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Who Needs Surgery Shelf Exam Tutoring?
Receiving 1-on-1 help from a Surgery Shelf Exam tutor is always helpful, but it isn’t necessary for everyone. While a tutor may not be necessary for everyone, anyone who seeks additional support, wishes to improve their understanding of high-yield topics, or wants a structured study schedule can significantly benefit from our tutoring sessions. At Elite Medical Prep, we’re here to guide you every step of the way, helping you turn your aspirations into reality.
Students with Marginal Shelf Exam Performance
Your Shelf Exam grades are considered secondary only to USMLE in evaluating a candidate for residency and are anticipated to hold more weight after Step 1 becomes pass/fail. Performing well (especially on the Surgery and Medicine Shelf Exams) can be critical in matching into a good residency program.
Students with Anxiety/ Poor Testing Skills
If you historically have high test anxiety and/or are a poor standardized test taker, a couple ABSITE tutoring sessions focused on strategy and wellness can be very beneficial to your success.
Students with a Previous Exam Failure
If you have previously failed USMLE Step 1 or any of the Shelf Exams you have already taken, you are at risk for another failure if you do not make changes to your study habits. A Shelf Exam tutor can help evaluate where you went wrong last time and make sure that this time you have a more successful outcome.
Students Who Struggled with the NBME CMS
The NBME Clinical Mastery Series (CMS) is designed to provide students with realistic practice questions for the Shelf Exams and performance feedback. Therefore, low scores on the NBME CMS exams can indicate that it may be time for a shelf exam tutor.
Students with Poor Time Management Skills
Shelf Exams can be particularly difficult to study for since students often find themselves incredibly busy with their rotations and Step 2 CK prep. However, Shelf Exams have become increasingly important in honors, high pass, and passing grade determination. A tutor can help ensure you are studying efficiently in the time you have.
Students Applying to Competitive Specialties
Achieving honors in your clinical rotations, especially after USMLE Step 1 becomes pass/fail, may tremendously help you match into competitive residency programs. It is a good idea to consider a Shelf Exam tutor especially for Surgery and Medicine if this is a goal of yours.
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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 US and Canada, as well as many osteopathic medical schools, and approximately 25 international schools. The Surgery Shelf Exam is designed to test student knowledge on pharmacotherapy, intervention management, and diagnosis of conditions requiring surgical intervention across all systems of the human body.
What is the Format of the Surgery Shelf Exam?
The Surgery Shelf Exam is a 110 multiple-choice question exam that aims to assess student mastery of the surgical management of a wide range of health disorders at the conclusion of the Surgery clerkship. Due to the wide coverage of topics, the Surgery Shelf exam is considered the most challenging and important of the Shelf Exams.
How is the Surgery Shelf Exam scored?
The Surgery Shelf, like all other shelf exams, is scored as a percentage correct out of all items. The Surgery Shelf Exam report will provide an in-depth analysis with a bar graph detailing your performance, broken down by topic.
How Long is the Surgery Shelf Exam?
The Surgery Shelf exam is 165 minutes. It can only be taken at authorized locations, testing centers, or on the campuses of some medical schools.
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Additional FAQs about The NBME Surgery Shelf Exam
1). What Makes Up A Surgery Shelf Exam?
Students are expected to diagnose surgical patients and also manage their well-being and make decisions to further escalate their patient’s cases for intervention or management.
2). How Can I Prepare For My Surgery Shelf Exam?
The Surgery Shelf Exam is critical to academic success in order to land your desired residency spot. No matter what specialty you hope to go into, the likelihood is that the pressure to succeed on your shelf exams is stacking up.
Instead of trying to independently prepare for an exam that is sometimes difficult to predict, our team of expert tutors can give you guidance and point you in the right direction, so that when it’s time to take your NBME subject exams – and especially your Surgery Shelf Exam – you can enter with increased confidence.
3). How Do I Stay Calm For My Surgery Shelf Exam?
One important thing to remember before you take your exam is this: while the surgery shelf exam is considered difficult, most students do not find it as challenging as the USMLE Step 2 CK exam.
Entering through the doors of your surgery shelf exam isn’t the be-all, end-all to your career.
Showing your commitment to studying and excelling on this exam demonstrates a level of clinical excellence medical teams want, but don’t stress yourself out too much. Hopefully, knowing this will alleviate some of the pressure on your shoulders, and help keep you in the right mindset for success.
4). Who Decides If I Pass Or Fail My Surgery Shelf Exam?
The National Board of Medical Examiners (“NBME”) manages these exams. The organization ensures students and medical schools have a quality baseline to assess students accurately.
5). What Content Is Most Likely To Appear In The Surgery Shelf Exam?
The content most likely to appear on your surgery shelf exam includes:
- Systems – The surgery shelf exam covers a range of organ systems, with a significant emphasis on gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, blood & lymphoreticular, nervous system & special senses, and multisystem processes & disorders. These areas collectively constitute approximately 45% to 70% of the exam’s questions.
- Physician Tasks – Diagnosis-related questions constitute a substantial portion (50% to 60%) of the surgery shelf exam. These questions assess your knowledge of history, physical examination, diagnostic studies, and patient outcomes. Moreover, questions related to pharmacotherapy, intervention, and management contribute to around 30% to 35% of the exam, while the remaining 8% to 12% is dedicated to foundational science concepts.
- Site of Care – The surgery shelf exam will present scenarios related to various care sites where patients might be treated. About 35% to 40% of the questions pertain to ambulatory care, followed by inpatient care at 30% to 35%, and emergency care, which constitutes 25% to 35% of the exam.
- Patient Age – The surgery shelf exam covers a wide range of patient age groups. However, the majority of questions focus on patients between the ages of 18 and 65, making up approximately 60% to 70% of the content. You should also anticipate questions related to patients aged 66 and above, which account for around 20% to 25% of the exam. Additionally, a smaller percentage (8% to 12%) of questions will address pediatric cases involving children under the age of 18.
6). How Should I Start Studying For My Surgery Shelf Exam?
An Elite Medical Prep tutor can show you how to study for the Surgery Shelf Exam and, more importantly, how to achieve the highest score that you can. You’ll work with experts in the field on all aspects of surgical intervention.
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