PURPOSE
To describe how the Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) is generated for each graduating medical student.

AUDIENCE
All medical students

LCME STANDARD
11.2 Career Advising
11.4 Provision of MSPE   

POLICY
A medical school provides an MSPE, which is required for a residency application of a medical student, only on or after October 1, of the student's final year of the medical education program.

PROCEDURE

  1. The MSPE (or Dean’s Letter) is the official medical school record for graduating medical students and is generated by the Office of Medical Education. It includes a description of the student, noteworthy characteristics, academic history, description of academic progress (including clinical rotation summaries and grades, completion of dual degrees, and professional performance), certain academic awards, and a summary statement on overall academic performance.
  2. The MSPE also reports all Leaves of Absence, adverse actions, and repetition of course work that extends graduation.
  3. The MSPE may be updated with an addendum to reflect new information about student performance that occurs after the initial release.
  4. The MSPE is generated and compiled by the Student Development Office with oversight from the Associate Dean for Students; it is finalized and signed by the Vice Dean for Education.
  5. Students may request another MSPE writer through a formal request to the Associate Dean for Students.
  6. Students have an opportunity to review their MSPE before it is transmitted to residency programs, to address any errors.

RESPONSIBILITY
Vice Dean for Medical Education

REFERENCES
AAMC Medical Student Performance Evaluation

POLICY OWNER
Vice Dean for Medical Education

REVIEWED BY
Associate Dean of Students
Vice Dean for Medical Education*

REVIEWED DATE and REVIEW CYCLE
February 2021; 3-year cycle