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IV. GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL ACADEMIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

GRADING FOR THE CLINICAL ORAL EXAM

Passing the Clinical Oral Exam involves the Oral Examination Committee’s judgment that both the clinical write-up of the case and the student's performance in the oral exam are acceptable.

Conditional passing of the Clinical Oral Exam involves the Oral Examination Committee’s judgment that a section of the Clinical Oral Exam should be revised. This revision may include a subsequent oral examination, a revised case write-up, or a combination of an oral examination and a revised report. These revisions need to be completed within 12 months of the original examination in order for the Clinical Orals to be passed and by June 1st in order for a student to be considered eligible to apply for internship in that year. Students are encouraged to schedule the Clinical Orals by May 1st at the latest so there is time to complete these revisions before the June 1st deadline. Such revisions are not considered a retake of the Clinical Oral Exam if satisfactorily completed within the 12 month period. Failure to complete these revisions within this time frame or producing a revision that the Committee judges to be unacceptable will be considered a failure. This will necessitate that the student retake the Clinical Oral Exam at a later date.

Failure of the Clinical Oral Exam involves the Oral Examination Committee’s judgment that the student has not demonstrated adequate competency in the Clinical Oral Exam. In this case, students need to retake the Clinical Oral Exam. In the case of a failure, the Oral Examination Committee will provide a written summary of the reasons for this decision and will outline the deficiencies that need to be addressed in the second administration of the Clinical Oral Examination. Students should note that the second administration of the Clinical Oral Exam is not limited to the areas itemized in the written summary. Rather this administration will evaluate all aspects of the student's clinical work, using the same standards set for all students.

The Oral Examination Committee, in consultation with the Program Chair, will decide whether a new case or a new committee is recommended for the second administration of the Clinical Oral Exam. A student can request in writing a new committee for the second administration of the Clinical Oral Exam and the faculty will vote on whether to assign a new committee.    

Students are permitted two administrations of the Clinical Oral Exam (an initial examination and one retake). If a student does not successfully pass the Clinical Oral Exam in these two administrations, the faculty will vote on whether the student will be terminated from the program. If there are unforeseen, extenuating circumstances that can be documented and verified, the student may petition the Program Chair in writing to review his or her record. The Chair will then provide arbitration.