NBME Retake Information

NBME
Eligibility for Retake Any student whose subject examination NBME RAW score is below the fifth percentile will be given the opportunity to retake the NBME.

Students will only be allowed to retake one exam at scheduled break/exam retake time.
Notification for Retake The clerkship director will inform the student that she/he is eligible for the retake exam. In addition, if the student does not retake the exam, an F will be recorded on the student’s transcript for the clerkship.
Format for Retake The format of the retake exam will be a different version of the exam than the original exam.
Timing for Retake The retake exam will be scheduled during the next available curricular break. A Student request for alternative or delayed exam must be made in writing to the Student Promotions Committee. (Due to holiday schedules some curricular breaks may not allow for retake exams.)

The retake exam cannot be scheduled during a current clerkship without approval. Students will be informed of the date of the retake exam by the respective clinical campus clerkship coordinator.
Retake in Year IV If a student needs to schedule a retake exam during Year IV, the student will arrange the retake with the respective clinical campus clerkship coordinator.
Location for Retake Students will retake the exam on the clinical campus they are assigned. Legitimate requests for retaking the exam on a different clinical campus will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Academic Affairs. If approved, a minimum of three weeks lead time is required. Retake exams may be offered at limited locations due to holiday and staffing schedules. Students are expected to travel to the clinical campus where the retake NBME is being held. Travel arrangements to the clinical campus site for the retake are the sole responsibility of the student.
Grade on Retake 1. Students must achieve at or above fifth percentile on their RAW score. Fifth percentile will be determined based on the original date of exam (the student must meet the original passing score, the fifth percentile mark from the block of the clerkship when the original NBME was taken.)

2.  Passing the repeat examination, the overall clerkship grade will result in a P for passing. Honors cannot be achieved after retaking the NBME exam.

3. A failing grade on the retake exam will result in a failure of the clerkship and a student must then retake the entire clerkship. Failing a course will require the student to follow SPC guidelines for failures.

4. Students will be notified of their retake score by the clerkship director.

Failure to pass the NBME exam will require a retake of the examination. If the student fails to pass the NBME retake exam then the student fails the clerkship and must remediate the entire six or 12 weeks. Use the table below to determine your overall clerkship grade. 

^The numerical grade will be used in class ranks.
Clerkship Grade Calculation
Grade Prior to NBME Failure Grade After Passing NBME Retake
90 or higher A grade of 78 will be submitted as your final clerkship grade.
80-89 A grade of 75 will be submitted as your final clerkship grade.
70-79 A grade of 72 will be submitted as your final clerkship grade.

OSCE Retake Information

OSCE
Eligibility for Retake Although OSCE/Oral Interview formatting and logistics will be similar across clerkships, each clerkship will determine the OSCE grading system that will remain standard for the entire academic year from Block 1 through Block 8. This must be approved by the Phase III Curriculum Subcommittee as part of the overall clerkship course grading scheme.* Any student whose OSCE score does not fall within the individual clerkships guidelines for successful completion will be given the opportunity for OSCE retake.
Notification for Retake The clerkship director will inform the student that she/he is eligible for the retake exam. In addition, if the student does not retake exam, an F will be recorded on the student’s transcript for the clerkship.
Format for Retake The format for the retake exam will be determined by the clerkship/course director(s).
Timing for Retake Any OSCE retake will occur at the end of the academic year.

Students will be informed of the date of the retake exam by the respective clinical campus clerkship coordinator.

If a student needs to retake more than one OSCE, it will be scheduled accordingly.
Retake in Year IV If a student needs to schedule a retake exam during Year IV, the student will arrange the retake with the respective clinical campus clerkship coordinator.
Location for Retake The retake OSCE exam may be offered at limited campuses in order to be cost effective. The location will be determined no less than two weeks prior to the retake exam. Students are expected to travel to the clinical campus where the retake OSCE is being held. Travel arrangements to the clinical campus site for the retake are the sole responsibility of the student.
Grade on Retake 1. Passing the repeat OSCE, the overall clerkship grade will result in a P for passing. Honors cannot be achieved after retaking the OSCE exam.

2. A failing grade on the retake exam will result in a failure of the clerkship and a student must then retake the entire clerkship.

3. Students will be notified of their retake score by the clerkship director.

 

If a student is permitted to retake the OSCE, the repeated OSCE will be scheduled at the clerkship’s discretion. If the student achieves a passing grade on the repeated exam, the overall clerkship grade will be calculated as follows.

^The numerical grade will be used in class ranks.
Clerkship Grade Calculation
Grade Prior to OSCE Failure Grade After Passing OSCE Retake
90 or higher A grade of 78 will be submitted as your final clerkship grade.
80-89 A grade of 75 will be submitted as your final clerkship grade.
70-79 A grade of 72 will be submitted as your final clerkship grade.

*Please see the clerkship syllabus to review the complete course components used to form your grade (i.e. clinical evaluations, logging, etc.)