Providing a supportive environment in which to succeed
Assessment and feedback are essential elements of the undergraduate experience at Hull York Medical School.
Throughout the programme, you will receive feedback on your day-to-day activities, including your academic achievements and performance in clinical practice. Feedback is provided formally and informally, and is delivered verbally and electronically, through an Electronic Record of Achievement. In addition to feedback from tutors, you will also receive feedback from your peers, and the simulated and real patients you meet during your studies.
Our assessments are designed to ensure that you have developed the knowledge and skills needed to graduate as a doctor.
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment and feedback is intended mainly for your own benefit. Regular feedback will help you see for yourself how you're getting on, where you're doing well, and where you need to increase your efforts. This can be formal or informal, but it never 'counts' towards your final qualification.
Summative assessment takes place at the end of each academic year. These exams assess your progress to make sure you are achieving at an appropriate level to continue the course, and ultimately to determine your final qualification.
Direct feedback is particularly important in clinical practice. Throughout the course, we will observe your interactions with patients and surrogates, then provide you with immediate feedback and correction where necessary.
Phase I assessment and feedback
- Verbal feedback, both as a group and individually, on the functioning of your problem-based learning group
- Weekly verbal feedback from clinical skills tutors
- Weekly verbal feedback from clinical placement tutors
- Detailed written feedback every year from clinical skills tutors, plus a verbal discussion
- An individual written review every six months with clinical placement tutors, plus a verbal discussion
- An individual written review every six months with your problem-based learning facilitator, plus a verbal discussion
- Formative question papers at the end of each topic – we'll give you answers and explanatory comments for all questions a week later
- Formative exams every six months – we'll give you answers and explanatory comments for all questions immediately after the exam
Phase II and III assessment and feedback
- Verbal feedback in small groups three times a week
- Online formative question papers at the end of each topic – we'll give you answers and explanatory comments for all questions as soon as you've finished the exam
- Clinical examinations at the end of each topic using the same framework as in the summative exams
- Written feedback on developing clinical skills and professional behaviour, plus a one-to-one verbal discussion
Ranking for foundation applications
When Year 5 students apply for Foundation year placements, their applications are assessed using an 'educational performance measure' which ranks students in order, reflecting their position in relation to other students in their year.
We use your summative assessment scores to calculate your ranking. These scores encompass all our curriculum themes, and include knowledge and skills from all previous years of the course.