Psychiatry Clerkship

General Information


The exam is the NBME Content Exam for Psychiatry. It consists of 100 multiple choice questions that are randomly selected by the NMBE.

Students from the previous academic year who did well on the exam were asked to provide helpful hints about how to study for the exam. Those comments have been compiled to a short study guide. Please click on the Psych Exam Study Guide 2016-17 to access it.

Per the NMBE website the Clinical Science Psychiatry content outline includes:


General Principles 5%10%
Organ Systems
Mental Disorders
Mental disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence 5%10%
Substance-related disorders 5%10%
Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders 5%10%
Mood disorders 5%10%
Anxiety disorders 5%10%
Somatoform disorders 1%5%
Other disorders/conditions 5%10%
Diseases of the Nervous System and Special Senses 10%15%
Physician Tasks
Promoting Health and Health Maintenance 1%5%
Understanding Mechanisms of Disease 10%15%
Establishing a Diagnosis 55%-65%
Applying Principles of Management 20%25%

Use this link to see examples of questions for preparation:

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