MED 5710 Patient I Assessment Plan

MED 5710 Patient I
Phase 1, Class of 2027
Fall 2023

Assessment Plan
The assessment plan sets out the principles and key elements used to assess the learner’s performance in an accurate, consistent, and objective manner for MED 5710 Patient I.

MED 5710 Patient I introduces learners to themes integrating physician competencies and clinical skills with basic and clinical sciences as they relate to common clinical encounters and patient symptoms. Students will begin to examine their future roles as professionals in our health care system.

To pass the course, a learner must:    

  • Pass at least three of the four written examinations,
  • Achieve an average mark of  ≥70 based on the weighted final marks across the four examinations and Anatomy Portfolio,
  • Complete and submit all assessments by their due date, and
  • Attend all sessions designated as mandatory and complete any associated activities.

Exam and assignment deferrals will only be approved by the Phase Lead under exceptional circumstances, see Exam Deferral Policy.

Promotion regulations:

  • Even if a learner has passed all examinations and assignments, a learner may be required to repeat the Phase or withdraw conditionally or unconditionally from the program (see section 5.3 in the University calendar) if there are significant concerns about a learner’s performance (as communicated to the learner by the Phase Lead). Examples may include, but are not limited to, late assignments and missed mandatory sessions without proper deferral process, lapses in professionalism, recurrent reassessment exams.
  • As outlined in Section 10.5.2 of the Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine in the University calendar, learners with a Fail grade in any course cannot be promoted to the next Phase.
  • As outlined in the MD program objectives, the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University values professionalism as a core competency and a requirement of the MD program. Recognizing that medical learners are developing their professional identity, professionalism lapses will be remediated where possible and appropriate. Unsuccessful remediation will result in failure of the Phase. Professionalism lapses may render a learner incompatible with continuation in the MD program (as outlined in the Memorial University Calendar Regulation 10.5 Promotion).

Learners will be assessed with both formative and summative assessment methods throughout the course. Learners will receive their grades from the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) office via One45.

Original work, completed wholly by the learner, is expected to be submitted in this course. The use of an artificial intelligence tool like chatGPT is not permitted.

Formative assessments do not count towards the final grade and are intended to help learners monitor their learning.  Formative assessment will consist of weekly online quizzes, practice timed lab exam stations with formative short answer questions, self-assessment and verbal feedback from instructors. Learners are also expected to review and learn from their performance on the summative assessments that occur throughout the course. The process for review of summative examinations is detailed in Section H.2 of the Summative Assessment Procedure for Phases 1-3.

Summative assessments include four on-line written multiple-choice question (MCQ) examinations, following each of the four themes and the Anatomy Portfolio. Each of these summative assessments is graded and contributes to the final summative mark that the learner will receive for the course.

The course includes mandatory learning sessions, listed in the respective section below. Learners must participate in these sessions and complete any associated exercises. As outlined in the Protected Time and Duty Hours Policy, learners may request leave if they are unable to attend a mandatory learning session.

The contribution of marks from each summative assessment towards the final course grade is as follows:

Examination 1: Introductions and Foundations


Examination 2: Blood Flow and Oxygenation I


Examination 3: Blood Flow and Oxygenation II


Examination 4: Host Defence and Immune Mediated Disorders


Anatomy Portfolio




The final grade and overall course mark will be compiled at the end of the Phase. If the Burr method is used to determine the pass mark for a summative examination, the percent-correct score for each learner will be converted to a scaled score. For the scaled score, the pass mark as determined by the Burr method is set to 70 and percent-correct scores are converted using linear transformation. Scaled scores will then be used to calculate the overall course mark.

(a) Summative written examinations occur on the dates listed below. Learners may refer to the schedule on Brightspace regarding the instructional hours in each theme.



