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The NBME Subject Examinations, commonly referred to as the NBME Shelf Exams, are a series of subject specific standardized tests administered after certain 3rd year rotations. The exams are used at virtually all LCME-accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada, as well as many osteopathic medical schools, and approximately 25 international schools.The Medicine Shelf Exam is designed to test student knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology of conditions that affect all major organ systems.

What is the Medicine Shelf Exam?

The Medicine Shelf Exam is typically regarded as one of the toughest NBME Shelf Exams in conjunction with the Surgery Shelf Exam, primarily because there is a wide range of content covered and the questions often require students to have a deep understanding of the pathophysiology of conditions affecting every organ system.

How is the Medicine Shelf Exam scored?

The Medicine Shelf, like all other shelf exams, is scored as a percentage correct out of all items. The Medicine Shelf Exam report will provide an in depth analysis with a bar graph detailing your performance, broken down by topic.

How is the Medicine Shelf Exam administered?

The Medicine Shelf Exam is administered via the NBME’s web-based interface either at your institution in a secure testing area or at a Prometric center. Expect that your test will be timed (typically 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete all 110 items) and proctored.

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