Why is it called a SHELF exam?
Friday, September 9, 2011
Could it be:
a) An acronym: S
b) An eponym: A test created by Dr. Shelf
c) An exam that's been validated and is ready for you to take, "off the shelf
d) Another acronym: S
e) None of the above
I tried, but I cannot find the word "shelf" on the entire NBME website
, can you? What have you heard?
Some clerkships in medical school place more weight on the exam, some less so. Most want you to study well and study hard, but to concomitantly recognize the importance of your clinical experiences and learning opportunities, embracing them fully and professionally.
Ultimately, you'll have to take those exams (pediatric NBME "shelf" or other... some schools use a CLIPP
exam. And of course there are the USMLE Steps
). What are your goals? Learn the core material and then build on it. Apply what you have learned to patient care. Incorporate new information over time. Employ clinical reasoning skills. Teach. Heal.
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.