Frequently Asked Questions

How do I interpret the mastery exercise feedback report to support me in my learning?

The report you receive provides a breakdown by type of question and the specific learning objective assessed in the mastery exercise. You can use the report to determine how you did on certain types of questions (e.g. remembering, understanding, applying or evaluating) and which learning objectives you should revisit to ensure that you understand the material well enough. Each code corresponds to a learning objective which you can find in Elentra.

How do I know that the assessment has been submitted properly?

There will be a confirmation screen on the students’ device congratulating them on successfully uploading their assessment. Ensure you see this green screen before exiting if completing a weekly feedback quiz or for invigilated assessments, show your invigilator your green screen; otherwise your assessment may not be uploaded correctly. See below:

How is the passing mark of mastery exercises determined for Foundations Curriculum courses? Why are they different for the different courses in the Foundations Curriculum?

Currently, the MD program uses a standard setting method by which to evaluate cumulative mastery exercise scores every year and adjust for prospective standard setting. This involves analyzing item performance against student ability as predicted by Rasch modellingand adjusting the cut-point based on the precision of measurement.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the passing marks for mastery exercises of each Foundations Curriculum courses are listed below:

ITM - 74

CPC 1 - 72

CPC 2 - 72

CPC 3 - 70

Life Cycle - 74

Complexity and Chronicity - 75

If I achieve partial credit for a course but then full credit after reassessment, does the partial credit show up on my transcript for CaRMS or do residency programs have access to it?

No. Final transcripts will only display Credit/No Credit (CR/NC).      

If I fail an assessment, does it show up on my transcript for CaRMS or will CaRMS and resident programs have access to it?

No. Individual assessment component marks will never appear on transcripts or other documentation provided by the MD Program to authorized external individuals or organizations.

If I fail my anatomy bellringer in ITM, does that mean I fail all of ITM since there is only one bellringer?

If a Foundations Curriculum student fails any aspect of their assessment they should set up a meeting with their course director to review their performance on the assessment and determine next steps. Please review the Course Requirement document on Elentra.

At the end of each course, the student’s academic assessment data is reviewed by the Student Progress Committee, which makes recommendations to the Board of Examiners, who determine if the student has successfully completed the course “Satisfactory Progress” or has shown “Partial” or “Unsatisfactory Progress”.

To successfully complete each course, and attain a standing of “Satisfactory Progress” the student must: satisfactorily complete all marked assessments within the course; perform satisfactorily on any non-marked learning activities; and achieve satisfactory professionalism competency in every component. The Director of Foundations will contact the students who have not satisfactorily completed the anatomy assessment at the end of the course.

INTERVIEWS AND OFFERS: How does the waitlist work?

When a space in the class becomes available, we contact the next person on the waitlist with an offer of admission. We will make repeated attempts to contact applicants from the waitlist who are being offered admission - we do not skip your name simply because we got your voicemail. Since we cannot predict how many additional offers may be necessary, or when they may be needed, we maintain a portion of the waitlist until the beginning of classes. Final notification to these candidates will be sent in September.

INTERVIEWS AND OFFERS: I have already heard from other Ontario medical schools regarding interviews. What takes U of T so long?

Medical schools have different assessment procedures. At U of T, the interview is the final stage of the admissions process. Applications are reviewed in detail prior to ranking for interview. Due to the volume of applications, the process of careful review and scheduling means you may hear from us later than from other schools.

INTERVIEWS AND OFFERS: What if I can’t come on the interview date you offer?

Attendance at an interview is mandatory. We will make a reasonable effort to accommodate students who must travel a long distance, who have conflicting interviews or compelling personal circumstances. Due to the limited availability of interview times, such accommodation is not always possible.

INTERVIEWS AND OFFERS: What if my interview invitation gets lost?

Invitations are sent by e-mail to the address you provide in your OMSAS application. All applicants who are offered an interview must reply by a given date. If you are invited for interview and we do not hear from you, we will try to contact you by telephone and/or e-mail. Failure to respond to the invitation may result in the cancellation of your application. Please ensure that you keep your contact information up-to-date with OMSAS. We receive these updates on a regular basis.

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