Graduation Competency Examination

The following information applies to the students in the Class of 2015.

 

The Graduation Competency Examination (GCE) is a comprehensive assessment of several of the key graduation competencies, including data gathering and interpretation, communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism, and procedural skills.  The exam is scheduled at the end of the M3 year, and is a graduation requirement. 

The Graduation Competency Examination consists of two parts scheduled as TWO separate half-day exams and includes the following portions:

 

1)   Standardized Patient Encounters

2)   Procedural Skills

Individual exam dates will be assigned by UGME based on clerkship track, and a link to the on-line schedule will be sent to students via e-mail.  Open Lab Practice sessions will  be assigned based on exam date and the availability of the Graham Clinical Performance Center. 

PREPARATION

Information about preparing for the exam in the document entitled "Preparing for the Graduation Competency Examination". For full preparation information, please go to the Graham Clinical Performance Center web site at http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/grahamcpc/for_learners/u_g_m_e/graduation_competency_exam/


TENTATIVE DATES for the Class of 2015: 

May 7 - June 6, 2014

Students are required to sit for this exam at the end of the M3 year if planning to graduate in May, 2015There are only two reasons for making a request to opt out of taking this exam during the designated testing period: 

 

1)    you will have completed less than 5 of the 6 core clerkships because you are off-cycle by the time you are scheduled to sit for the Graduation Competency Exam.  (Students are responsible for contacting Julie Mann in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education if they are not intending to take the exams during the designated time period.)
2)    you will have RECEIVED PRIOR APPROVAL from the Assistant Dean for Curriculum to take the exam at a later date due to your unique circumstances. (Students are responsible for contacting Julie Mann in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education if they are seeking approval to change exam date.)

There will be a select number of exam slots in October reserved for students who haven’t completed their clerkships or were approved for rescheduling due to their personal circumstances.  Students who have: 1) not received approval, 2) fail to contact Julie Mann to request a date change, and/or 3) miss their scheduled exam date will be subject to the $1200 exam re-mounting fee to cover the cost of hiring personnel for an additional exam date. Those students will also be subject to the consequences listed in the Policy section below.  

Scheduling issues should be directed to Julie Mann in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education. Change requests should be made as early as possible, but at least 24 hours in advance to allow for changes to student rosters for video recording and computerized testing in the Graham Clinical Performance Center.


ATTIRE:

Students are required to dress appropriately in order to sit for this exam, or they will be asked to reschedule.

 

Professional dress and a clean white coat is the appropriate attire for the Standardized Patient Encounters portion of the Graduation Competency Exam.

 

Clean two-piece scrubs is the appropriate attire for the Procedural Skills portion of the Graduation Competency Exam.  (The medical student white coat is only required for the Standardized Patient portion.)


POLICY:

Students who do not appear for the exam as scheduled during the designated time period:

1)    will receive a score of 0% and will be required to sit for the exam at a later date, to be determined. 
2)    will be charged for the second mounting of the exam at a cost which is estimated at $1200 per exam in order to meet this graduation requirement.  (This charge covers the cost of personnel to mount the exam for an additional date.)
3)    cannot be assured of an on-time graduation if this requirement has not been met within the dates made available by the Clinical Performance Center staff.

Due to their nature, these exams are tightly scheduled.  Students must appear ON TIME.   Students who arrive more than 10 minutes past the scheduled start time will be turned away and subject to the consequences listed above. 

Students may petition the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education for an excused absence or explanation for the tardiness.  Valid reasons that have been excused will have the $1200 exam re-mounting fee waived.


EXAM FAILURE & REMEDIATION:

Students will not be allowed to graduate without passing both parts of this examination.  

Students not meeting the pass level for the Standardized Patient Encounters portion of the exam are required to remediate with a faculty preceptor.  This remediation typically includes a face-to-face review of the video-taped GCE encounters with the student, with preceptor feedback and suggestions for improvement. The assignment of the remediation preceptor is made by the UGME Office.  Each student is responsible for scheduling the remediation directly with the preceptor, and remediation must be completed by October 1, 2014 in order to meet the graduation requirement for satisfactory completion of the GCE. The GCE requires 100% patient safety pass level on all procedural skills. Students who need to remediate more than three procedural skills will be required to attend a remediation session scheduled during their Transition course in order to meet the requirements of the GCE.

Students who fail the exam are required to contact Julie Mann in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education for full remediation instructions.

Students who do not complete the remediation process cannot be assured of an on-time graduation. 

PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES:

Each student will be scheduled to attend one OPEN SKILLS PRACTICE SESSION for the procedural skills portion of the GCE exam.  Open lab practice sessions are 2 hours long and date assignment is based on exam date and of the Graham Clinical Performance Center availability.  As a reminder, the pass level for the procedural skills portion of the exam is 100% on each of the 12 skills assessed. Please take advantage of your assigned practice time to avoid any additional remediation.

Clerkship Directors have been notified that students need to be released for their scheduled practice time, but may request that students return to the hospital site following this session.  

Links:
Undergraduate Medical Education Home
Graham Clinical Performance Center

April 4, 2014