The MSPE is a comprehensive summary of the student’s academic record from matriculation through the beginning of the Year 4 Curriculum. This document is a letter of evaluation that is intended to provide residency program directors an honest and objective summary of a student’s salient experiences, attributes, and academic performance. It is not a letter of recommendation. The document is a key part of the residency application packet.


The MSPE is prepared for all senior students by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (pre-clerkship years) and the Regional Campus Deans (clerkship years). Students have the opportunity to contribute to the “Noteworthy Characteristics” section of the MSPE letter and to review the MSPE for factual accuracy. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs edits the final letter for accuracy and format. If for any reason, a student believes that the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or their regional campus dean cannot prepare the letter in an unbiased manner, he or she may request that the letter be completed by another member of the Dean’s Office.


  • Students are required to submit information for the Noteworthy Characteristics section between June 1 and July 15.
  • The Regional Campus Deans will complete their work on the MSPEs in early to mid-August and submit them to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
  • The Associate Dean for Student Affairs will upload a draft of the completed letters by early September for the students' review.
  • Students will have two weeks after the draft letters are uploaded in September to review their MSPE and recommend edits to correct factual errors.
  • Finalized MSPEs are uploaded by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs no later than September 30.
  • Requests for an alternative MSPE author should be submitted to the Dean's Office no later than June 30 of the year in which the letter is to be written.
  • MSPE Release date: The FSU COM releases the MSPEs on October 1 of the student’s final year in the medical education program.

Effects of Covid-19 on the FSU COM curriculum:

  • Step 2 CS was waived as a graduation requirement.
  • Clerkship students were pulled from clinical activity on March 18 and experience was modified to remote-learning opportunities to complete the clerkships spanning February 17 through March 27, 2020. These alternative educational experiences allowed all students to complete clerkship requirements (applies to Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery).
  • The Geriatrics Clerkship was modified to remote-learning opportunities on March 16 to complete the clerkship spanning March 2-March 27, 2020, as the facilities in which elderly patients are seen were closed to visitors due to COVID-19. An extensive curriculum to match required experiences and meeting objectives was developed so that the students could complete clerkship requirements. Geriatrics continued as an online course until 6/22, when students were allowed back in the clinical settings in which elders are cared for or reside.
  • Clerkship students were placed on remote-learning electives from March 30-May 22.
  • The grading policy was not changed. Remote learning electives taken by M3 students from March 30-April 24 and April 27-May 22 were graded as pass/fail, consistent with the grading of electives for third year medical students. Required clerkships (Geriatrics) remained honors/pass/fail.


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