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Date Updated: September 20, 2018

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New Question Formats Available

Posted: September 4, 2018

The Medicine Clinical Science Subject Examination now contains several short-answer questions to closely reflect day-to-day physician decision making. The new items allow examinees to provide short, free-text answers to assessment questions.

Medical schools use NBME subject examinations in the basic and clinical sciences to evaluate the educational achievement of individuals in specific subject areas. The examination results may provide insight into the educational progress of physicians or other health professionals.

The NBME is committed to developing innovative item formats that more closely reflect clinical practice. As part of this commitment, the exam now features up to five short answer questions in a given administration. When making a clinical decision, physicians use their knowledge and training to make decisions based on the clinical information available. Short-answer items are designed to more closely reflect this decision making process.

The Medicine Clinical Science Subject Examinations are administered at both medical schools and Prometric centers. Instructions for practicing with these new item formats are provided in the exam tutorial.

Tutorial instructions and a sample item are available here.

For your reference and convenience, we have provided frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions, contact us at subjectexams@nbme.org

New NBME Presence at the AMEE Conference

NBME staff members are excitedly preparing for the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) conference later this month. Here’s how we’re showing up in a new way:

  1. New booth. In addition to making our booth more inviting, we’ve created a question card that features questions from the International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM) self-assessment. Can You Answer A Question correctly?
  2. New opt-in card. Now that the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in effect, we created an opt-in card so you can receive updates from us.
  3. New brochure. In addition to information about our international products (IFOM and other customized international examinations), our new brochure includes information about other helpful offerings, including Subject Exams, Customized Assessment Services, NBME Self-Assessment Services, and Item Writing Workshops.

Will you be there? If so, we can’t wait to meet you.

Correct Answers Available for NBME Self-Assessments Beginning July 2

Posted: July 5, 2018

No matter how much you prepare, sometimes the correct answer may not be apparent to you. And later you may not remember the question or the answer you chose.

If you are preparing for a United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step, learning from your mistakes, or going over those questions you guessed at during practice tests can be just as important as reviewing content. Together, it offers you a great opportunity to fully understand the broad array of concepts required.

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The Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund issues its 2018-2019 call for letters

Posted: June 8, 2018

In support of innovation in medical education assessment, the Edward J. Stemmler, MD Medical Education Research Fund from the NBME has issued its 2018-2019 call for Letters of Intent.

The purpose of the Stemmler Fund is to provide support for research and development in innovative evaluation methodologies or techniques, with the potential to advance assessment in medical education or practice.

Applicants should consider how their proposed research provides a departure from previous thought and practice, and advances the field of assessment in medical education. The application deadline is July 15, 2018 Applicants may visit here for more detailed information.

Seminal Research by NBME Staff Announced

Posted: June 7, 2018

NBME staff publications and presentations contribute to the body of scholarship on assessment, explore emerging test constructs, and demonstrate the continuous reliability and validity of our existing examinations.

A comprehensive list of the work created by staff can now be found under Research on NBME.org. From the 1900s through the 2010s, staff members have made great contributions to the seminal research in assessment. The work is presented by decade, with an introduction that delineates the themes that emerged from that time period. Both the publications and presentations made at national and international conferences and meetings are included.

For those contributing to the body of knowledge about assessment, this list provides a useful starting point before doing a deep dive into the literature.

Measurement Experts at NBME Receive National Recognition

Posted: May 25, 2018

Three National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) researchers have received recognition for their influential studies in psychometrics, the science of measurement. Drs. Brian Clauser, Richard Feinberg, and Carol Morrison have been honored with awards for career and research contributions.
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New Score Scale for the Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Examination

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Posted: May 23, 2018

Beginning with exam administrations on June 1, 2018, the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) will report scores for the Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Examination as equated percent correct scores instead of scaled scores. The new equated percent correct score reflects an examinee's mastery of the content domain and can be used to compare and track school and examinee performances over time and across test administrations.

