MED7730 Physician Competencies III Assessment Plan

MED 7730 Physician Competencies III
Phase 3, Class of 2026

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 7730 Physician Competencies III.

MED 7730 Physician Competencies III continues to develop student competencies in the non-medical expert physician roles of scholar, communicator, collaborator, advocate, leader and professional in the context of the patient, family and physician within health care systems.


To pass the course, a learner must:   

  • Pass both of the course Blocks,
  • Achieve an average mark of ≥ 70% across both course Blocks,
  • Complete and submit all course assignments and assessments by the due date,
  • 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 or missed mandatory sessions without proper deferral process, lapses in professionalism, recurrent reassessment exams.
  • As outlined in Section 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. Assessment descriptions and rubrics are available on Brightspace.
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. Learners will receive formal formative feedback from component assignments as well as peer assessments of professional behaviours. Learners are expected to review and learn from their performance on the assessments that occur throughout the course.

Peer assessments of professional behaviours: All learners are required to participate in one iteration of peer assessment of professional behaviours during Phase 3. You will be asked to assess the learners in your clinical skills plus HELM groups, based on your observation of their professional behaviour during the clinical skills and HELM sessions. Peer assessment forms will be completed on One45 and a copy of the form is available on Brightspace (D2L) for your reference. Learners will each receive a summary report of their feedback collated by the UGME office. The cut-off date for the completion of forms is April 26, 2023. The peer assessment of professional behaviours is formative only; there is no summative assignment associated with it in Phase 3.

Summative Assessments are divided into two blocks: (a) Physician Competencies Sessions Block, and (b) the Research Curriculum Block. Within these blocks there are a number of components, each with its own summative assessments. 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 for each block towards the final course grade is as follows:

Physician Competencies Sessions Block


Research Curriculum Block




The pass mark for each individual summative assessment is ≥ 70%.  The pass mark for each of the two blocks is 70% of the total marks assigned to that block.  The final grade and average will be compiled at the end of the Phase.

(a) The Physician Competencies Sessions Block consists of the following components:


Summative assessment method


Due date

Contribution to final grade


Analytical essay

800-1500 words

February 9, 2024


Health Ethics and Law in Medicine

8 group assignments (one for each topic)

300 words

1) Resource Allocation

due September 28, 2023 


2) Ethical Issues in Psychiatry

due October 11, 2023

3) Reproductive Ethics 1 and 2

due November 23, 2023

4) Ethical Issues in Pediatrics

due November 30, 2023

5) Ethical Issues in Genetics

due January 12, 2024

6) Ethical Issues in Geriatrics

due January 25, 2024

7) Ethics End of Life (Withdrawing/Withholding) due April 22, 2024

8) Ethics and End of Life (MAID) due May 3, 2024


Conflict Management:





  • Content Quiz


October 6, 2023

  • Team case study presentation


October 20, 2023

  • Team 360 Assessment


November 3, 2023

  • Reflection assignment

500-750 words

November 17, 2023

Collaborative Mental Health Module:



  • Content Quiz


December 1, 2023

Addressing Team Failures:



  • Content quiz


February 16, 2024

  • Team Care Plan assignment

500-750 words

February 13, 2024

HIV Care IPE Module:



  • Content quiz


March 22, 2024

Patient Safety

Case study assignment

1500-2000 words

January 12, 2024  


Lifelong Learning

2 Written assignments

600-1000 words each

  • Assignment 1 (covering ILS 1 and 2) due December 4, 2023


  • Assignment 2 (covering (ILS 3-5) due

March 20, 2024

LIM: Media Relations, Communications and Social Media 

Written assignment

500 words

October 3, 2023


LIM: Structures and Organization of the Healthcare System

Written assignment

500 words

March 8, 2024







(b) The Research Curriculum Block consists of the following components:


Summative assessment method


Due date

Contribution to final grade

Research Curriculum Data Collection and Analysis Report

Research Registration


September 15, 2023


Research Progress Update


December 8, 2023

Report on data collection and analysis to supervisor and Brightspace (D2L) for marking


 June 10, 2024

Supervisor submits grade for data collection and analysis report to UGME


 June 17, 2024

Research Curriculum Research Day

Oral Poster Presentation


 June 11, 2024




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


All Integrated Learning Sessions

As scheduled in Brightspace.

All Health Ethics and Law in Medicine Sessions

All Interprofessional Education (IPE) Sessions

Adverse Events

Communication and Information Sharing

Informed Decision Making and High Risk Situations

Patient Safety and the Health System


  • Reassessment will be required if a learner achieves <70% on any summative assessment.
  • Learners will be required to re-submit the assessment for the component they have failed addressing the inadequacies that have been identified.
  • Assignments for reassessment must be submitted within two weeks after the learner is notified by the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) office. In circumstances where a learner has multiple reassessments due in the same two-week time frame, an extension of the deadline date can be made at the discretion of the Phase Lead.
  • A learner may be reassessed for any failed assessment only once.
  • The maximum mark for a reassessment is 70%.
  • Learners 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.


If a learner is prevented from completing an assignment by the listed due date, they must follow the procedure outlined in the Undergraduate Medical Education Deferred Examination Policy and request a deferral of the assessment. Where possible, learners must make their request prior to the listed due date of the assignment. If a learner fails to submit a deferral request, any assignment submitted up to two days after the listed due date is considered late and the maximum mark the assignment can receive is 70%. Assignments which are submitted more than two days after the listed due date without a submitted deferral request, will not be accepted for grading unless extenuating circumstances exist and at the discretion of the Phase Lead. Learners are encouraged to seek support from the Learner Well-being Consultants, especially if circumstances arise which may impact a learner’s ability to complete assignments on time.

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