The curriculum for the Pre- Clerkship courses of first two years of MBBS program is an Integrated Modular Curriculum. The basic sciences courses are integrated into various modules and each module is considered equivalent to a course with credits
There is both Continuous Assessment and Comprehensive Examinations for each module. Both components are applied for assessment of theory and practical learning.
Continuous assessment is performed throughout the academic year and the Comprehensive Examination is conducted at the end of the academic year. Combination of the grades achieved by the students in these components gives the final grade that the students achieve at the end of each year. Progression along the module is decided at the end of each academic year.
Continuous assessment contributes 60% and Comprehensive Examination contributes 40% towards the final grades (Both for theory and practical) and these components have to be passed together. In case of failure in comprehensive examination, both theory and practical exams have to be repeated in repeat examination.
Continuous assessment exams are conducted by the basic sciences departments of RAKCOMS.
An average of the grades obtained in these two Continuous Assessment Test will be calculated and this will contribute 30% to the total theory continuous assessment.
Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE)
There will be one OSPE at the end of each module. It will contribute 30% to the total continuous assessment.
TBL will be scheduled at frequent intervals throughout the module.
Each TBL consists of Individual readiness assurance test (I – RAT) and Team readiness assurance test (T- RAT).
Weightage for I – RAT is 70% and T- RAT is 30%, to calculate the final grade achieved by each student for a particular TBL Average of all TBL’s conducted in each module is taken and they will contribute 25% to the total continuous assessment.
One integrated assignment per semester is given and the scores are equally distributed to both modules in the semester. It will contribute 15% to the total continuous assessment
Continuous Assessment marks
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Continuous assessment in clinical skills is of Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and will be conducted one for each semester. There is no comprehensive examination. However, OSCE will be assessed and graded like in any other course but the grade points will not be included in the GPA of the semester and overall CGPA
Assessment in the clinical years (Years 3, 4 and 5) of the MBBS program while retaining the general principles of the assessment system of the University caters to the teaching and clinical rotations which form the basis of learning in these years.
There is both continuous assessment and Comprehensive Examinations. Each of these two components is applied to both theory and clinical.
Continuous assessment occurs throughout the academic year and the Comprehensive Examination is conducted at the end of the academic year. Combination of these components gives the grades the student achieves at the end of the year. Progression along the course is decided at the end of each academic year.
Continuous assessment and Comprehensive Examination will contribute 50% each to the final scores for theory/ clinical separately and these components have to be passed separately. In case of failure in comprehensive exams, only the failed component has to be repeated in repeat examination.
TBL will be scheduled at frequent intervals throughout the courses.
Each TBL consists of Individual readiness assurance test (I – RAT) and Team readiness assurance test (T- RAT). to calculate the final grade achieved by each student for a particular TBL, 70% weightage for I-RAT & 30% weightage for T-RAT is given.
Average of all TBL’s conducted in each course is taken and they will contribute 30% to the total continuous assessment.
Continuous assessment in Clinical Clerkship Rotation will be carried out for each course. Where more than one clinical posting is scheduled under one course, assessment will be an overall one, but one which incorporates elements from each posting. Generally, in each course, assessment will be under the components mentioned below.
Completion of a clinical clerkship is based on satisfactory attendance, performance at Mini CEX and fulfillment of the Log Book, Case Review and Case Presentation requirements. If attendance is less than 90%, the student will not be eligible to appear for end rotation Mini CEX exam and comprehensive OCSE at the end year examination.
He has to undergo the remedial process and complete the remedial examination/any clinical evaluation, if any and appear for repeat I examinations.
Weightage Distribution of Clinical Assessment
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The Comprehensive Examination will be the final examination for the course for the academic year. It will be conducted by the Office of Examinations.
Eligibility for the Comprehensive Examination:
To appear for the Comprehensive Examination a student must have both the following requirements
The Comprehensive Examinations will include a theory component and a clinical component. The theory component will include MCQ while the clinical component will be tested with objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).
The number of question items for theory will be based on the theory credit hours and will follow the same recommendations as for the first two years of the MBBS program
The number of question items for OSCE will be generally proportionate to the clinical credit hours for the course and will be decided by the Dean, RAKCOMS. OSCE for several courses may be conducted simultaneously in one circuit.
A student is expected to score a minimum of GPA 2.00 in each of the components separately in theory and Clinical (OSCE). A student who fails in theory or OSCE will appear for the respective component only for Repeat examination. Continuous assessment and comprehensive exams will have equal contributions (50% of each) towards the overall grading for the course.