Student Handbook: Tracking and Monitoring Student Progress
It is hoped that this teaching system will accomplish several things. First, it will identify early the rare student who is not suitable for medical school, thereby saving the student considerable time and money. More importantly, it will identify students who need extra help in order to satisfactorily complete the curriculum. In some cases, simple counseling or change of study habits is sufficient to achieve this. On other occasions, it may be that substantial, individualized curricular changes are necessary. For example, some students may require more than the standard time to complete the curriculum. By early recognition of this fact, the extra time can be planned in a meaningful way. This is particularly important in year one and year two. Finally, it is hoped that this mechanism can provide valuable feedback to prior curricular units which may be helpful in program evaluation as the years go by.
Confidentiality is assured by the fact that only those directly concerned with entering the material into the record and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and his/her staff have direct access to this information. The latter communicates problems only to the necessary director of the next curricular unit in order that he/she may anticipate problems and prevent them when possible by means of extra work with the student.
Role of the Office of Education and Curriculum