MS3 Class Information – April 21, 2022

Recent updates from the National Board of Medical Examiners

A message from Matt Cunningham, Director of Educational Evaluation: I wanted to make sure you were aware of two recent announcements from the National Board of Medical Examiners.

  1. NBME has officially committed to continuing remote administration of subject exams through the 2022-23 academic year, so you will not have to travel to take clerkship exams in person. 
  1. The passing score for Step 2 CK will increase from 209 to 214 for examinees who take the exam on or after July 1, 2022. For those of you who are still taking Patient Care clerkship exams, in our experience, average clerkship exam score across all Patient Care clerkships is the strongest predictor we have of Step 2 CK numeric score. It may help you to think of the clerkship exams as practice exams that give you the opportunity to consolidate knowledge in each of the specialties prior to taking Step 2 CK, where you have to put it all together. As a reminder, Academic Support is still available in the clinical phases to help you with either clerkship exams or Step 2 CK. 

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions. 

ICYMI Tonight, Thursday: Residency application planning season kick-off event

When: Thursday, April 21, from 5 to 6 p.m. AK, 6 to 7 p.m. PT, 7 to 8 p.m. MT


Join Career Advising, Student Affairs, Financial Aid, and Counseling as we kick off residency planning season with all the information you need to get started.

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Join our study about the clinical learning environment!  

Dear students, we are looking to recruit students who have completed the 3rd year clerkships for a focus group study. The study will ask you to complete a short survey and participate in a one hour long virtual focus group thinking about how we change the culture of the learning environment to facilitate growth mindset and in the moment coaching when you are working on your clinical rotations.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Nandiwada (the PI) at to sign up.  If you have other questions about participation, feel free to email me, Addie McClintock at Thank you! –Addie McClintock, MD (General Internal Medicine)


Career Advising Student Advisory Board – Tip of the Month

The away rotation application has opened! If you’re planning to apply:

  1. Don’t forget to plan for a letter of recommendation. Ask your specialty advisor about the best person to get a letter from.
  2. Now is a good time to polish up your CV! Need help? Check out Career Advising’s CV page for videos, templates, and to register for a CV Group Review Session.

Written by Career Advising Student Advisory Board member Shanelle Briggs and reviewed by a second BIPOC Board member, L’Oreal Kennedy.

In case you missed it:

Here is a link to the April 14, 2022 Student Newsletter information for MS3s.