Grade Policy and Exam Information

PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Surgery administers the NBME electronic "shelf" exam

Final Grade Breakdown

  1. Scores from your clinical evaluation (1-5 for 12 indices) will be averaged (e.g., 6 scores of “4” and 6 scores of “5” would result in an average of 4.5)
  2. Your clinical grade may be adjusted by your exam score according to the below table This value is used to calculate your final grade
  3. Your final grade will be reported within 4 weeks from your exam date. You will recived an automanted email from eValue notifying you of the completed grade

Challenging your grade:

Do not contact your site directly. Please email the Department of Surgery Administrator with a few sentences up to a paragraph on what you would like to challenge and why. Upon receiving, the site will be contacted to re-evaluate your clinical grade.

If the site reviews your clinical grade and would like to make updates your final grade will be recalculated. Updates will be made in eValue and reported it to the UW SOM.

Please note all changes to final grades need to be completed within 12 weeks of when the grade was initially reported to the UW SOM. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for your appeal to be reviewed.

Starting SUM A 2017 - Students will be graded using the below scale:

E14 and E15 grading scales

Exam Information:

The electronic computer based NBME exam will be given on the last Thursday of your rotation (week 6).

Sometime in the the first week of your course UW School of Medicine staff will contact you to assign you to an exam site, which may or may not be where you are completing your rotation, as these exams must be taken at approved exam testing centers. Make sure that you know where you will be taking your exam before you make travel arrangements for your next rotation. Their email is: Please reach out to the SOM or your assigned testing site coordinator with any questions regarding time, location, logistics, etc. (see below website links)

ALL STUDENTS are required to be in their seat and prepared to start the exam at the specified time noted on the testing site information website below. Students who are late will not be permitted to take the exam.

NBME Surgery exam content outline

NBME Surgery Self-Assessment Pre-test (optional)

Please review the following websites for more information:

UW School of Medicine clerkship grading policy - Starting SUM A 2017: if you do not pass the exam you fail the clerkship and will have to repeat the course. Exam passing is 49 and above out of 100.

UW School of Medicine exam website

Exam Scheduling Guidelines (including travel to next site)


Updated: AY 2017-2018

Work Hours Policy

The goals of the medical students and the faculty of the School of Medicine are one and the same: to get the best medical education possible while not ignoring overall health and happiness. Attention needs to be paid to both duty/work hours and personal time.

Work hours rules have been developed for residents, but similar rules have not been developed for medical students. There are obvious differences in terms of goals, reimbursement, and responsibilities between residents and students. Nonetheless, some guidelines for students apply.