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Away students should review their site's page (see Clerkship Sites) for information about final exam time and location.
Time & location: The final exam takes place on the final Friday of the clerkship unless it is a holiday. The location and time will be announced via email during the clerkship.
About the exam: The final exam is a standardized subject exam from the NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners). It is computerized. There are 110 questions and 2 hours and 45 minutes time allotted. Only 100 questions are used in the final analysis. Scores will convert to Honors (81 and above), High Pass (75-80), Pass (60-74), and Fail (59 and below).
The main reason for a final exam is to provide an objective component to the grading process. Here is how the final exam will be used:
There are several other reasons for using the NBME subject exam rather than an "internal departmental exam". First, the NBME exam is developed by expert question writers and reviewed by neurologists for importance. Second, it is good practice for students to see the type of questions used on USMLE board exams. Third, it will allow evaluation of our neurology clerkship compared to other clerkships across the country.
The time allotted for this exam is determined by the NBME. Occasionally, a student has a documented learning disability that requires extra time on the exam. If this is your circumstance, please let us know the first week of the clerkship. The disability must be documented in the School of Medicine.