The True Meaning of Pass/Fail
Med school is rather relaxing. Really. I sleep more and have more time outside of school than in undergrad. For example, I went camping the weekend before an anatomy exam. And it’s not that I no longer care. “What’s the magic then?” you may ask. Answer: P = MD. The only grade the university keeps track of is P or F (passing is usually 70 percent or 65 percent depending on the class). While you don’t automatically pass, you can pass without too much of a struggle. Furthermore, since students do study, Pass/Fail fosters a collaborative environment and provides an opportunity to learn effective studying. Nothing beats congratulating your friends after getting grades, since you all passed, and that’s all that matters.
— Jennifer S., M1