Last updated on August 25th, 2021

Technical Standards for Pre-Clinical

Candidates for admission to the MD programs must have functional use of the somatic senses, adequate motor capabilities to negotiate situations in which these senses would be employed and the ability to integrate data acquired via these senses.

Compensation through technology for deficiencies in any of these areas may be acceptable; however, such compensation should not preclude candidates’ abilities to act reasonably and independently. The use of a trained intermediary would mean that candidates’ judgment must be mediated by someone else’s power of selection and observation; therefore, third parties cannot be used to assist students in accomplishing curricular requirements in the skill areas specified below.

  1. Observation Skills: Applicants/Medical students must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations and laboratory exercises in the first two years of the curriculum and to assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to them for examination, diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Communication Skills: Applicants/Medical students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, assess verbal and non-verbal communications and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and all members of the health care team. Communication skills include speaking, reading and writing, as well as the observation skills described above.
  3. Motor Skills: Applicants/Medical students must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers, be able to perform basic laboratory tests, possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures and be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.
  4. Intellectual/Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: Applicants/Medical students must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize. Problem- solving, a critical skill demanded of physicians, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, applicants/medical students must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures. Applicants/Medical students must have the capacity to perform these problem-solving skills in a timely fashion.
  1. Behavioral and Social Attributes: Applicants/Medical students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and others. Applicants/Medical students must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, commitment and motivation are personal qualities which all applicants/ medical students should possess.
  2. Computer Literacy: In the 21st century, the profession of medicine, basic computer literacy is a necessary skill. Students and graduate physicians must understand and be able to utilize-unaided-technology used in education, medical records and in the transmission of data and information with the patient and throughout the medical community.


Electronic examinations at SGU are administered at a physical venue (on site) or distance (remote) The following policies and procedures supplement the general guidelines outlined in the University Examination Policies and Procedures in the SGU Student Manual. Each examinee is responsible for reviewing and adhering to these policies.


  1. Each student is required to have a laptop for taking computer-based examinations at SGU. Examinees must ensure that their laptops meet the current system requirements, as published by Examination Services at the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA).

NOTE: Some of the latest operating system updates may jeopardize the compatibility with electronic examinations. Examinees are encouraged to seek guidance from Examination Services at OIA, prior to installing updates.

  1. Examinees must ensure that they meet the requirements to access the university network at any time and should confirm access prior to examinations.
  2. Examinees must set the clock on their laptops to the correct local time and time zone (Grenada: Atlantic Standard Time AST = UTC-4; UK: Greenwich Mean Time GMT = UTC, or British Summer Time BST = UTC+1).
  3. For examinations using ExamSoft, examinees are responsible for downloading and registering the required version of Exemplify on their laptop prior to examination day.
  4. Examinees are notified via the electronic course management system of all examination related information, including venue assignments, time sequence of examinations (including the download window, time when students enter the assigned venue, and when the doors are closed), and examination specifications (e.g. number of questions, duration etc.).
  5. For examinations using ExamSoft, examinees are required to download the examination during the allocated time window (see time sequence in the examination notification above).
  6. Examinees who are not eligible to take an examination (e.g. students who have withdrawn from course work, or students on an approved leave of absence) are not permitted to download the examination.
  7. Examinees experiencing technical difficulties are encouraged to visit Examination Services at OIA for assistance prior to the examination day. An examinee who needs a loaner laptop must adhere to the loaner laptop policy provided by OIA.


  1. Examinees are expected to assemble outside their assigned venue and ready to enter by the time stated in the examination announcement (see notification prior to examination day above).
  2. Examinees must adhere to the instructions given by the Chief Proctor, or the proctors acting under his/her supervision.
  3. Examinees are required to enter their assigned venue only (see notification prior to examination day above) and must take their assigned seat.
  4. All examinees scheduled to sit a computer-based examination are required to bring their laptops and all necessary accessories (mouse, Ethernet cable and power cord/battery charger), for use on examination day.
  5. All examinees who present themselves to sit a University examination are required to display a current SGU student identification card to access the examination venue. The SGU ID is the only acceptable form of ID. Any examinee who fails to present this ID will be required to complete a Missing/Lost Identification Form and to present a government- issued photo ID to access the examination venue.
  6. Once seated, examinees must place their ID clearly visible on the left side of the desk they are seated at.
  7. Permitted items – only the following items are allowed in the examination venue:
  • Laptop and accessories
  • SGU ID
  • Completely clear (see-through) bottle of plain water, which must be placed outside the examination venue for all examinations
  • Items explicitly permitted for a specific examination (see announcement), or approved by the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Office (SAAS).
  1. Items that are explicitly NOT permitted inside the examination venues include:
  • Cell phones
  • iPods/ iPads
  • Wrist watches
  • Calculators
  • Paging devices
  • Recording/filming devices
  • Reference materials (book, notes, papers)
  • Backpacks, briefcases, or luggage
  • Beverages or food of any type
  • Coats, outer jackets, headwear
  • Jackets/sweaters with pockets
  • Hooded jackets/sweaters

