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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Student Handbook

Glossary of Terms

Academic Warning: A Decision by the Student, Evaluation, Performance, and Awards Committee designed to bring a student considered at risk from ongoing academic lapses to the attention of those who might help the student overcome their difficulties.

Administrative Leave: A process implemented to remove a student from academic and clinical activities due to failure to meet behavior standards that raise safety concerns.

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA): National medical honor society

DMECS: Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences

Dismissal: Permanent separation from the WSU College of Medicine.

Course Component: Segments of a course all of which need to be passed by the student in order to successfully pass that course.

Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS): National medical honor society

NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners): A standardized national test to assess knowledge gained in a particular clerkship.

Probation: An action imposed on the basis of either academic or behavioral concerns resulting in restrictions and correction needed in order to avert dismissal.

Professionalism: A set of attitudes, behaviors, and expectations as defined in the College of Medicine Medical Student Handbook and College of Medicine Honor Code to which a student must demonstrate in academic settings (courses/clerkships), co-curricular activities and public forums.

Readmission: The process whereby former student who withdrew while in good standing seek to re-enter the college.

Remediation: An academic activity to remove a deficiency as determined by the SEPAC after consideration of a course, clerkship, or course director recommendation, an assessment of a student’s overall academic performance, a student’s written request, or other factors deemed relevant.

Repetition: Retaking part or all of an academic year due to substandard academic performance, usually following successful deficiency remediation with SEPAC determining whether the process requires concurrent or sequential repetition of other courses or clerkships.

SEPAC: The Student Evaluation, Promotions and Awards Committee (SEPAC), which functions to monitor the progress of students throughout the medical education program. While the majority of SEPAC time is spent evaluation student progress, the committee also makes decisions regarding superior academic achievement and awards.

USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam): A national licensing exam divided into steps given at different stages of training. For medical students, the steps are:

  • Step 1: Assesses knowledge from the Foundational years
  • Step 2: Clinical Knowledge (CK) assesses fundamental clinical knowledge
  • Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) assesses skills garnered in clerkships and electives

Voluntary Leave of Absence: Decision by the student to seek time away from medical school for personal, financial, medical, supplemental education, or career-related reasons.

Withdrawal in Good Standing: Voluntarily leaving the college with no academic or professionalism standard issues and not intending to return thus no longer being considered an enrolled student.

SEPAC, Leave of Absence, Remedial, HIPAA, Formative, Summative, Professionalism, Supersede, Mistreatment, Accused, Accuser, Retaliation, Grievance, Informal, Formal, Honor Code, Learning Community Coach, Self-Monitoring, Self-Governance

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g. Medical Students as Investigative Subjects (from Handbook)
h. Duplicating Course Content (from Handbook)
k. Transcripts and Student Records
l. Conflict of Interest (from Handbook)
m. Medical Student Supervision in Clinical Situations (from Handbook)
i. http://registrar.wsu.edu/academic-calendar/