Baylor College of Medicine Clinical Performance Exam
The BCM CPX is a multi-station standardized patient exam held in the BCM Simulation Lab at the end of your third year during LACE. This exam is a graduation requirement designed to test your history taking, physical exam, and communication skills, as well as your clinical reasoning skills. It will also contribute a portion to your LACE grade.
For 2014, the exam will be held between March 31 to April 11.
To prepare for the exam, please review your Bates text, PPS 1-3 materials, as well as those more thorough materials that have been provided to you in your core clerkships. Several other resources can be found at the links below.
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- BCM CPX Information Session: An information session will be held by Dr. Tyson Pillow and Dr. Anita Kusnoor on Feb. 24, 2014 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in McMillian Auditorium. Dr. Pillow and Dr. Kusnoor will provide students with information about the requirements, expectations, and policies and procedures for the BCM CPX exam.
- BCM CPX Orientation PowerPoint Presentation - 2014
- BCM CPX Communication Standards
- BCM CXP Physical Exam Standards
- Taking vital signs (.wmv)
- HEENT exam (.wmv)
- Cardiac exam (.mpg)
- Lung exam (.mpg)
- Abdominal exam (.mpg)
- Cranial Nerve exam (.mpg) and Motor/Sensory exam (.mpg)
- LearnersTV.com (Free medical videos on various exam techniques, topics, and procedures)
Policies and Procedures
Registering for the exam
Sign up e-mails will be sent on March 3, 2014. The 2014 deadline for sign up is Friday, March 21 at noon. Confirmations will be sent out via e-mail on Friday, March 21 before the close of business.
To sign up and check your session, you must be on a Baylor computer or connected via the BCM VPN.
- Go to - http://learningspace.bcmm.bcm.edu/
- Select "Learner" and continue
- Select "BCM CPX 2014" from the group menu
- Enter your name and password (last 4 digits of your social security number)
- Select the "scheduling-learner date request tool"
Rescheduling the CPX session
While we understand that there may be extenuating circumstances, students are responsible for scheduling and/or rescheduling the CPX exam. If there is not enough advanced notice, a fee may apply to reschedule the exam. This fee must be paid prior to taking the exam.
- BEFORE March 21: Any time before the deadline, you can simply sign on to LearningSpace and select a new testing session to override your previous selections.
- BEFORE YOUR TEST DATE - One-on-one swaps: You may do a one-on-one swap with a classmate at any point during the testing session as long as written applications for swaps are received 24 hours prior to the first student’s testing session. Swaps are not final until you receive written confirmation from Simulation & SP staff. If you do not receive written confirmation, you are still responsible for your original time slot.
- BEFORE YOUR TEST DATE with 24 hours notice: If you are unable to find a classmate to fill your slot, you may contact Simulation & SP staff to see if there are any empty slots. To leave your slot without a replacement and move into an empty slot, you will need to pay $200.
- AFTER YOUR TEST DATE: If you miss your CPX session without notifying Simulation & SP staff 24 hours ahead of time, you will need to pay $350 to reschedule.
Remediation and Make-Up Exams
Make-up exam dates are TBA
Q: What if I am running late on the day of testing?
A: You need to call the SP staff at 713-798-5538 or e-mail the Simulation Program at email@example.com. An orientation will be given 30 minutes prior to the start of your exam. If you are not present 30 minutes prior to your exam, orientation will begin without you, and information will not be repeated. If we have not heard from you we will begin testing on time. If we have begun testing prior to your arrival, you will be counted as having missed your exam and will need to pay $350 to reschedule.
Q: Will there be a letter sent to my rotation director documenting that I was at a Baylor required exam?
A: Your clerkship directors will be provided with the dates of the BCM CPX. We encourage you to provide them with a copy of your confirmation e-mail if you would like to notify them ahead of time. Memos will be provided the day of your test to prove presence during the exam.
Q: What should I bring the exam on the day of testing?
A: Please do not bring anything with you but a pen, your white coat and your stethoscope. Everything else that you will need for your exam will be provided for your in your encounter room with the Standardized Patient.
Q: Is there a fee for retaking my BCM CPX if I have failed?
A: Yes. There is a fee accessed if you fail your BCM CPX and have to take all 6 stations over. The Simulation Program Manager will provide you with that information before taking your full 6 station BCM CPX again.
Q: What if I am a MS4 taking my BCM CPX for the first time in the Spring and I graduating that same year?
A: Please understand it is your responsibility to register for your BCM CPX, it is recommended that if you are an MS4 or an MD/Phd student that will be graduating in the Spring of the BCM CPX you are attempting to take - that you should take your BCM CPX during Make-up the Fall semester before Spring. Grading for the BCM CPX is a process and it is not guaranteed that you will be able to receive your grade before graduating in the Spring if you take your exam in the Spring.