The Blackboard software program via the Internet is used to administer these exams.
- Seven weekly exams will be given. The first exam covers Cope's textbook. Exams are password protected.
- Exams are graded and count 10% of the final grade.
- Exams are mandatory and should be used as a formative learning tool.
NBME Surgery Shelf Exam
Usually given last day of rotation (traditional clerkship).
- The NBME Surgery Shelf exam counts for 30% of the final grade.
- ROME students, to be determined at site.
- MILE students will be informed on the policy for the shelf exam by Minot faculty.
Administered near the end of the rotation. The exam lasts approximately 30 minutes and consists of common clinical scenarios. Students are expected to develop a differential diagnosis and a treatment plan.
- This exam is important for Honors and accounts for 10% of final grade.
- The purpose is to have you think through cases in a logical step-wise manner.
- The exam may include tests of knot tying and suturing.
- Oral Exam Sample Question
Held at the end of rotation.
- Evaluations are based on all facets of the rotation: "Every day is a final test." Evaluations from preceptors are worth 50% of the final grade.
- Complete your preceptor evaluations and rotation evaluation online.
- Students on the Northeast and Southeast campuses will also need to complete an evaluation
of the Chief Resident of the particular service to which they are assigned (use the
same "Preceptor Evaluation Form").
- (Clerkship Evaluation form)
- (Preceptor Evaluation form)
- There will also be a face-to-face evaluation at mid-clerkship.
- To be an outstanding student, you must go beyond the standard textbook to the specialty books and current literature.
- Determined by the Department Chair. Typically an average preceptor rating of 90 or greater, a NBME score of 90th percentile or greater, and an oral exam score of 8 or greater is required to be considered for Honors.
- Typically, the successful candidates come from the top one-third of the class. Try to distinguish yourself.
- Staff will be very willing to counsel and help.
- Students considering a career in a surgical field are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Jay MacGregor and/or Dr. Robert Sticca well in advance of applying for a residency position.
Protective Measures—Double gloving and eye protection—universal precautions
This department wants you to be successful. The staff will guide; you must work!