MSPE (Dean's Letter)

The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) letter — formerly called the Dean's 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 letter is written by one of the Assistant Deans in the Office of Medical Student Education: Dr. Michelle Daniel, Dr. Steven Gay, Dr. Tamara Gay, or Dr. Seetha Monrad.

Students will have the opportunity to sign-up on a first-come, first-served basis with a Dean to write his or her Medical Student Performance Evaluation letter. The MSPE is a template letter, so the same information is included regardless of which Dean authors the document.

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

Fourth-year students should make an appointment in May, June, July or August of their senior year to meet with the Dean who will write their Medical Student Performance Evaluation. Students will need to provide their Dean with an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) and personal statement (even if in draft form) at least seven (7) days prior to your meeting; and a completed MSPE Student Information Electronic Survey (Linked) by the April 30th Deadline.

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 Dean 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 Deans 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.