NBME is a mission-driven organization that specializes in the creation of high-quality assessments and learning tools.
Protecting the Health of the Public through State of the Art Assessment
At NBME, we are passionate about our mission to protect the health of the public through state-of-the-art assessment of health professionals. While centered on assessment of physicians, this mission encompasses the spectrum of health professionals along the continuum of education, training and practice and includes research in evaluation as well as development of assessment instruments.
Improving Health Care around the World through Assessment
Through the creation of effective assessment and learning tools for health professionals, we hope to improve the quality of care for patients around the world.
NBME Key Points
In addition to offering assessment tools for every stage of the medical school journey, NBME aims to build meaningful collaborations and make lasting contributions to the medical education community.
We evolve to meet the changing needs of the health care community, creating exams with advanced test development strategies, psychometric expertise and insights gained through research.
Our assessments are produced in collaboration with educators and practicing physicians who comprise our nationwide faculty—the core component in creating high-quality examinations.
We work to empower medical educators through our grants, awards and related programs, while providing opportunities for continuous learning in the health care community.
NBME was founded in 1915 with the two primary goals:
- To elevate the standard of qualification for the practice of medicine and surgery
- To provide a means for recognition of qualified persons to practice in any state, territory, or dependency of the United States without further examination by their licensing boards
Since that time, we have worked to further advance the assessment of medical education.
View an interactive timeline of our history to learn more.
Over 100 years later, NBME strives not only to ensure a higher standard of qualification for medical practice, but also to protect the health of the public through state-of-the-art assessment of health professionals.
Under the leadership of our current Executive Board, we hope to fulfill this mission through continuous improvement and collaboration with medical schools, health profession organizations and members of the public.