This new scale will also help to enhance the quality of score reporting and interpretation for the Emergency Medicine exam.

Informational webinars for medical school faculty who want to learn more about the changes are being made available by NBME Psychometricians Linette Ross and Seohong Pak.

Register here to join a webinar. (Sessions will close when they reach capacity.)

You can also send questions to us at subjectexams@nbme.org.

2019 John P. Hubbard Award Call for Nominations

Posted: May 15, 2018

The NBME invites nominations for the 2019 John P. Hubbard Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the assessment of professional competency and educational program development at any level along the continuum of medical education and delivery of healthcare.

The Hubbard Award recognizes significant and sustained contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. Recognition of contributions to medicine in curricular development, instructional methodology, or medical training methods is not the primary purpose of the award.
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Health and Wellness Coach Certifying Exam Helps Demonstrate Excellence

Posted: May 11, 2018

This June, hundreds of potential health and wellness coaches will take the Health and Wellness Coach Certifying Examination (HWCCE) to demonstrate their competency in helping people achieve their personal goals for health and wellbeing.

National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) leadership and executive leaders from the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaches (ICHWC) collaborated on the first national certification for individual health and wellness coaches.
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NBME Collaborates with Hospital Sírio-Libanês

Posted: May 11, 2018

After a recent meeting in Brazil to discuss its ongoing collaboration activities with NBME, Hospital Sírio-Libanês (HSL) hosted a symposium with attendees from the student body and faculty of a number of medical schools, government officials, and other healthcare luminaries.  The symposium, presented in Portuguese with a simultaneous English translator, provided insight into the NBME/HSL collaboration, the Qualifications in Medicine (QM)  exams, and progress toward fostering a culture of assessment in Brazil.

“In the US we have a culture of assessment,” said M. Brownell Anderson, Vice President for International Programs . “We use examinations to make decisions about people’s progress in educational settings, their qualifications to work in a particular field, drive a car, or offer a service.”

Brazil is seeking to build a culture in which healthcare professions can demonstrate the appropriate standard of care.
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Employees donate art supplies to Children’s Hospital through Lucy Belle’s Rainbow

Posted: May 10, 2018

From March 12 through April 16, employees at the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) collected art supplies for “swag bags” donated to children undergoing treatment at a local children’s hospital.

The NBME proudly supports employee involvement in the community through a dedicated “Volunteering at NBME” group, which fundraises for and builds relationships with several local organizations. The NBME also provides employees with paid volunteer hours that employees are encouraged to use to support causes about which they are passionate.

The NBME worked with Lucy Belle’s Rainbow for the collection of crayons, sketchbooks, watercolor kits, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils, and other supplies. Lucy Belle’s Rainbow is an initiative to bring the power of art and art therapy to children undergoing cancer treatment, in an effort to help children and their families cope with stress. The organization was inspired by the memory of Lucy Belle Perkins “whose love of art and all things beautiful will always exist.”

To learn more about Lucy’s Belle’s Rainbow, including where you can donate or how to become involved, click here.

Education grants awarded to organizations in Brazil and Mexico

Posted: May 07, 2018

The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) Latin America Grants Program awarded grants to three collaborations of Latin American medical schools for their proposals to enhance the quality of evaluation in health professions education in their respective regions. The Latin America Grants Committee selected the recipients in February after receiving more than a dozen proposals.

Over its 103-year history, the NBME has pursued and maintained the highest standards of excellence in its examination programs. As part of its Centennial celebration in 2015, the NBME supported three consortia of Latin American medical schools in their work to develop evaluation capacity in their countries. Building on the success of that program, the Latin America Grants Program presented the three recent awards.