Note: Jackets/sweaters with pockets are considered outer jackets and are not permitted. Hooded sweaters are considered headwear and are not permitted.

  1. Examinees will need to be prepared to turn their pockets inside out for inspection. Please avoid trousers with an excess of pockets, such as multi pocket work trousers, cargo pants, or hiking trousers. These will slow down the process of entering the exam venue, causing unnecessary stress and anxiety for everyone.
  2. Any prohibited items found inside the examination venue will be confiscated.
  3. Examinees are assigned a seat (either by posting of individual seat assignments outside the venue, on the website, or by the Chief Proctor or an authorized representative at the venue).
  4. Examination conditions are in effect at all times inside the examination venue, from the time the first examinee has entered, until the last examinee has left the examination venue. During examination conditions, no communication of any kind is permitted between examinees. Access to any files or programs other than those explicitly specified by the Chief Proctor is not permitted.
  5. No examinee is permitted to enter the examination venue after the doors have been closed

(in preparation of the password announcement; see notification prior to examination day above).

  1. White boards, dry erase markers and erasers are provided. Examinees are not allowed to write on the white boards prior to starting the examination.
  2. Examinees’ eyes must be visible at all times. Hair long enough to cover the eyes and ears must be pulled back.
  3. An examinee who is experiencing problems should seek immediate attention from a proctor.
  4. Some problems may be solved immediately and on site, but more severe problems may require relocation of an examinee or even termination of the examination or contact
  5. A bathroom break is the only allowed break during an examination onsite. No bathroom breaks are allowed during online examination. Examinees may not eat, smoke or communicate with anyone other than an assigned proctor during a bathroom break. Examinees must get the attention of a proctor, get permission, sign out and back in and be accompanied by a proctor.
  6. No bathroom breaks are permitted for 30 minutes after the assessment password has been provided and no examinee may leave the examination during this time period. For distance (remote) electronic examination no bathroom breaks are allowed during the exam.
  7. Once an examinee leaves the examination area without signing out and back in as stipulated, he/she is considered to have concluded the examination. He/she will not be allowed back into the examination venue to resume the examination.
  8. To start the examination, the Chief Proctor will provide examinees with the assessment password and give the start signal “START NOW” (or “BEGIN NOW”).
  9. For remote exam takers passwords are sent via Sakai announcement to students’ email.
  10. Once the start signal has been announced, examinees are required to proceed with their exam without delay.
  11. Examinees are allowed to exit the examination venue  when  they  have  completed their examination  and displayed  the upload  confirmation screen   (in  case  of  Exam Soft examinations), or whatever procedure has been specified by the Chief Proctor. During the last 10 minutes of an examination, examinees may be instructed to remain seated until dismissed.
  12. It is the responsibility of every examinee who downloaded  an  Exam Soft examination,  but is unable to take  the  examination  on  examination  day,  to  contact  Examination  Services at the OIA immediately, to facilitate the process of removal of the examination from their personal computer.
  13. All examination activity is logged and any log file demonstrating irregular activity, such as attempting to disable or tamper with security features, is subject to academic disciplinary action.


  1. An examinee may not attempt to reproduce a test or a test item by any means, including but not limited to reconstruction through memorization and/or dissemination of examination materials by any means.
  2. Communications about specific test items, cases, and/or answers with another examinee, potential examinee, or any other person at any time before, during, or after an examination, are strictly prohibited.
  3. Every examinee is required to fully cooperate in investigations regarding any examination irregularities, whether committed or observed by themselves or others.

Violation of any policy or procedure outlined in this document is reported as an examination irregularity to the Dean of Students and to the Course Director.  The Dean of Students decides on subsequent disciplinary action and the Course Director determines the implications for examination scores and course grades.