Curriculum Policies

Afternoon Educational Sessions

Afternoons should be presumed to have scheduled ICM activities for all M1 and M2 students.  If a systems course has the need to use afternoon time for educational sessions, communicate in advance with the ICM course directors to ensure that scheduled activities can be accommodated. 

M1 and M2 Course Examination Standards

Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, all M1 and M2 major multiple-choice course examinations are required to maintain high standards for design.

  • All multiple-choice questions must be written in either single multiple-choice or extended matching formats.  Formats such as single true false, multiple true-false, and negatively phrased questions are not permissible on assessments.
  • At least 50% of all test questions must be in a clinical vignette format.  Questions should pose an important and plausible clinical situation that requires an understanding of relevant foundational science concepts in order to manage the patient’s condition. 
  • Examination questions should be reviewed at the end of each academic year. 

In order to prepare the students for standardized exams, course directors should be cognizant of the time allotted to students for multiple choice questions on the USMLE.  Consistency across course exams is essential.  The committee recommends a maximum of 1 minute, 45 seconds per question at the M-1 level and 1 minute 30 seconds per question at the M-2 level.