Each proposal selected includes ideas for sustainable faculty development activities, creation of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), and development of a methodology for longitudinal assessment of abilities and skills acquired over the course of a medical internship. The proposals are designed to have a broad, sustainable impact by building local capacity to evaluate key learning outcomes in the education of those pursuing health professions. They are also expected to improve program quality at participating schools.
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RENEW Task Force Seeks to Support Examinee Wellness

Posted: April 17, 2018

The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) is committed, along with like-minded organizations, to identifying potential sources of burnout for physicians in training and contributing to solutions. In February, the NBME convened the inaugural Re-examining Exams: NBME Effort on Wellness (RENEW) task force. The organization’s goal in this initiative is to address the challenge of physician wellness and to acknowledge the stress caused by working in the health professions that begins during the educational and training processes.

The RENEW Task Force was created to:

  • Understand the role high-stakes exams, such as the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®), as well as secondary uses of those exams, play in affecting medical student and physician wellness.
  • Develop and execute a research agenda that will lead to actionable interventions to promote wellness and mitigate burnout.
  • Support actionable interventions to promote wellness amongst learners and trainees in the context of assessment.

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Outreach to Students Continues

Posted: April 10, 2018

April 10, 2018 — In an effort to broaden its outreach, colleagues from the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program hosted the inaugural meeting of the Medical Student and Resident Advisory Panel to the USMLE Program. The meeting, facilitated by staff from the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), was held at the FSMB’s headquarters in Euless, TX. The meeting was designed to:

  • Collect feedback from medical students and residents on issues and topics specific to USMLE
  • Test assumptions about the USMLE with an examinee audience
  • Gain insight into the perspective of examinees on USMLE policy issues

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Dr. Paul Cunningham awarded 2018 Jacobi Medallion

Posted: April 10, 2018

Executive Board member, Dr. Paul Cunningham, received the 2018 Jacobi Medallion for his contributions to the medical profession and for his achievements in academic leadership.

In addition to serving on the NBME Executive Board, Dr. Cunningham is Dean Emeritus of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He served as Dean at Brody School of Medicine from 2008-2016.

Dr. Cunningham was awarded the 2018 Jacobi Medallion on March 15 from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, which is also where Dr. Cunningham completed his residency in surgery.
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NBME Announces Stemmler Grant Awards

Posted: April 10, 2018

The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) announced that the 2017-2018 Stemmler Grant award winners are from University of Michigan, University of Calgary and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

This year, three projects were chosen to receive grant funds, totaling $393,549 in funds designed to provide support for research or development of innovative assessment approaches that will enhance the evaluation of those preparing to, or continuing to, practice medicine.
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2017 NBME Annual Report Available

Posted: April 10, 2018

NBME’s 2017 Annual Report and Committee & Volunteer Directory is now available. It features our progress to put customers first. View the latest report online and the Directory of USMLE & NBME Committees & Volunteers now.

Updated Educator Guide Online

Posted: April 10, 2018

Faculty can learn how to write high-quality, multiple-choice questions related to the foundational and clinical sciences by viewing NBME’s updated Educator Guide.

New Histology Basic Science Subject Exam Launches July 2018

Posted: April 04, 2018

On July 2, 2018, the NBME will launch a new Histology Basic Science subject examination. This exam will replace the current Histology and Cell Biology exam beginning with exam administrations on July 2 and moving forward.
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Dr. Louis Pangaro selected by NBME as Recipient of the 2018 John P. Hubbard Award

Posted: March 22, 2018

The National Board of Medical Examiners is pleased to announce that Louis N. Pangaro, MD was selected as the recipient of the 2018 John P. Hubbard Award.
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Dr. Theodorus Jan (Olle) ten Cate selected by NBME as Recipient of the 2017 John P. Hubbard Award

Posted: April 5, 2017

The National Board of Medical Examiners is pleased to announce that Theodorus Jan (Olle) ten Cate, PhD was selected as the recipient of the 2017 John P. Hubbard Award.
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Dr. Peter J. Katsufrakis Appointed President of National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).

