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MSPE – Medical Student Performance Evaluation (For Post-Graduate Training)

Purpose of the MSPE

The MSPE is a summary letter provided by WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine to residency program directors with honest and objective information about each student’s salient attributes, experiences, and academic accomplishments based, to the greatest degree possible, on verifiable information and summative evaluations in medical school. The MSPE is a summary letter of evaluation, not a letter of recommendation.

Below are the components of the MSPE

Identifying Information

  • Student’s legal name and year in school
  • Name and location of the medical school

Noteworthy Characteristics

This section includes information intended to help a residency program selection committee review applicants holistically to achieve a residency class that brings a diverse set of background experiences, characteristics and perspectives. Students have the opportunity to develop their own noteworthy characteristics in collaboration with their ADCEs.

Academic History

This section provides information about dates of matriculation, expected date of graduation, any leaves, gaps, or breaks in the education program with explanation, whether a student was required to repeat or remediate any coursework, and whether the student was the recipient of any adverse actions.

Academic Progress

This section includes information about the student’s academic performance and professional attributes in the preclinical curriculum and the LIC. It will also include a professional assessment. Graphic representations of the student’s performance and narrative comments are included.


This section is a summative assessment with final comments about the student.

Medical School Information

This last section provides institution-specific information and is included and unchanged for all students.

The chart below lists of the individuals and their role in preparing the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE):

Medical studentIdentify and develop their Noteworthy Characteristics
Associate Dean for Accreditation, Assessment, and EvaluationProvides assessment data and narrative comments for the Academic History and Progress sections, assists with the Summary; Signatory.
Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Student AffairsOversees the process for compiling the MSPE, assists in the Academic History and Summary sections, collaborates with the student to obtain and approve the Noteworthy Characteristics, and ensures comparability across the four clinical campuses; Signatory.
Associate Dean for CurriculumProvides information about the curricular descriptions and the Scholarly Project and assists with the Summary; Signatory.
Associate Deans for Clinical EducationAssists students in their Learning Community in developing Noteworthy Characteristics; reviews the final draft of the MSPE with their Learning Community students.

The MSPE is compiled from May – July of the students’ fourth year. Once it is in its final version, the student’s ADCE reviews the document with the student. If a student does not want their ADCE to review with them, they can request a review by the Associate Dean for Curriculum. If the student wishes to challenge any of the factual information in the MSPE, they can do so through Student Affairs to the Office of Curriculum. If agreement is still not reached, a final appeal can be made to the Founding Dean whose decision is final.