Components of a Pediatric Student Grade

Clinical Performance - Percent of Final Grade 65% 

Inpatient Attending Evaluation 25%
Inpatient Resident Evaluation 10%
Outpatient Attending Evaluation 20%
Newborn - Attending Evaluation 10% 

Shelf Examination – 20%
In general, a score above 80 is required to be eligible for a grade of Honors or cohort mean, (whichever is lower).  Attaining such scores does NOT guarantee a grade of Honors. 

Departmental Requirements – 15%

  • Outpatient Progress Note 5%
  • Inpatient H&P 5%
  • Aquifer Cases/Patient Logs/Complete Evals 5%

Total 100%

Clinical Performance
The grade will be extrapolated from standard evaluation forms that are completed based on observations made by faculty and house staff involved in the students' pediatric rotations.  Any unexcused absence will be considered a professionalism issue. Many clinical grades are given after the attendings meet together as a group. One person is then assigned to formally enter the grade.

Inpatient – Evaluators you will be linked to, Newborn attending, senior residents that you work with > 4 days, Pediatric hospitalists (>3 days) Cardiology, Pulmonary, GI, Renal, Heme-Onc, Neurology (≥4 days).

Not linked to endocrinology, rheumatology or genetics unless you ask

If we make an error in linking, please let us know ASAP.

No evaluations will be removed after they have been completed

Students may choose to have as many sub specialists evaluate them as they wish. 

Shelf Exam

The Pediatric Shelf examination is given at the end of the clerkship. It should be noted that a passing grade is a requirement to pass the clerkship. A grade of 58 or below will produce an Incomplete (I/A) and will require repeating the Shelf examination.

Grade Grievance Procedures

Students who perceive they have received a grade inappropriate for their level of performance in any of the clerkships and experiences administered by the Department of Pediatrics should:

  1. Begin by contacting the Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education, Jocelyn Schiller, M.D. to review the basis for the grade assignment, within one month of the posting of the grade.
  2. If resolution is not reached at the level of the Director, then the student should follow the usual process for Grade Grievances in Component III/IV noted in the Policies for Medical Student Evaluation, Advancement and Graduation.