Posted: February 2, 2017

Following a national search, the Executive Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners has selected Peter J. Katsufrakis, MD, MBA to lead the NBME as its next president.
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NBME Activities at the 2016 AAMC Annual Meeting

Posted: September 15, 2016

The NBME will host a variety of sessions in conjunction with the 2016 AAMC Annual Meeting, November 11-15, in Seattle, Washington. Activities include interactive exhibits, focus groups, demonstrations, and workshops designed to elicit ideas and feedback on USMLE and NBME assessment services. Session details are listed below. Invitations for closed sessions will be sent in early October.
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Eric S. Holmboe Selected as Recipient of 2016 John P. Hubbard Award

Posted: April 4, 2016

The National Board of Medical Examiners is pleased to announce that Eric Holmboe, MD was selected as the recipient of the 2016 John P. Hubbard Award.
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Step 2 CS FAQs

Posted: April 1, 2016

New FAQs regarding the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam have been posted to the USMLE website.

NBME and the VA: Joining Forces to Help Veterans and Their Families

Posted: November 10, 2015

With a generous grant from the Veterans Administration, the NBME is pleased to do its part to help ensure good healthcare for military personnel and their families. Read about it here: http://khn.org/news/its-on-the-test-new-questions-require-doctors-to-learn-about-military-medicine/

NBME and the 2015 AAMC Annual and Medical Education Meetings

Posted: October 15, 2015

The NBME will host a variety of sessions in conjunction with the 2015 AAMC Annual Meeting (November 6-10) and the AAMC Medical Education Meeting (November 10-12) in Baltimore, MD. Activities include interactive exhibits, focus groups, demonstrations, and workshops designed to elicit ideas and feedback on USMLE and NBME assessment services.
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New Customized Test Battery Platform

Posted: September 30, 2015

Based on feedback from faculty, the NBME has developed the Customized Test Battery platform, which enables administration of a series of exams using a combination of fixed-form, standardized subject tests and examinations created through the Customized Assessment Services (CAS) program. The Customized Test Battery platform can expand your assessment capabilities. For example:

  • If your curriculum emphasizes fundamental science in the clerkship, you can administer a clinical science subject test along with a custom module of items covering associated basic science concepts.
  • You can administer a basic science subject test and supplement the exam with items from other basic science content and/or with advanced clinical vignettes to match your assessment needs.

The "Battery Builder" is housed on the Build Exam tab of the NBME Services Portal (NSP). The tool is easy to use and includes the functionality to:

  • create a test battery from a list of all NBME subject tests and any customized exams that are also available in the online ordering system
  • set the test delivery sequence for the selected exams
  • place one or more "off the clock" breaks between exams
  • lock, edit, copy and delete test batteries

Test batteries are intended for administration to a single group of examinees and delivered in one exam session. The NBME web-based testing proctoring system has been modified to reflect test battery administrations. The examinations are scored separately, and reports are posted to the appropriate subject exam or CAS folders in NSP.

Suzanne Anderson Elected Chair of the NBME

Posted: May 21, 2015

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is pleased to announce that Suzanne T. Anderson was elected to a two-year term as Chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
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Larry Gruppen Selected as Recipient of 2015 John P. Hubbard Award

Posted: May 13, 2015

The NBME is pleased to announce that Larry D. Gruppen, PhD was selected as the recipient of the 2015 John P. Hubbard Award.
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Phased Elimination of Paper-based Subject Examination Program Services

Posted: April 2, 2015
Updated: May 8, 2015

The NBME transitioned all basic science and clinical science subject examinations to a web-based format in 2012. In October 2014, all schools were advised to transition to web-based testing for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year.

Plan to Eliminate Paper-based versions of the Clinical Science Subject Examinations

The paper-based versions of the Clinical Neurology, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery subject examinations are at the end of their useful lives as measures of current knowledge and practice. During the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year, NBME staff plan to actively manage the reduction and ultimate depletion of existing inventories of these outdated paper exams. It is projected that the current stock of these examinations will begin to run out after the end of the 2015 calendar year.

