General inquiries about the Summer Remedial Program should be directed to:
Margaret E. Bauer, Ph.D.
Director of Foundational Science Integration, Phase 1 Curriculum
Medical Knowledge Competency Director
Medical Student Education
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Indiana University School of Medicine
635 Barnhill Drive, Room MS-420
Indianapolis, IN 46202
What is the Remedial Program
If a student from the IU School of Medicine (IUSM) fails a single course in the first or second year of medical school, he or she has the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the subject by passing a comprehensive written examination or other suitable assessment. In so doing, the course failure is converted to a pass and the student is allowed to progress into the next academic year. The student’s transcript records an “F/P” for the course. The Grade Policy for Phase 1 Courses provides more information about grading and isolated deficiencies
The remedial program is essentially an independent study program in which IUSM students are responsible for asking the appropriate course director/ site leader for guidance in developing an appropriate course of self-study. Although students usually approach their own site leader for help, they may solicit assistance from any appropriate faculty member at the nine IUSM campuses.
What is the rationale behind the remedial program?
The student has already had a full progression of instruction in the course, but has not mastered the course content sufficiently to meet minimum standards. It is assumed that the student does not need to repeat the formal educational experiences (e.g., lectures, labs, etc.), but instead needs a period of focused study and review to increase his or her academic performance to acceptable levels.
What courses are remediated in the program?
With the exception of Foundations of Clinical Practice (FCP) 1 and 2, all of the first-year and second-year courses can be remediated with a comprehensive written exam. FCP 1 and 2 remediations are outlined below.
FCP1 and 2 remediation:
Students who fail either course due to failing the Summative Spring OSCE will complete a bridge program designed to help the student achieve proficiency in clinical skills. The student will have an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency by taking another OSCE. Students who fail either course for reasons other than failing the OSCE will required to complete an appropriate assessment. Successful remediation will result in an F/P on the transcript.
What happens if a student fails the remedial program?
The consequences of failing a remedial are severe. A student who fails a remediation will be referred to the Student Promotions Committee for review. The Committee will most likely require that the student repeat the academic year in its entirety, including those courses already passed. Depending on circumstances, the Committee may recommend dismissal from medical school.
What is the student’s responsibility in the remedial program?
Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the statewide course director or site leader for help in preparing an effective course of self-study. Whereas some students need little guidance, others require more direction. If a student desires assistance from the course director/site leader, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the appropriate course director/site leader and request help. In most cases, the first contact should be with the student’s campus site leader, who already knows the student and can assess areas of strength and weakness. If the site leader is unavailable, or the student wishes to seek help from someone else, the student should contact the relevant statewide course director, Phase 1 deans or medical knowledge competency director, as appropriate, and request assistance in finding a suitable faculty member. Once the faculty member has agreed to help, the student should work with the faculty member to devise a mutually-agreeable study plan.
What is the faculty’s responsibility in the remedial program?
If a student approaches a course director or site leader, he or she should offer whatever help is deemed appropriate. The level of help is at the discretion of the course director or site leader. The course director or site leader may offer advice on study materials and suggestions for test preparation and/or may prefer a more active role, including meeting with the student. If the course director or site leader is unable to offer assistance, he or she should direct the student to the relevant course management team member or course faculty, as appropriate.
What unit administers the remedial program?
The Office of Medical Student Education (MSE) administers the remedial program. Students are not charged tuition nor are they charged the cost of the NBME exam if one is required. The remedial exams for all courses are administered on the same day in the Medical Science Building on the Indianapolis campus, unless special permission for another testing day or location has been granted.
Students are informed of the exact day and time by the Medical Knowledge Competency Director. Once MSE receives the scores for the remedial exams (whether NBME or faculty written), the students and/or responsible faculty are alerted via e-mail and told whether or not the student passed according to the criterion set by the course management team. If the student passes, the course site leader or statewide course director changes the grade that indicates a “pass” for the course remediation. This is indicated on the student’s official transcript as an ‘F/P’ for the course, indicating that the student failed the course and then passed the remediation. If the student fails the exam, the assistant dean of academic records and promotion is informed and will take further action.