Clinical Clerkship Information 


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Here is the list of phone numbers and emails for clinical student support. 

How many clinical weeks are needed to graduate?

IMPORTANT NOTE: You can double dip in these required weeks! 

If you do 8 weeks of ACGME accredited elective rotations in the IM related electives you will satisfy 8 weeks of your ACGME requirement AND the entirety of your IM related elective requirement.  

How Do I Schedule an Elective? 

RUSM repopulates the clinical elective scheduling portal system where students can submit requests for clerkships every year in June. Students in semester 10 are given initial priority and then access is given to subsequent semesters every two days, allowing 48 hours for each semester to submit clerkship requests. 

In addition to the portal system; students can schedule rotations directly with affiliated hospitals. An application must be submitted to the hospital and accepted before you complete and submit the request through Ross. You can find a list of affiliated hospitals with Ross here.

Non-Affiliated Clinical Clerkships

How am I graded? 

Clinical core clerkships and elective clerkships are graded differently. Letter grades are assigned at the conclusion of each clerkship. The final grade for a clinical core clerkship is based on the Clinical Clerkship Assessment of Medical Student Performance (CCAMSP), NBME SCE and the online curriculum content and weighted as follows: 

Clinical Core Clerkships: 

Elective Clerkships: 

So what does all this really mean? 

The grade calculation is a weighted average calculation. In a weighted average, each component is given a different weight or importance in the overall score. The individual scores are multiplied by their respective weights and then summed to determine the overall grade. The following is an example of an actual core clerkship grade broken down from 2023: 

Core Clinical Evaluation
This represents 65% of the final grade, which means it's the most important of the three components. Students are evaluated in 10 different areas and assigned a letter grade (A-D) for each area. A standard GPA calculation of the 10 areas is used to calculate your GPA of your evaluation. That GPA is then used in calculation of your finale Grade. 

Example: A student score is 3.90 out of a possible 4.00 points. To determine the contribution of this component to the final grade, we need to take two steps:

Subject Clerkship Exam
This component is weighted 25% of the final grade. The grade scale for this component is slightly different. Your NBME exam is scored as a percentage. This percentage is then graded on a curve, which varies depending on subject, for your RUSM grade. For example, scoring a 70% on an NBME subject clerkship exam will generally correlate to an A for this part of the grading system. 

In our example, the student has scored a 60% on the NBME exam which corresponds to a C, which is considered as 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Online Clinical Curriculum
The Online Clinical Curriculum makes up 10% of the final grade, operating on an "all or nothing" basis 

In our example: 

Final Grade Calculation

To get the total grade, we add up the contributions from each component:

A= 3.51 - 4.00

B+= 3.01 - 3.50

B= 2.51 - 3.00

C+= 2.01 - 2.50

C= 1.51 - 2.00

F= 0.00 - 1.50

So, to break it down simply.... if you get a C on the NBME exam, you cannot get a A for the rotation. It's built into the math to prevent anyone from doing so. However, if you can get a B on the exam, you're almost guaranteed an A for the rotation, as long as your evaluation has gone well. I would say that students "usually" an A or B on their evaluations. 

Click on the link below to download a copy of a grade calculator. 

Grade calculator created by: Keeya Dezfoli