Beginning in January 2016, the paper-based versions of these examinations originally developed in 2010 will be retired. As this will further limit the inventory of paper examinations in rotation, there will be increased likelihood that schools may receive a recently administered form. As long as stock remains in these Clinical Science disciplines, we will continue to provide schools with these examinations in paper-based format through June 2016.

Reminder about Eliminating Paper-based Subject Examination Program Services

As a reminder, the first phase of the discontinuation of paper goes into effect August 1, 2015, when the following examinations will no longer be available for administration via paper-based format:

  • Introduction to Clinical Diagnosis (added)
  • Family Medicine
  • Comprehensive Clinical Science
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Histology and Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

Also effective July 23, 2015, expedited score reporting (a.k.a. "Rush Score Reports") for paper-based examinations will no longer be offered.

If you have any questions, please contact the NBME Subject Examinations team at subjectexams@nbme.org.

Characteristics of Clinical Clerkships: NBME Survey Results

Posted: January 26, 2015

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is pleased to announce that detailed results of the Characteristics of Clinical Clerkships Survey are now available. In 2012, the NBME emailed Executive Chief Proctors at over 200 medical schools and satellite campuses asking them to forward an invitation to complete an on-line questionnaire to the clerkship directors in:

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Family Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

The purpose of the survey was to gather descriptive information about clerkship characteristics and use of computer case simulations. Data gathered for each clerkship included type and length of clerkship rotations, curriculum type for the 2012-2013 academic year, purpose of the exam, and for the 2011-2012 academic year, procedures used to determine minimum passing scores, minimum passing score and the score required to achieve Honors. We hope you will find these results informative.

Assessment of Professional Behaviors Materials Available in DREAM

Posted: December 18, 2014

The NBME is pleased to announce that its Assessment of Professional Behaviors (APB) program is now available through the Directory and Repository of Educational Assessment Measures (DREAM), a peer-reviewed collection of tools within MedEdPORTAL. The APB program materials are available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license, and are thus free for use in the educational setting.

The APB program was developed to support continuous learning around communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism, and practice-based learning and improvement. It is centered on a multisource feedback instrument, designed to be administered using an electronic evaluation system. The materials available for download include assessment instruments, implementation guidance, sample feedback reports, and training modules for raters and for feedback facilitators. A third-party, peer -reviewed critical analysis is included in the download package.

You can access the APB material here. After more than 10 years of development, the NBME is pleased to provide this tool as a service to the educational community.

Data Commons Launches Physician Data Services

Posted: August 1, 2014

Washington, D.C., July 28, 2014 — Data Commons, LLC, a new company that delivers data about physicians, launched its first services today. Data Commons provides data about physician enrollment, licensure and certification-on-demand and directly from multiple source organizations — all through a single hub.
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Notice about the Heartbleed Bug

Posted: April 14, 2014

The NBME has been working to assess the impact on our customers in the wake of the recent disclosure of CVE-2014-0160, known colloquially as the "Heartbleed" bug. The Heartbleed bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL encryption software library used to secure the Internet.
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Robyn Tamblyn Selected as 2014 Hubbard Award Recipient

Posted: April 10, 2014

The NBME is pleased to announce that Robyn Tamblyn, BScN, MSc, PhD was selected as the recipient of the 2014 John P. Hubbard Award.
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Succeed on your career path

Posted: March 19, 2014
Preferred standard for career documentation by the AAMC and NBME

The Pivio® system is a new software tool that will connect data needed by medical students, residents, and physicians across their academic and professional careers, in order to assist users with lifelong learning, career planning, and individual growth. The Pivio® service is a “secure lock box” that will enable users to control the storage and transfer of data created throughout their academic and professional careers.
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NBME Plans Its Centennial

Posted: August 1, 2013

On May 5, 2015, the NBME will complete 100 years of service to the public and the professions.
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NBME Executive Board Election

Posted: June 14, 2013

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is pleased to announce newly elected as well as re-elected members of the National Board of Medical Examiners Board of Directors ("NBME Executive Board"). The election occured at the Annual Meeting of the NBME Membership on April 5, 2013 in Philadelphia.
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2014 John P. Hubbard Award: Call for Nominations

