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Date Updated: September 29, 2017

International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM)

The IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment

The International Foundations of Medicine® (IFOM®) Clinical Science Self-Assessment is the perfect way to assess an individual’s knowledge of the clinical sciences in advance of taking the IFOM Clinical Science Exam (CSE), but the exam is also used for other purposes.

The IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment is built to the same content specifications as the IFOM CSE and covers the same topics and physician tasks, but is 50% shorter (80 items instead of 160). Examinees can choose to take the IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment untimed or timed (to practice how quickly they need to move from item to item to complete the exam). Scores are provided immediately.

Individuals can order the IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment for themselves, or schools and other institutions can use the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME)® Self-Assessment Services Voucher Program to order it for their examinees. When institutions order the self-assessment for their students, both the students and the institution receive the scores.

Language Availability

The IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Performance Feedback

Examinees receive a performance report and a score interpretation guide immediately after completing a self-assessment. The performance report includes a self-assessment score, the total number of incorrect items by content category, and the ability to review the text of incorrectly answered items. Correct answers are not provided as a part of the review, but will be beginning in early 2018. The score interpretation guide includes a conversion table that a participant can use to "translate" the self-assessment score to an approximate score on the IFOM Clinical Science Examination score scale.

How to Purchase the Self-Assessment

Individuals: To purchase the IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment (US$35), visit the NBME Self-Assessment Services website: https://nsas.nbme.org/home

Schools and Other Institutions: To learn more about and access the institutional voucher program, visit this page: http://www.nbme.org/Schools/Self-Assessments/sas.html



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