The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE):The MSPE is an archive of your medical school performance and is meant to represent an objective assessment of how you have done. It is a stylized letter. The majority of the letter is compiled of the clerkship comments entered into Cbase, which is the major determinant factor of the strength of your application. You are strongly encouraged to monitor your academic file. If you have an evaluation that you believe to be grossly unfair, you may appeal it to the clerkship supervisor. Do not wait until late in the MSPE process to seek such remediation. Also, make every effort to avoid Incompletes on the transcript that is sent out. This means that any third-year details should be cleaned up by September 1.

There is now a section in Cbase where you can enter information about activities in which you have been involved. This is a good way to keep track of special information you might want to ask to have put into your letter. You should ask faculty to send a note to Bonnie via email confirming your participation in medical school activities. You will also be prompted to enter your CV & a personal statement into Cbase. Please read your emails regularly as this is how information about this process will be communicated to you.

Beginning in June and extending through early September, students are scheduled to meet with the  MSPE writers on an individual basis. In preparation for that meeting, you must enter your Curriculum Vitae and Personal Statement into Cbase. The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education will contact you via email & give instructions for making an appointment with Dr. Chandran, Dr. Wackett, Dr. Fuhrer or Dr. Schiavone to review your MSPE. Good organization and an early appointment date are appreciated and avoid a last minute rush. You do not need to have finalized your career plans in order to meet with the letter writer, who can sometimes help you to focus if you are conflicted. Your MSPE, medical school performance, your future plans, your application strategy, and your CV and Personal Statement may be reviewed with you at the meeting. You should come out of the interview with a sense of how competitive you will be for your chosen field and, hopefully, with some ideas as to how to maximize your chances of success. You will be given an opportunity to review a draft of the MSPE so that you may see what is being said about you, as well as have the opportunity to check it for factual errors or gross omissions. By national agreement, the MSPE may not be mailed out before October 1st. In order to include as much information as possible, the MSPE's will be updated during the second week of September and include any evaluations received since your initial meeting and draft letter. Be sure that your evaluations for July and August are in the file prior to September 6th. The logistics of assembling the letters and transcripts, and scanning them into the ERAS program fully occupies the staff during the rest of September. Again, late-breaking good news can be sent out as an individual letter from the mentoring evaluator. Bring your labels and a photocopy of the labels (list the total number of programs and put your name on the hard copy) to Bonnie in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education if you are applying to programs not involved in the ERAS process.