Assessment and Grading

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai supports an atmosphere of reflective practice and a culture of quality and self-improvement to promote our rigorous standards of excellence. We use a broad range of learner assessment tools to provide meaningful formative and summative information throughout the curriculum, as well as to provide evidence that students have met program competencies.

Written and computer-based examinations, oral examinations, demonstration of skills, standardized patient feedback, and clinical evaluations are included so that decisions about competence can be made in an evidence-based manner. The administrative and advising teams within Student Affairs provide support for an early warning approach to students who are having difficulties. These teams assure appropriate responses to assessment data and can offer resources such as tutoring, faculty guidance, and remedial programs when necessary.

To learn more about grading in Years 1 and 2 as compared to Years 3 and 4, please refer to the Student Handbook