Medical Student Performance Evaluation
The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) is a written transcript of the student's performance in medical school and a required component of the residency application. The School of Medicine prepares MSPEs for all students in their final year of medical school regardless of the student's residency application plans. MSPEs are prepared in accordance with the AAMC’s guidelines; please see a pre-Bridges sample MSPE here and a Bridges Class of 2020 sample MSPE here. ERAS releases MSPEs to residency programs on October 1; MSPEs for all applicants nationwide are released on this date.
Providing information for the MSPE
Graduating students submit a current CV and supplemental information on their significant activities and accomplishments prior to and during medical school. Graduating students receive instructions for how to submit this information in Spring prior to their graduation year.
In early Fall, students have the opportunity to review their MSPE and correct factual errors before it is finalized and sent to residency programs.
The format of the MSPE
MSPEs include the following:
- Noteworthy Characteristics: A brief description of up to three achievements, activities, or other personal information. The student selects which characteristics are included in this section.
- Academic History: Information on matriculation and expected graduation dates, any extensions in educational program, required make-up work in clerkships.
- Academic Progress: Summary evaluation comments from FPC or CMC, clerkships, and research or Pathways to Discovery work (if applicable). This section must include details of any non-passing grades or remediation. Descriptions of any time off or extensions of curriculum are also included, as well as descriptions of JMP, MSTP, and PRIME (if applicable).
- Summary: A summative assessment of the student’s comparative performance in medical school, including the student's MSPE “adjective” (see below).
- Medical School Information: An appendix that lists information about the School and composition of the MSPE.
Evaluations included in the MSPE
Summary evaluation comments are included from all Foundations 2 core clerkships and Career Launch clerkships completed through Summer that are received by the September deadline (deadline determined by MSPE team each year). For students who completed the Essential Core, the FPC summary evaluation is included; for students who completed Foundations 1, a brief summary of your CMC health systems improvement work from the CMC directors is included.
Summary evaluation comments are edited for grammar in the MSPE, but not for content. Revisions to summary comments must be requested within 4 weeks of an evaluation being completed, and be made by the department that completed it.
The MSPE adjective*: Classes of 2019 & 2020
The following adjectives (included in the first paragraph of the MSPE as well as the final paragraph) are used to describe the ability and promise of students in relation to their graduating class: outstanding, superior, excellent, very good, and good. Clinical honors are used to determine eligibility for overall performance designations of outstanding and superior: Students eligible for “outstanding” have earned honors in more than half of the weeks of required core clerkships, and students eligible for “superior” have earned honors in more than one third of the weeks of required core clerkships. Such students have consistently demonstrated corroborative performance across competency domains throughout medical school. All students are eligible for the “excellent,” “very good,” and “good” designations. The core clerkships are weighted according to the length of the clerkship (eg, medicine is eight weeks long and therefore “heavier” than pediatrics at six weeks). Adjectives are assigned for each graduating class by September based on core clerkships completed through July of the final academic year. The percentage of graduating students receiving each adjective is included in the MSPE, and as well as a bar graph that displays proportions of honors awarded in each core clerkship.
*For the Class of 2021 and beyond, there will no longer be MSPE adjectives
At the discretion of the Associate Dean for Competency Assessment and Professional Standards, an MSPE may be addended to include all evaluations received after the MSPE was originally transmitted. An addendum becomes a permanent part of the MSPE.
Frequently asked questions
Q. How do I request my MSPE for fellowship applications?
A. For fellowship applications through ERAS, please first email Sheila Salapare to let her know of your request, then submit an electronic request through the EFDO Medical Institution Document Upload Service (MIDUS) to have your MSPE uploaded, and include Sheila Salapare's contact information:
Student Assessment Coordinator
Medical Student Education
533 Parnassus Ave, Rm U-80
San Francisco, CA 94143
Our office can also upload your UCSF transcript via MIDUS. To do this, you will need to order a transcript from the UCSF Registrar (instructions here: http://registrar.ucsf.edu/transcripts/ordering-transcripts); in the MAIL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT TO: field, enter: ERAS c/o Sheila Salapare ([email protected]). Additionally, submit a request in MIDUS for your transcript to be uploaded and enter the contact information above.
To have your MSPE sent directly to a program or institution, please email the contact information to Sheila Salapare ([email protected]).
Please note: It is our policy to send MSPEs directly to ERAS or to the program/institution. We do not release official MSPEs directly to students or alumni.
Q: Will I be able to review my MSPE before it is finalized?
A: Yes, MSPE drafts for MS4s are available in September for review. Students receive an email with their MSPE draft and instructions for review.
Q: I am applying in an early match specialty (ophthalmology or urology). Will my MSPE be sent earlier to programs?
A: MSPEs are sent on October 1 regardless of specialty. October 1 is the national release date for MSPEs, and programs will not expect your MSPE before then. MSPEs for SF Match applicants will be uploaded via the SF Match portal on October 1.
Additional questions regarding MSPEs
Please contact LJ Moore-McClelland at [email protected].