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Administrative Policy: Academic

COM – Remediation Policy

Policy Number: 3349-AC-430
Effective Date: 07/27/2020
Updated: 6/29/2021
Responsible Department: Office of the Dean, COM
Approval Authority: Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Responsible Office: Office of the Dean, COM

A. Purpose

The Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine (COM) recognizes that the curriculum required to successfully navigate medical school is very challenging. The COM and its faculty are dedicated to supporting student-physicians’ progress through the curriculum. To this end, a process for early recognition of a need for support and opportunities for course remediation has been developed for the courses listed.

B. Scope

This policy pertains to the following M1 and M2 courses during the academic year: Population Health; Human Architecture and Composition (HAC); Cardiovascular Pulmonary and Renal Systems (CPR); Gastrointestinal, Reproductive and Endocrine Systems (GRE); Neurobiology; Flora, Pathogens and Defense (FPD); Integrated Case Exercise (ICE); Foundations of Disease and Treatment (FDT); and Diagnosis and Treatment (DT) I and II. Courses that are not eligible for remediation through this policy are Introduction to Clinical Skills (ICS) and Patient, Physician and Community I-V.

C. Definitions

  1. CAPP: Committee on Academic Progress and Promotion
  2. Course Leaders: The appointed faculty members who are responsible for the overall design, conduct, student assessment within and evaluation of a credit-bearing courses. Course Leaders include Module Dyad Leader(s) (MDL), and Course Director(s) (CD).
  3. Final Course Score: Overall total score that includes weighted scores from engaged learning activities, one or two institutionally developed exam(s) with multiple choice questions, and a customized NBME assessment.

D. Policy Statement

    1. The College of Medicine Office of Medical Education will provide weekly cumulative scores from engaged learning activities to the Course Leader(s) and appropriate other stakeholders (Learning Center, etc.).
      1. A student achieving a score that is less than 65% or more than one standard deviation below the class mean, will be contacted by the Course Leader(s) to discuss options for improvement.
        1. Students with consistent scores below the parameters mentioned above are required to have a mandatory meeting with the Course Leader(s) who will refer the student to the Learning Center and/or others as needed.
    2. Students with a Final Course Score less than 70% must take a remediation exam.
      1. All students required to remediate will meet with the Course Leader(s) and mutually determine a time for the remediation exam according to the schedule in Attachment 1 below.
        1. Course Leader(s) as part of the remediation contract may require consultation with the Learning Center.
      2. Successful remediation (passing the remediation exam) will appear on a transcript as a course Failure and subsequent course Pass.
      3. M1 students may take remediation exams in two (2) courses and without CAPP referral; failing three (3) courses will trigger a CAPP referral.
      4. M2 students may take remediation exams in one (1) course without CAPP referral; failing two (2) courses will trigger a CAPP referral.
      5. Students who do not receive a passing score on the remediation exam will be referred to CAPP. Among the possible outcomes of the CAPP meeting (specified in the NEOMED Compass), CAPP may grant an opportunity for a final remediation exam attempt at the end of the academic year.

      3. Transcript grades, even with successful remediation, will list both the failure (F) grade as well as the pass grade (P).


Lisa Noland
Administrative Specialist
Phone: 330.325.6354
Email: lnoland@neomed.edu

Office of General Counsel

Northeast Ohio Medical University