Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) letter  — accompanies a medical student's residency application.

It summarizes the student's medical school performance and provides a summary evaluation of the student's potential as a resident.

The Associate Dean’s office oversees the creation of every MSPE Letter. Students will have the opportunity to meet with an OMSE Assistant Dean &/or OMSE Faculty Leader to write his or her Medical Student Performance Evaluation letter. The MSPE is a template letter, so the same information is included regardless of who authors the document.

When and how should a student begin the process of the MSPE?

Fourth-year students will have an appointment in May, June, July, or August of their senior year to meet with the OMSE Assistant Dean &/or OMSE Faculty Leader who will write their Medical Student Performance Evaluation. Students will need complete The MSPE Student Information Electronic Survey, which will ask to include a curriculum vitae (CV) and personal statement (preliminary draft version), by the May 10th Deadline.  Students will need complete an additional survey prioritizing their top 3 MSPE Letter Writers. After students have been matched with MSPE Letter writers, their Administrators will contact with the matched students to schedule a specific meeting date and time.

What happens during the meeting to discuss the Medical Student Performance Evaluation?

Your meeting will last half an hour. During this time, you and the MSPE Letter writer will discuss your career plans, your background, the residency programs you're interested in, and your medical school career.

If there have been any unusual events in a student's medical school career — such as poor grades or a leave of absence — these are discussed so that the student can provide an explanation that can be used in the letter, if necessary.

The letter writer will work with you to ensure we maximize the amount and quality of the advice you get as you apply to residency programs; advice from the Departments and from Office of Medical School Education.

How important is the Medical Student Performance Evaluation?

Program directors are less interested in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation than most students think. Often, invitations for residency interviews are offered before the Medical Student Performance Evaluation goes out. The Medical Student Performance Evaluation is a way to confirm and explore what the application packet says about a candidate.

Will I have the opportunity to review my letter prior to releasing it to programs?

Yes. After all the letters are written and ready for review, you will be notified by email that your letter is available for review.