Evaluation Methods

Intern evaluations are an integral part of the School of Medical Laboratory Science. In evaluating an intern's performance, we consider the total individual - attitudes, abilities, technical performance, appearance, quantity and quality of work, initiative and professionalism. Instructional and professional objectives are provided to the interns to assist the learning process. Evaluation tools are designed to measure achievement of these objectives. In addition, we evaluate in order to help the intern recognize their strengths and weaknesses and aid in professional development

In the Lecture Component:

  • Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory Performance Point is at 70%
  • Written examinations are given on a periodic basis throughout each lecture sequence
  • In a specific lecture sequence, examination scores are averaged for the Final Grade

Woman in labIn the Clinical Rotation Component, acceptable performance criteria have been established for each clinical laboratory rotation. Criteria are included with each rotation's performance objectives and given to the intern prior to the start of the rotation The different evaluation methods and records are:

  • On-going -  The intern’s theoretical, practical and professional progress is reviewed and evaluated by faculty. Performance progress is discussed with the intern.
  • Final Clinical Rotation Evaluation - Unless otherwise indicated, the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Point is at 70%. This Final Evaluation is a composite of:
    • Theoretical Knowledge - Written examinations are given throughout. A written comprehensive examination may be given at the end of a rotation. Examination scores are averaged to calculate a cumulative written examination grade.
    • Practical Performance - All performance criteria are described in the objectives and specified on the Clinical Rotation Checklist. The intern is observed and evaluated on the specified technical proficiency. Practical examinations, unknowns or projects may be given.
    • Professional Performance - Intern performance is evaluated for professionalism, conduct and adherence to the code of ethics.

Pass-Fail Criteria

The Final Grade for each clinical laboratory discipline is a composite of the clinical rotation and lecture performance. The final grade is determined in the following manner:

  • Final Grade = Lecture Grade (weighted 40%) + Final Clinical Rotation Grade (weighted 60%)

An overall grade point average of 70% or above is required, with a minimum of 70% in each major clinical laboratory discipline (combined clinical rotation and lecture) in order for the School of Medical Laboratory Science to award a certificate of successful completion. Appeals for change of grade are handled initially with specific clinical rotation or lecture faculty and the intern requesting the grade review. If arbitration is necessary, the program director will intervene. An intern has recourse to the Intern Appeal Process (detailed in the Intern Manual).

For 3 + 1 interns, unless otherwise specified, Incomplete grades are submitted to the affiliated university at the end of each semester. Upon graduation from the Clinical Program, Final Grades are submitted and the university awards the appropriate credit and the baccalaureate degree.