Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Grading Med Students

I found this on the wall in a clinic and have no idea where it came from. If anyone knows where it comes from, please tell me so I can give credit.

How to Grade a Medical Student

99 Magnificent
98 Superlative
93 Extraordinarily strong
88 Notable
83 Wonderful
80 Teriffic, radiant, humble
78 Accomplished
75 Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
70 Well-read
65 Capable
60 Intermittent
55 Well above mean
50 Strong
45 Hearty
40 Friendly
35 Well groomed
30 Attentive and respectful
25 Pleasant
20 Punctual
15 Imminently about to blossom
12 Present and fully continent of all excretory functions
10 Normocephalic and nonfelonious
8 Claudicative
6 English speaking
5 Ambulatory
3 Respirating and well perfused
1 Charmingly fresh in outlook
0 Eukaryotic and possibly diploid


  1. Ha! Like the insertion of NSAID :)

    However, it's not clear to me how to apply this in practice - does one find the appropriate descriptor, and then input the numerical grade? Is this a translator for numerical grades? Or are both portions bestowed on the lucky student at the same time?

  2. With my med school exam on biochemistry coming up in two days, I feel like I am somewhere greater than 0, but not more than 5. I would be happy with a 3. Being a 6 is out of the question, 10 is beyond my capability, and 12 is hopelessly optimistic.

  3. Any suggestions on how to be perceived as more than "Well Groomed"? :-D For a medical student interested in physiatry..

  4. To me, this seems like the 'code phrases' that are supposedly inserted into the Dean's letters... Perhaps this is some way for program directors to discreetly tell other programs what they REALLY think in a student's letter of recommendation.

    So the "accomplished" and the "extraordinarily strong" students both feel good, but the writers/readers know what's up. ;)

    Mr. "Eukaryotic and possibly diploid" might get the feeling that something was up, or at least he would if he had any idea what that meant...