont to candidates only upon recommendation of the Committee on Advancement, the faculty of the Larner College of Medicine and the University Senate. The Committee on Advancement will initiate these recommendations for all students who satisfactorily complete Advanced Integration and satisfy all graduation requirements.

  2. All unsatisfactory academic performances in the Advanced Integration Level will be reviewed by the Committee on Advancement at its earliest scheduled meeting, provided that the meeting date is no sooner than seven days from notification of unsatisfactory performance.

    Reasons for review by the Committee on Advancement may include the following:
    • Course or block failure
    • Three course and/or block marginal passes
    • Unsatisfactory academic progress despite a passing grade (course/level director referral)
    • Two different clerkship secure exam failures
    • Any incomplete grades including failure to complete the end of course evaluations
    • Subsequent unsatisfactory progress after previous referral to the Committee (additional marginal pass, incomplete, fail, or course director referral)

    In such cases the Committee on Advancement may require a student to take certain actions including, however not limited to, remediating/repeating one or more courses, repeating an entire curricular segment, or the committee may dismiss the student from the Larner College of Medicine.

  3. In addition to the above, the Committee on Advancement may determine that a student has not satisfactorily completed the work of Advanced Integration even if there are no failures in individual rotations. Such a determination may reflect consistent or collective marginally acceptable performance with failure to achieve expected competencies. In such an event, the course director or curriculum level director will prepare in writing the specific allegations giving rise to the review and submit the statement to the chairperson of the Committee on Advancement. On receipt of the statement, the chairperson shall inform the student in writing of the Committee’s pending review, the membership of the Committee and the specific allegations giving rise to the review of the student’s performance. In such cases the Committee on Advancement may require a student to take certain remedial actions including, but not limited to repeating one or more rotations, repeating an entire curricular segment, or dismiss the student from the Larner College of Medicine.

  4. A student failing any Advanced Integration rotation may, on vote of the Committee on Advancement, be permitted to make up the failure in a manner to be determined by the course director.  In addition, the Committee on Advancement may require modifications in the student’s subsequent plan of study for Advanced Integration.

  5. A student failing two or more Advanced Integration rotations will be dismissed from the Larner College of Medicine for unsatisfactory performance, even if the first of the two failures has already been made up.

  6. A student may withdraw from a course following approval of the student’s written request by the Associate Dean for Students and the course director. The request must be made prior to the onset of the final day of the rotation. The transcript grade for such a course will be recorded as WITHDRAWN. A narrative evaluation of the student’s performance prior to the withdrawal will be submitted for incorporation in the student’s permanent record. A student who withdraws from the course may, upon petition of the Committee on Advancement, make up the rotation in a manner acceptable to course director. Required rotations must be made up, while elective rotations need not be. The Committee on Advancement will have the final authority to decide whether the student has met the requirements for graduation.

  7. A student who fails to attend a scheduled Advanced Integration rotation, whether required or elective, and whether intramural or extramural, without having completed the appropriate withdrawal procedures and without having been excused by the Associate Dean for Students (with the knowledge of the student’s advisor) will be assigned a grade of fail for that rotation.

Applicability of the Policy

  • Advanced Integration

Reviewed and Approved

  • Medical Curriculum Committee, on December 19, 2017

Previous | Next