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July 2018

Dear Colleague,

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) values excellence when striving to achieve its mission of protecting the health of the public. Today, we present an important opportunity to become a part of an organization that has done so for over 100 years. We are inviting suggestions of individuals who may be considered as potential nominees for at-large positions in the NBME Membership and who may become future leaders in the governance of our organization. In the fall and early winter, the 2019 Nominating Committee will consider candidates for these positions. Thereafter, at its Annual Meeting on March 28-29, 2019, the Membership of the National Board of Medical Examiners will elect a number of individuals to at-large positions in the Membership.

Please enter suggestions using the link provided. We will follow up on entries made by contacting individuals to confirm interest in possible service. Alternatively, you may also send names to Jennifer DiRicco by email if you prefer. Areas to consider in suggesting candidates are listed below. Please submit your suggestions by September 12, 2018.

Thank you.

Susan Deitch
Secretary of the Board
On behalf of the NBME Nominating Committee and its Chair,
Dr. Lewis R. First

Link to enter suggestions:

NBME Mission and Vision

The mission of the National Board of Medical Examiners is to protect the health of the public through state of the art assessment of health professionals. Our vision is improving healthcare around the world through assessment.

Roles and responsibilities of the NBME Membership

Approximately 80 individuals constitute the Membership of the NBME, including individuals with responsibility and expertise in the health professions, medical education and evaluation, medical practice, NBME test committee representatives, and representatives of national professional organizations and the public. The quarter of the NBME members represented by other organizations includes individuals from the US Air Force, Army, Navy, Public Health Service, and Veterans Affairs, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Medical Association, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, the American Medical Student Association, the Student National Medical Association, and the American Medical Association Resident Physicians Section.

Twenty-four of the members of the NBME are in the category “members-at-large,” nominated by a Nominating Committee after suggestions are received from various sources.

The time commitment required of individuals who serve on the Membership of the NBME consists of attendance at a two-day annual meeting in Philadelphia, usually in March. Once elected to the NBME Membership, individuals are eligible for service in other capacities, including election to the NBME's board of directors (“Executive Board”). Other areas of service by board members include the NBME Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Hubbard Award Committee, Stemmler Medical Education Research Steering Committee, and specific program committees. At its Annual Meeting, the NBME Membership reviews the activities of the NBME; reviews and advises on policy for the organization; elects at-large members and members of the Executive Board; and engages in strategic planning and other activities.

Diversity and inclusion

Recognizing the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity in our organization, the Nominating Committee strongly encourages nominations of qualified individuals who represent the diverse communities we serve. Examples of desired attributes include, but are not limited to, international medical graduates, international medical education leaders, health professions other than physicians, age (with a focus on early-career individuals), gender, race, and geographic region. The NBME’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force has stated that:

We best serve the NBME mission when our work is informed by a wide range of viewpoints and life experiences. For this reason we foster an environment of inclusion that values people and respects their diversity. We create a culture of respect where individuals of differing dimensions work together to reach their individual potential while advancing the mission and vision of the NBME.

Competencies identified in the past

The NBME Bylaws describe the desired diversity among the Membership of the NBME: “The composition of the National Board membership shall assure a distribution of members who have responsibility and expertise in several health professions, and in education, medical practice, and evaluation; medical licensure; national professional organizations including those representing medical students and residents and fellows; the public; and individuals participating in the design and construction of examinations. The composition should recognize and reflect the diversity that exists in the above constituencies and the community at large.”

Because Executive Board members are elected from among the NBME Membership, it is important to assure that the competencies needed on the Executive Board are well represented among the members of the NBME. Past Executive Boards and Nominating Committees have identified characteristics and competencies for NBME Membership. While all will not be present in each member, they are needed in aggregate for an effective Board. They include:

  • Content area and expertise
    • Performance-based assessment
    • Assessment of healthcare professionals/doctors in practice
    • Ethics, sociology, organizational psychology
    • Evaluation of students and residents
    • International collaboration
    • Assessment for learning
    • Healthcare disparities and implicit bias
  • Links encouraging liaison/communication
    • Lay public
    • Public policy/health delivery systems/“think tank” perspective
    • People dispersed throughout the education and training environment (e.g., students and their representatives, faculty representatives, experts in curriculum design and educational technology) to serve as the eyes/ears for the NBME
    • Other health professions
  • Business development skills
    • Organizational financial management
    • Marketing and communications expertise
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Information technology
    • Business development
    • Senior leadership positions in academic medicine (e.g., dean of medicine, chief executive of health system or teaching hospital)
  • Other/Miscellaneous
    • Diversity of demographic characteristics, educational and professional experience, national origin, and populations served or represented
    • Those who challenge NBME thinking in a constructive way

Definition of NBME public members to represent patient interests

The NBME wishes to ensure that the interests of patients and their advocates are represented in the work of the NBME. Public members representing patient interests must be persons of recognized ability and integrity, not employed in the healthcare professions and/or industry, who can, by reason of background or experience, integrate patients’ perspectives into the work of the NBME and its committees. These public members should have a demonstrated interest in issues related to healthcare. The role of such public members on NBME committees is to assist in harmonizing NBME’s assessment activities with the needs of the patient and assure that NBME addresses patient priorities in its products and services.

Representation of the public

Suggestions made previously to find suitable individuals who represent the views of patients and the public have resulted in election of several individuals who hold leadership positions that engage them in healthcare system effects and public health issues as consumers. We encourage suggestions for additional public members.

Linkages to undergraduate and graduate medical education

Past Nominating Committees, in discussion of competencies deemed desirable among members-at-large, have also considered the importance of linkages to education leadership of health professions schools, such as medical school deans and leaders in graduate medical education. We welcome your suggestions of individuals with such experience.


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