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Who Needs an Internal Medicine Shelf Exam Tutor?

Receiving 1-on-1 help from a Medicine Shelf Exam tutor is always helpful, but it isn’t necessary for everyone. Medical students looking to excel in the Internal Medicine (IM) Shelf Exam are prime candidates for a Medicine Shelf Exam Tutor.


The internal medicine shelf exam breakdown is quite complex, consisting of a myriad of topics that can be overwhelming for many students. Having a tutor helps to streamline the study process, assisting students to focus on key areas and improve their percentile in the NBME internal medicine shelf exam.


Even with the internal medicine shelf exam review, students might still find the sheer volume of information daunting, especially considering how long the internal medicine shelf exam is – which typically lasts around two and a half hours.


By leveraging a Medicine Shelf Exam Tutor, students can be better prepared for the NBME internal medicine shelf exam, increasing their confidence and readiness. A tutor’s guidance provides not just knowledge, but also strategic internal medicine shelf exam prep, honing a student’s test-taking skills, ensuring they are fully prepared to tackle the exam.

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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 NBME Medicine Shelf Exam is designed to test student knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology of conditions that affect all major organ systems.

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What is the Internal 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 Internal 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 long is the Internal Medicine Shelf Exam?

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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