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Our Family Medicine editor, Elise Torres, MD, is a board-certified family physician who practices full spectrum family medicine and telemedicine. After graduating from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, she completed her family residency training at the Stanford O'Connor Family Medicine Residency and obstetrics fellowship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA.
As outlined by the NBME, the Subject Exams are designed to provide institutions with effective evaluation tools and useful examinee performance data that can be compared with a large representative group of examinees at the same stage of training.
According to the NBME Clinical Science Family Medicine Modular content outline, the following topics are covered on the Core portion of the exam:
Distribution Across Age Groups
General Principles 10%–15%
In addition to the Core portion of the exam as outlined above, optional modules in Musculoskeletal/Sports-related injury and Chronic Care are available as a supplement.
The Family Medicine Shelf exam is made up of 80 items. Each optional module consists of 10 items.
As outlined in the NBME Guide to the Subject Examination Program, the following question formats will be on the exam:
Application of Knowledge
This exam will have an increased emphasis on the application of knowledge instead of the recall of isolated facts.
Questions are framed in the context of clinical vignettes.
This is the most widely used MCQ format. Each question is comprised of a focused item stem (e.g., a clinical vignette) and a lead-in question, followed by a series of options with one correct answer for each item.
Extended Matching (R-type)
These questions are organized into sets that use one list of options for all items in the set. Examinees must select one best answer.
During the later years of Medical School, clinical clerkship exams (or shelf exams) are given by the NBME to ascertain readiness. Family Medicine is a module that is required by nearly every program that participates in NBME testing.
Family Medicine is infamous for being really difficult. It’s also well known for the being the ‘what next’ exam. It really helps to lay out processes in advance of studying, and our questions try to help you with the process type questions. We also offer timed exams, so you can get a feel for pacing, and we also include a percentage correct score for EVERY question. Students rely heavily on our personalized recommendations.