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Reassessment and Remediation Policy

Audience

This policy applies only to PharmD students entering in 2018 and beyond.

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Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to define availability of reassessments during a course and course remediation within the PharmD curriculum.

Background

The UCSF PharmD curriculum is a rigorous, year-round, three-year program that purposefully integrates numerous disciplines and gradually builds upon what students learn through coursework that is cumulative and continually reinforced.

Students are responsible for achieving success and demonstrating competency throughout the PharmD curriculum; however, it is not uncommon to face challenges that result in performance that does not meet standards for competency within a course. The School will partner with students experiencing difficulty in the curriculum to provide access to academic support resources and opportunities for students to correct academic deficiencies.

Definitions

  • Reassessment: The process of repeating an assessment in order to demonstrate a level of competency as defined by the initial assessment.

  • Remediation: A process, beyond the standard course curriculum, that is designed to facilitate improvement in knowledge, skills and attitude of the students who are underperforming and bring them to a level of competency expected of students at the conclusion of a course.

  • Summative Assessment: A high-stakes assessment designed to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit in comparison to an established standard or benchmark that represents competency as established by the course director and her/his education team.

  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE): Experiences within community and institutional pharmacy practice settings involving supervised pharmacy practice and direct patient care experiences.

  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE): Experiences within a variety of practice settings designed to enhance and refine student performance in pharmacy practice and direct patient care and to expose students to a variety of career pathways.

Policy

Didactic Curricular Reassessment and Remediation

A student who does not meet the competency standards on a summative assessment in a didactic course will be allowed two additional opportunities to demonstrate competency. The schedule for reassessment exams is published at the beginning of the academic year. Students who do not demonstrate competency on the summative exams are required to take reassessment exams according to the published schedule, which includes exams scheduled during break periods.

A student who does not demonstrate competency following a first reassessment will earn a grade of Y and is offered one additional opportunity to demonstrate competency through a second reassessment. A student with more than two pending second reassessments in core themes will be reviewed by the Sub-Committee on Student Progress and may be referred to the Committee on Academic Standards for review.

A remediation plan will be developed for students prior to all second reassessments . The student may also be subject to additional conditions as mandated by the Sub-Committee on Student Progress.

Second reassessment exams for Foundations I and the Cardiovascular Science & Therapeutics themes will take place during the first year Inquiry Immersion period. A student who does not pass the second reassessment for either Foundations I or Cardiovascular Science & Therapeutics will not progress in the first-year curriculum. The student will re-enter the program the following year to repeat and pass the theme(s).

Second reassessment exams for the Respiratory Science & Therapeutics, Renal Science & Therapeutics and Gastrointestinal Science & Therapeutics will take place during Summer break following Professional Readiness Week. A student who does not pass the second reassessment for the Respiratory, Renal or Gastrointestinal Science and/or Therapeutics theme will not progress to the second-year curriculum. The student will re-enter the program the following year to repeat and pass the theme(s).

Second reassessment exams for second-year core themes (Endocrine Science & Therapeutics, Neuroscience & Therapeutics, Oncology Science & Therapeutics, Infectious Disease Science & Therapeutics) will take place during the first APPE block. Reassessment exam dates will be established to provide adequate notification to APPE programs and sites in the event a student is not eligible for APPEs. Second reassessment exams for second-year core themes will delay student’s entry into APPEs and graduation date. To be eligible for a second reassessment exam, a second-year student cannot have more than two (2) pending second reassessments in core themes.

If the student does not achieve competency following a second reassessment, the student will receive a grade of NO PASS (NP) in the course.1 The student will be required to repeat the course as outlined in the academic plan for progression in the curriculum established by the Sub-Committee on Student Progress and/or Committee on Academic Standards. The course must be successfully repeated in order to begin APPEs and be eligible for graduation from the PharmD program.

Faculty in the Foundations I course has the discretion to offer an additional reassessment if circumstances warrant, based upon student performance and in consultation with the Sub Committee on Student Progress.

Applied Patient Care Skills Course Reassessment and Remediation

Students not meeting competency on a summative assessment must satisfy the remediation plan set forth by the Skills Director. The student must a reassessment to demonstrate competency at a level to pass the course.

The Skills faculty may refer second-year students with multiple OSCE reassessments to the Sub-Committee on Student Progress for review. The remediation plan to develop competency set forth by the Sub-Committee may result in a delay of entry into APPEs.

Students receiving a grade of NP in a course will be required to repeat the course as outlined in the academic plan for progression in the curriculum established by the Sub-Committee on Student Progress and/or Committee on Academic Standards. The course must be successfully repeated in order to begin APPEs and be eligible for graduation from the PharmD program.

Experiential Curricular Components

Students receiving a grade of NP in a course will be required to repeat the course, or equivalent IPPE/APPE experience, in order to be eligible for graduation from the PharmD program.

Revision

Approved CEPC 7/16/2018; revised 1/31/2020; revised 7/24/2020

Footnote

  1. Faculty in the Foundations I course has the discretion to offer an additional reassessment if circumstances warrant, based upon student performance and in consultation with the Sub Committee on Student Progress.

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