The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) offers standardized, objective, discipline-based and comprehensive (interdisciplinary) examinations for use in assessment throughout the medical school curriculum. NBME subject exams are designed to provide institutions with effective evaluation tools and useful student performance data that can be compared with a large, representative group of students at the same stage of training.

More information on NBME exams can be found on their website: http://www.nbme.org/

Please find below the information regarding NBME exams that will be offered in the academic year 2016/2017 for students of English medical programs at Poznan University of Medical Sciences.

NBME CALENDAR 2017/2018 click here to open PDF file last updated Oct 19, 2017

Rules and regulations for NBME examinations pertinent to all MD students:

1) The NBME examinations are mandatory and can be administered on Saturdays, due to the amount of time required to take them and to eliminate the possibility of interfering with the class schedules. In some extraordinary situations NBME examinations can be taken at weekdays in the late afternoon. Moreover, NBME examinations can take place only at the University premises.
2) The NBME examinations will be scheduled preferably one week after the end of the course. Examinations scheduled for the end of each semester can be taken earlier, i.e., on the first Saturday after the end of the course. Students who leave for vacation before obtaining scores and who have failed will be required to adhere to the examination make up dates set by the course coordinator.
3) Registration for the NBME examination from a given subject is available online after logging in at https://uczelnia.ump.edu.pl. A student can register for two dates of the NBME examination from a given subject. The procedure is as follows:
– a student will be automatically assigned to the first date for his or her group/year/program for the NBME examination from a given subject, according to the examination schedule suggested and approved by the Dean’s Office,
– up to 26 days prior to the examination day a student has the right to change the examination date by choosing a different one from the dates appointed by the Dean’s Office; after that time the only possibility of changing the date will be available if the student presents valid excuse (e.g. taking the USMLE examination); such request has to be send to the e-mail address of the coordinator of the particular course and to the e-mail address of the administrative assistant responsible for the appropriate year/program at the Dean’s Office; the final decision regarding change of examination date will be made after having consulted one of the Associate Deans of the Center for Medical Education in English,
– if a student is not present at the examination that a student has registered for, a student is charged with the examination fee click here to open PDF file
and receives the unsatisfactory grade for that attempt,
– if a student presents a valid excuse from the examination in the form of a physician’s note, a student may register for another date, after receiving approval from the course coordinator and the Dean’s Office,
– the Dean’s Office requires the right to change the date of NBME examination in case 20 days prior to the examination the number of students assigned to the particular date of examination is lower than 10.
4) Students may be admitted to take the NBME examination only after having received the course coordinator’s approval. Should there be any administrative issue, the student may be conditionally allowed to take the examination, but the scores will be released only after those issues have been resolved.
5) Students must bring their ID card to the examination.
6) Students must be present at least 30 minutes before the exam. Student who arrives more than 30 minutes late will not be allowed to take the examination and will receive a failing grade.
7) Students are not allowed to bring any personal belongings to the examination room – including cell phones, watches, computers or any other electronic devices, as well as food or beverages.
8) Students may be dismissed from the examination with a failing grade in the following circumstances:
> if caught cheating during the examination (see § VI and VII)
> if behaving improperly
> if engaging in any conversation with other exam takers during the examination period
> if caught possessing any personal belongings which are listed in item 7, according to § VI.
9) Only one student at a time may be allowed to leave for the restroom.
10) Students who finish the examination earlier may leave the examination room.
11) If a student is not present at the examination (unless excused for medical reasons – according to § 37 of the General School Regulations); or if the student does not pass the NBME examination, then the student must take the examination provided by the course coordinator on a date arranged with him/her. In case of an unexcused absence, a student receives failing grade and/or 0 points from the first attempt. Any emergency situations must be reported to the course coordinator as soon as possible.
12) The make up examinations are departmental examinations (does not apply to the NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Examination – CBS) and may be graded for the maximum score of 4.0 (good).
13) It is possible for a student to retake the NBME examination again, but only at the end of the repeated course.
14) The passing grade and the grading system are determined by the course coordinator based on the scores released by NBME. The NBME examination grade may not be equal to the final course grade.
15) Any changes to the NBME examination schedule are possible within three weeks from the release of the NBME schedule to the students, and only through a written notice delivered to the Dean’s Office by class representatives.
16) If a student is not present at the NBME examination (unless excused for medical reasons – according to § 37 of the General School Regulations); he/she will have to cover the cost of this examination which is equal to the cost of purchasing one examination for a student from NBME by the University.
17) The examination room where NBME examinations are administered is under video surveillance. 18) In case of courses that finish with NBME examination, it is the first examination attempt. For students who take prior to NBME examination the make-up examination, NBME examination is counted as failed (in that case first examination attempt is 2.0).
19) In case of Erasmus students, they are not required to take NBME examinations. However, if Erasmus student is interested in taking NBME examination, he/she is required to inform course coordinator and the Dean’s Office about this fact at least 7 days prior to the examination date. In case of Erasmus students who do not take NBME examinations, it is the course coordinator who decides about the form of the examination.

NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (concerns medical students only)

NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) or its equivalent is the examination that ends the basic sciences portion of studies. It is an obligatory examination for all students. The first attempt of the CBS examination takes place after the end of the Basic Science Review Course. The results of the examination are included in the grade transcript in the form of the number of points scored.

Passing the CBS examination is the requirement for the commencement of the clinical sciences portion of the studies. Number of points required to pass the CBS examination will be announced yearly in the Directive of the Program Board of the Center for Medical Education in English. Students are required to take the CBS examination on the day appointed by the Dean’s Office. Students who meet the criteria for applying for USMLE Step 1 examination (see details below) can also be allowed to commence the clinical portion of studies based on this criteria. There is a possibility to receive an approval for commencement of clinical sciences portion of the studies in a different mode. The details regarding this mode will be announced annually in the Directive of the Board of the Center for Medical Education in English at the beginning of each academic year (this section applies to students who begin their studies in the academic year 2012/2013 and in the consecutive academic years).

Certification of USMLE Step 1 application (concerns medical students only)

The application for USMLE Step 1 will be signed by the Dean after a student completes all basic sciences courses from the curriculum (which means obtaining all credits and passing all required examinations) and also passes (according to passing USMLE Step 1 criteria) NBME Comprehensive Basic Science (CBS) examination which completes the basic sciences component in the University curriculum. The CBS examination will be scheduled after completion of all basic sciences courses.

A result of the CBS examination on the level of at least the predicted passing threshold for the USMLE Step 1 examination for the given academic year, allows the students, who are willing to take the licensing examination (e.g. USMLE Step 1), to obtain the permission from the Dean to take the licensing examination. In that case, the Dean will sign the appropriate documents that allow a student to take the licensing examination. A student has the right to improve the result of the CBS examination twice. If a student does not obtain the required number of points in any examination attempt, the permission to take the licensing examinations will be granted only after the student has obtained the graduation diploma.

For outstanding students there will be a possibility to apply for USMLE Step 1 earlier, prior to taking NBME Comprehensive Basic Science examination. The conditions for meeting this criteria will be announced annually in the Directive of the Board of the Center for Medical Education in English at the beginning of each academic year.

Please note that when applying on-line for any Step of the USMLE, the student has to choose in the field ‘MEDICAL SCHOOL’ – POZNAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, CENTER FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION IN ENGLISH, and NOT: MEDICAL FACULTY I. The applications with “MEDICAL FACULTY I” will not be authorized by the Dean.

The application for USMLE Step 2 will be authorized only after passing the USMLE Step 1.

Student/graduate is required to provide the University with the result of USMLE examinations.