Exam Policies for Medical Students

Postponing or modifying exam schedule; Excused absences

A student who is unable to take a scheduled exam due to medical or family emergency must immediately notify the course manager. In an emergency where the course manager cannot be reached, students must contact the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at (617) 638-4166. Within ten days of the exam, all students must submit a written explanation for missing the exam to both the course manager and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. All explanations must be accompanied by supporting documentation. Students should arrange directly with the course manager to take make-up exams, if indicated.

  • Exams are not to be postponed or taken early, unless for a compelling reason (personal illness or family emergency)
  • Students need to provide supporting documentation for all early, late, delayed, or missed exams
  • Students who arrive late will take the exam with remaining time
  • Students who miss an exam, unexcused, will receive a failing grade for that exam

Shelf Exam Laptop Certification Process

Students who will be taking NBME Shelf Examinations are expected to follow the personal laptop certification procedures.

Students who do not certify their laptops ahead of time may not be allowed to take the shelf examination, may receive corresponding professionalism comments/evaluations, and their overall grade may be adversely impacted.