It is the policy of the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix (COM-P) that the grade in a clerkship/selective is based on the student’s overall performance in the educational program objectives (EPOs) during that clerkship/selective.


  1. The final grade will be determined based on a composite score derived from the clerkship/selective required components and detailed in clerkship/selective syllabus.
  2. Clerkship/selective directors will report final grades within six weeks of the end of the clerkship/selective according to the Final Grades Reporting Timeline Policy.
  3. The grade will be divided into four categories: Honors, High Pass, Pass or Fail.
  4. The clerkship/selective director is responsible for final determination of each student’s final grade.
  5. An Incomplete will be awarded:
    1. If the student is at a site with only one evaluator and the evaluation has not yet been received.
    2. Students have passed the examination, but have not completed their required activities.
    3. Student has passed clinically, but has failed the initial examination attempt and has not yet completed the retake.
    4. Students begin but are unable to complete clerkship/selective requirements as stipulated in the syllabus if and only if the student has a legitimate (for example medical/personal) reason for not completing requirements. Such a legitimate reason must be corroborated by communication from the dean, student affairs/or designee in conjunction with the dean, clinical curriculum/or designee and appropriate relevant offices, e.g. campus health or the disability resource center.
      1. If the student has successfully completed a minimum of two weeks* of the required clerkship/selective, the student will not be required to restart the clerkship/selective.
      2. If a student has not completed a minimum of two weeks* of the required clerkship/selective, the student may still be eligible for an incomplete on their transcript in the setting of an approved reason for an unplanned departure from the curriculum (see above).
      3. In the event a student receives an Incomplete grade in a clerkship/selective, the clerkship/selective director will delineate, at their own discretion, in writing via the final grade form in the curricular management system, the steps and timeline to successfully complete all required course elements. A plan for completion of the clerkship/selective examination may not involve a direct week-by-week completion, as clinical sites may have additional requirements or stipulations about length of time on service.  Students contemplating a clinical incomplete in a clerkship/selective should discuss these considerations with the appropriate stakeholders, if possible, to best understand what the required clinical schedule will look like.   
      4. Successful completion of all required elements by the date stipulated will result in a grade change from Incomplete to Grade Earned (H/HP/P/F). Failure to complete all required elements by the time stipulated will result in a grade change from Incomplete to Fail.
    5. A grade of Incomplete automatically reverts to a Fail on the transcript after one calendar year if the clerkship/selective has not been completed.
      1. If an approved leave of absence is the reason the Incomplete is not completed within one calendar year, a student will receive a “W” (Withdraw) on their transcript and will be required to restart the clerkship/selective.
    6. Withdrawing from a clerkship/selective: In the event that a student begins but then withdraws from a clerkship/selective without the coordinated approval by the dean, student affairs/or designee and the dean, clinical curriculum/or designee, the student’s transcript will reflect a “W” regardless of the amount of time spent on the rotation.
  6. All incomplete year 3 clerkship grades and failures must be resolved before engaging in any year 4 patient care electives, selectives or clerkships.
    *Two weeks: In order to receive credit for two week’s effort on the clerkship, the student must complete the expected requirements as determined by the clerkship director and site director for that particular clerkship. A clinical work week is defined as up to 6 days on service with one day off therefore, in order to be eligible for an incomplete, the student should have successfully completed ten to twelve days in the clinical setting, as determined by clerkship/selective director. 
  7. Per the Examination Retake for Course, Clerkship, and Year 4 Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), a student failing the initial NBME shelf examination is permitted a one-time retake examination. The student will work with the Office of Assessment and Evaluation (OAE) and the dean, clinical curriculum/or designee to schedule a retake exam at a time that is not in conflict with other curricular requirements. 
  8. Posting a grade replacing the Incomplete will take place within two weeks after receipt of the following: 
    1. Evaluation from the clerkship/selective site.
    2. Completion of the required activities.
    3. Receipt of a score on the retake of the shelf examination.
  9. A student who posts two Incomplete grades in year 3 or 4 must finish the Incomplete units before beginning a new clerkship/selective. Exceptions may be considered by the dean,  student affairs/or designee and dean, clinical curriculum/or designee. 
  10. A student who retakes an examination because of failing on the first attempt is not eligible for a final clerkship/selective grade of Honors or High Pass. 
  11. Failure of clerkship/selective/longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) term/selective.  See clerkship/LIC/selective syllabus for details of failure.  
  12. If a student fails the clerkship/LIC term/selective, the student will be required to repeat the clerkship/LIC term/selective. This means that the student must complete all components and requirements for the clerkship/LIC term/selective (i.e. completion of examination and of clinical requirements) Failure of the same clerkship/selective is grounds for dismissal as per the Dismissal and Removal from Academic Environment Policy. Failure of one LIC term will be considered a single failed clerkship regardless of the number of specialty clerkships assigned to that term.
  13. Each student will be rated on the individual EPOs within the six behavioral competency domains. Criteria for assigning a level 1 are outlined in the clerkship/selective syllabus. See Competency Assessment Policy and Level 1 Competency Appeal Policy.
  14. In-person formative feedback with written documentation is required during all clerkships. Formative feedback is required in all selectives if the student is at risk of not meeting expectations in one or more of the EPOs.
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