The SMSS has recognized that students are stressed and worried about the process of remediation. Remediation is a scary term, and we hope this information will help you better understand what it means.
Simply put, remediation is a form of assessment offered to students who fail to meet the requirements of a particular course(s). These requirements are outlined in the course syllabus and may involve passing specific assignments, exams, OSCEs, etc.
For example, if a course requires a student to pass both the midterm and the final, and a student fails the final, that student may be offered a chance to remediate and write a supplementary final exam. If the failed component is an OSCE, the student will be required to complete a supplementary OSCE. These are the most common supplemental assessments that take place but the assessment type itself can vary depending on what the failed component is.
Remediation is only offered for students who have acquired less than the maximum number of deficit points outlined for a particular course. Please consult your course syllabus under the “Policy for Successful Completion & Remediation” heading for the grade deficit point breakdown, as well as the number required to not be offered remediation. This section of the syllabus is perhaps the most important part since it tells you what you need to complete in order to pass the course!
Remediation occurs following the fall and winter terms and their final exams. For the fall term, this runs during the winter holidays, as well as the winter term, due to the shorter amount of time available for scheduling of learning plan requirements and the supplementary assessment. As for the winter term, remediation takes place during the summer months, typically during May and June, depending on scheduling.
Students who are required to undergo remediation are contacted following the decision made by the Student Academic Management Committee (SAMC). This can take a few business days after the meeting occurs so please be patient!
To read more about the Promotions process, please refer to the policy on the College of Medicine website.
Nope! If you are successful at remediation, you will receive a Pass mark on your transcript for that course(s). There will be no indication on your transcript that you did not initially meet the course requirements. Many students who have remediated courses have gone on to be successful at the CaRMS match so don’t worry!
We hope this doesn’t happen, but if a student doesn’t pass their supplemental assessment, a decision will be made by SAMC as to whether the student will be required to repeat the term or discontinue the program. Affected students are invited to this meeting to represent themselves and discuss their situation.
For more information, please read through the Remediation policy available on the College of Medicine website. If you have further questions or concerns, please refer to your syllabus or contact Balsam (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or your Year Chair.