Exam date

Reassessment date

Examination 1: Foundations


September 29, 2023

October 12, 2023

Examination 2: Blood Flow and Oxygenation I


October 23, 2023

November 2, 2023

Examination 3: Blood Flow and Oxygenation II


November 20, 2023

November 30, 2023

Examination 4: Host Defence and Immune Mediated Disorders


December 12, 2023

January 5, 2024

Note: Learners who are required to reassess for examination 4 must be available on January 5, 2024 for the reassessment examination. If not available on this date, learners must apply for a deferral to write the reassessment at a later date

Learners achieving a percent-correct score of 70% or higher on a written summative examination will receive a pass. If one or more learners achieve a percent-correct score of less than 70% on a summative written examination, the pass mark for the examination will be determined using the Burr method1. Using this approach, the upper limit of the pass mark is set to the median percent-correct score of the class minus 10%, or 70%, whichever is lower. The pass mark is identified by applying this upper limit to the cumulative frequency curve of the achieved percent-correct scores of the class.

(b) Anatomy Portfolio

An Anatomy portfolio will be used to assess learners for the Anatomy lab sessions (Thorax Labs 1 & 2, Abdomen Labs 1 & 2). The portfolio consists of a practical exam:

  • Practical Exam. Learners will complete a timed ‘bell-ringer’ style station-based exam to assess the learning objectives of the Thorax and Abdomen lab sessions. Learners will answer short answer questions to identify anatomical structures at each station, utilizing various anatomical specimens (e.g., wet and plastinated specimens, bones, cadaveric structures). The pass mark for the practical exam will be determined using the standard setting method as outlined above.

Date for practical exam: November 3, 2023.
Reassessment date: November 16, 2023.

Mandatory Learning Sessions

Mandatory learning sessions are defined as sessions that require learners to attend in order to achieve the learning objectives. Sessions are designated mandatory if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Provide an introduction or overview of learner expectations for the MD program, phase or course;
  • Involve application of clinical decision-making skills such as tutorials, case-based learning and laboratories; 
  • Include an assessment component;
  • Involve interactivity such as integrated learning sessions, interprofessional education sessions, guest speakers or patient volunteers; and/or
  • Provide support and/or counseling to promote learner well-being and success.

Mandatory learning session


Abdomen Lab 1

As scheduled in Brightspace.

Abdomen Lab 2

Case Study 1: Diagnostic Enzymology

Case Study 2: Glycogen Storage Defect

Case Study 3: Abnormal Lipids

Case Study 4: Compromised Urea Cycle

Case Study 5: Energy Utilization During Exercise

Case Study 6: Metabolic Derangements in Diabetes

Hypersensitivity Reactions Case Studies Tutorial

Immune Cell Markers, Flow Cytometry and Blood Typing

Introduction to Anatomy

Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound

Physiology of the Cardiac Cycle Lab

Physiology of Blood Pressure Lab

Tetanus Immunity Tutorial

Thorax Lab 2

Thorax Lab 1


  • Reassessment will be required if a learner achieves a mark <70% or, if applicable, less than the pass mark on any one of the four written summative examinations, Anatomy practical exam or other summative assessment.
  • For the theme examinations, learners will write a reassessment MCQ examination.
  • For the Anatomy Portfolio, learners will complete a reassessment of the relevant component (practical exam or presentation).
  • Learners with recurrent reassessments or who fail a reassessment will be required to meet with the Phase Lead or a delegate, and the Learner Well-being Consultant if the learner so wishes, to support the learner’s academic needs.
  • Learners who achieve less than 70% on one or more summative examinations will be notified and provided with academic success resources. The learner may meet with the Phase Lead or a delegate, and the Learner Well-being Consultant if the learner so wishes, to further support the learner’s academic needs.
  • A learner may be reassessed for any failed assessment only once.
  • The maximum mark for a reassessment is 70% or, if applicable, the Burr pass mark in the case of the written summative examinations.


Learners may defer examinations or other summative assessments with prior approval from the Phase Lead through the deferred examination and assessment procedure. Section D.1 of the Summative Assessment Procedure for Phases 1-3 states “Learners seeking to defer a summative MCQ examination or other assessment must follow the Undergraduate Medical Education Deferred Examination Policy.”

1Burr, S.A., Whittle, J., Fairclough, L.C. et al. Modifying Hofstee standard setting for assessments that vary in difficulty, and to determine boundaries for different levels of achievement. BMC Med Educ 16, 34 (2016).


Version: June 13, 2023
Reviewed by SAS: May 24, 2023
Approved by UGMS: June 21, 2023