Posted: May 21, 2013

The due date for letters of nomination for the 2014 John P. Hubbard Award is September 12, 2013. Information about the Hubbard Award is found at the link below.
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Stemmler Fund Call for Letters of Intent

Posted: April 22, 2013

The due date for the 2013-2014 Call for Letters of Intent is July 1, 2013.  An overview of the Letter of Intent application process is provided in the link below.
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NBME Partners to Launch Data Commons, LLC

Posted: April 15, 2013

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and several other leading national physician education and assessment organizations have announced their partnership to launch the Data Commons, LLC. The Data Commons is an information-sharing company that is developing a system to improve the accessibility and use of data about physicians and other healthcare professionals. The core of this new system is a secure data hub that will allow multiple organizations to make available selected information from their individual databases. The five other organizations joining in the partnership are the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics, the Association of American Medical Colleges®, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, and the Federation of State Medical Boards. The Data Commons, LLC, is a joint partnership that will administer the new system.
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Kevin Eva Selected as 2013 Hubbard Award Recipient

Posted: April 9, 2013

The NBME is pleased to announce that Kevin Eva, PhD was selected as the recipient of the 2013 John P. Hubbard Award.
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2012 Fall/Winter NBME Examiner Now Available!

Posted: November 9, 2012

The 2012 Fall/Winter Examiner includes articles on NBME Renewal, the new Global Evaluation Management System (GEMS), and NBME's new online item-writing tutorial.
Read the 2012 Fall/Winter Examiner

International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM) Clinical Science Exam Administered Nationwide in Lebanon

Posted: July 14, 2011

The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®), in conjunction with the Faculties of Medicine at the American University of Beirut, Beirut Arab University, Lebanese University, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth, and University of Balamand, is pleased to announce the first nationwide administration of the International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM) Clinical Science Examination (CSE). Approximately 300 students from these six Lebanese medical faculties participated in the examination, administered on July 14, 2011 at the Lebanese University.
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2012 Hubbard Award Call for Nominations

Posted: July 8, 2011

The NBME invites nominations for the 2012 John P. Hubbard Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the assessment of professional competency and educational program development at any level along the continuum of medical education and delivery of healthcare.
Learn More About the 2012 Call For Nominations

Lewis R. First Elected Chair of the NBME

Posted: April 11, 2011

We are pleased to announce that Lewis R. First, MD, MS was elected to a two-year term as Chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners at the Annual Meeting of the NBME Membership on April 1, 2011.
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Judy Shea selected by NBME as recipient of 2011 John P. Hubbard Award

Posted: March 31, 2011

The NBME is pleased to announce that Judy A. Shea, PhD was selected as the recipient of the 2011 John P. Hubbard Award. The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. Susan M. Spaulding, a member of the 2011 Hubbard Award Committee, announced Dr. Shea’s selection at the Annual Meeting of the NBME Membership on March 31, 2011.
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March 2011 Comprehensive Review of USMLE Update

Posted: March 17, 2011

Since our last update in June 2010, staff has completed successful pilot work in several areas. Test material committees have developed multiple choice questions that assess an examinee’s ability to appropriately interpret information presented both in the form of a research abstract and a pharmaceutical advertisement. Additional study is planned, and the items that ultimately appear in the examination may differ from the current design being tested.
Read More About the Comprehensive Review March Update

2010 Fall/Winter NBME Examiner Now Available!

Posted: September 2010

The 2010 Fall/Winter Examiner includes articles on the fall 2010 IAMRA conference and new item formats that are under development.
Read the 2010 Fall/Winter Examiner

NBME Development of a Certifying Examination for Doctors of Nursing Practice

Posted: March 2008

The NBME announced in March 2008 that it had entered into a contractual agreement with the Council for the Advancement of Comprehensive Care (CACC) to develop a certification examination for qualified graduates of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs across the United States.
Learn More About DNP Development

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