CPX Program Attendance Policy
The UCSF School of Medicine Clinical Performance Exam (CPX) program includes two standardized patient (SP) encounter exercises – the Mini-CPX and the CPX.
Participation in the Mini-CPX and CPX is required for all students.
The Mini-CPX is a 3-station clinical skills exam administered midway through Foundations 2. The Mini-CPX is an important opportunity for learning and feedback on clinical skills during clerkships, and it also serves as preparation for the CPX exam.
The Clinical Performance Examination (CPX) is a standardized patient exam required for all UCSF students after Foundations 2.It is an 8-station exam that is administered at ten California medical schools. It is an important assessment of students’ clinical skills after F2.
- The CPX exam is a high-stakes clinical performance exam that is a graduation requirement for all UCSF medical students.
- Each CPX session requires significant resources in terms of staff and standardized patient time.
- UCSF professionalism milestones include expectations for students to demonstrate accountability and reliability, and to adhere to professional standards and administrative expectations.
- Students are required to attend their scheduled Mini-CPX and CPX sessions.
- While clerkship directors are aware that these exams are required, students must communicate appropriately with their clerkship/site director and coordinator about being absent from clinical responsibilities during their scheduled exam time.
- Clinical rotation responsibilities are NOT cause for excused absences from the Mini-CPX or CPX sessions.
- Students will receive advanced scheduling notice for these exams via email with the specific date and time or with instructions on how to self-schedule a student’s exam date and time.
- If a student has an individual scheduling conflict, a specific time period will be allotted for trades, after which the assigned date will be confirmed.
- However, because of the extraordinary logistics of setting up these exams, scheduling makeup sessions becomes extremely labor intensive and cost prohibitive. It may not be possible to reschedule the exam.
- Students must arrive on time to their assigned sessions.
- Given these exams involve paid standardized patients, there may be a financial consequence to a student who is absent without prior arrangement from the student’s scheduled Mini-CPX or CPX sessions.
- Unexcused absences may lead to:
- Failing the CPX exam (which is a graduation requirement).
- Receiving a Physicianship Form.
- Needing to pay standardized patients’ fees for the rescheduled session.
- Needing to travel to another California medical school to take the CPX exam (travel expenses related to this will be the student's responsibility).
Professionalism and Dress Code
- Students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior throughout all exams, including responding in a timely manner to scheduling communications and arriving on time to all scheduled sessions.
- Students are also expected to dress for clinical encounters for the mini-CPX and CPX exams, including wearing a white coat, UCSF ID, stethoscope, and professional attire. Scrubs are not permitted.
- The CPX staff will document and report any lapses in professionalism to the Director of the CPX, Associate Dean for Assessment, and Associate Dean for Curriculum.
Accountable Dean or Director: Director of the CPX
Approval Date and Governing Body: August 30, 2019, CCEP
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