What Are The Shelf Assessment Exams?

What Are The Shelf Assessment Exams?

Consensus opinion provided by Dan Mountcastle, MD; Phillip Hynes, MD; and Nick Lorenzo, MD

The Subject Examinations (Shelf) are available through the NBME® and NBOME® are used by medical schools to measure medical student knowledge across basic science and clinical topics. They usually serve to assess students at the end of a course or clerkship and gauge readiness for the USMLE® and COMLEX®.

Topics on the Shelf examinations include:

  • Basic Science
    • Behavioral sciences
    • Biochemistry
    • Gross anatomy
    • Gross anatomy and embryology
    • Histology
    • Microbiology
    • Microbiology and immunology
    • Neuroscience
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
    • Introduction to clinical diagnosis
  • Clinical Science
    • Ambulatory care
    • Clinical neurology
    • Family medicine
    • Obstetrics and gynecology
    • Pediatrics
    • Psychiatry
  • Advanced Clinical Science
    • Emergency medicine
    • Internal medicine
  • Comprehensive Basic Science
  • Comprehensive Clinical Science

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