NBME Subject Exams

General Information

For the 2016-17 academic year, the following required clerkships will be using National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject Exams as the final exam for the clerkship:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

These exams are currently given in only eight locations across the WWAMI region:

Washington
  • Seattle
  • Spokane
Wyoming
  • Cheyenne
Alaska
  • Anchorage
Montana
  • Billings
  • Bozeman
  • Missoula
Idaho
  • Boise

This means that if your rotation is not in one of the eight locations where the exams are given, you will be required to travel to one of these eight locations to take your final exam. NBME exams are given on the morning of the last Friday of the clerkship. Clerkship sites are aware of this requirement, and you are permitted to take the last Thursday of the clerkship off as a day to travel to your testing site if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know where my testing location is?

During the first week of a clerkship that uses a NBME exam, you will receive an email from UWSOM Testing Services (somtests@uw.edu) indicating where you have been assigned to take your final exam (NOTE: Medicine students will receive an email with their exam assignment during Week 7 of the clerkship). You may reply to that email and request to be assigned to a different testing site if another location is preferred due to travel considerations for your next rotation. Requests will be granted when space permits at the alternate testing site.

This map shows which clerkship sites are assigned to which testing sites by default.

Do I have to pay for travel to my testing site?

It depends. Please consult the student exam travel web page for details.

Where and what time should I arrive on exam day?

Exam start times are different for each testing location. Start times, as well as parking and room information, can be found on the testing site information page.

What should I bring with me to the exam?

You must bring one of these government-issued photo IDs to the exam:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Military ID

You will also need to know your UW student ID number to begin the exam.

The list of things you are allowed (or not allowed) to have with you during the exam can be found on the examination environment page.

What is going to be on the exam?

Your Clerkship Administrator can provide you specific information on your exam. However, here are two useful links:

Link to practice exam to explore user interface

NBME website—student page on Subject Exams