Student Affairs

MSPE Information

Why is the MSPE important?

The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) is a comprehensive assessment of your performance in achieving the educational objectives of our medical school curriculum. The MSPE is a summary letter of evaluation, not a letter of recommendation. The MSPE describes your performance through three full years of medical school and the first part of your fourth year. It is then transmitted to the residency programs to which you apply during your senior year.

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MSPE Sections

  • Identifying Information

    • Student’s legal name and year in school
    • Name and location of the medical school
  • Notable 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 provide responses to three prompts indicating which research, extracurricular, and volunteer experiences were most meaningful to them.

  • Academic History

    • The month and year of the student’s initial matriculation in and expected graduation from medical school.
    • An explanation, based on school specific policies, of any extensions, leave(s) of absence, gap(s), or break(s) in the student’s educational program.
    • Information about the student’s prior, current, or expected enrollment in and the month and year of the student’s expected graduation from dual, joint, or combined degree programs.
    • Information, based on school specific policies, of coursework that the student was required to remediate. If the student was cited for unprofessional behavior, the incident and any actions taken to remediate the professionalism concerns would be documented here.
    • Information, based on school specific policies, of any adverse action(s), sucha as academic probation, imposed on the student by the medical school or its parent institution.
  • Professional Performance

    Describes how school defines professionalism.

  • Academic Program

    A short description of the student’s scholarly concentration or the SELECT program is described here.

  • Preclinical / Basic Science Curriculum

    Your overall academic performance in your preclinical pathway. Also, included is a brief summary of your evaluations from Doctoring 1 and 2.

  • Clinical Courses and Rotations

    • This section includes information about the student’s academic performance and professional attributes in clinical courses and rotations.
    • Graphic representations of student’s comparative performance are incorporated within the body of the MSPE.
    • The components of each clerkship grade and the weight of each component (for example, % clinical assessment, % written exam, % case write-up, % OSCE, etc.) are included to better inform program directors on performance.
    • Narrative assessments from clinical courses are based upon summative faculty evaluations that are not edited for content. Minor editing for length, redundancy, grammar, and spelling is undertaken by the Office of Student Affairs so long as it enhances the readability of the document without substantively affecting the objective assessment provided by the faculty.
  • Summary

    Although MCOM is a non-ranking institution, students are clustered based on percentages assigned to their clinical clerkship grades and evaluations. The categories are the following: exceptional, outstanding, excellent, very good, good, and capable. Only clerkship grades are included in the MSPE cluster statement. Academic and clinical strengths are determined using a point system as described in the legend below. Every clerkship in the third year is counted equally. USMLE scores, community service, or research are not considered when determining academic and clinical modifiers.

      Academic Clinical
    Descriptor Clerkship Points Earned # of Students in Modifier Group, Class of # of Standard Deviations from Class Mean Clinical Score # of Students in Modifier Group, Class of
    Exceptional 14-15   +2  
    Outstanding 12-13   +1  
    Excellent 10-11   0  
    Very Good 8-9   -1  
    Good 6-7   -2  
    Capable <5   -3  
      Honors = 3 points, Pass with Commendations =2 points, Pass = 1 point, Remediation= 0 points, Fail = -1 point  
  • Medical School Information

    • Information about specific programmatic emphases, strengths, mission(s), or goals(s) of the medical school
    • Information about unusual characteristics of the medical school’s educational program, including the timing of preclinical/basic science coursework, core clinical clerkships, and elective rotations.
    • Information about the medical school’s compliance with the AAMC “Guidelines for Medical Schools Regarding Academic Transcripts.”
    • A description of the evaluation system used at the medical school, including a “translation” of the meaning of the grades received by the student.
    • A statement about medical school requirements regarding a student’s successful completion of USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 for promotion and/or graduation.Information about the use of Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCEs) in the assessment of an institution’s medical students.


For questions about the MSPE, please contact Dr. Kira Zwygart, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, at For more information about the MSPE, please visit the AAMC website.