Grade Policy and Exam Information

PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Surgery will now be giving the NBME "shelf" exam as of academic year 2016-2017

Final Grade

  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 this table, which will then calculate your final grade
  3. Your final grade, including the breakdown of your clinical and exam grades, will be reported within 4 weeks from your exam date on eValue

For Spring A and B 2017: E14 students ONLY will be graded using the below scale:

Starting AY 17 - 18: all non E14 students will be graded using the below scale:

Exam Information:

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017: the Surgery NBME exam will be moved to Thursday of the 6th week of your course.

The Department of Surgery will be giving the NBME electronic exam. The UW School of Medicine (SOM) has staff that will contact you the first week of your course 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 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:

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.

Please review the following websites for information:

UW School of Medicine exam website

Please reach out to the SOM or your assigned testing site coordinator with any questions regarding time, location, logistics, travel, etc.


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.