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Date Updated: March 17, 2015


Health Profession Services

Organizations that Work with the NBME

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NBME provides testing, education, consultative, and research services for a range of health profession organizations including medical specialty boards and societies, and allied health professional organizations. Included among the organizations supported by the NBME are:

American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)

The American Association of Medical Assistants' Certifying Board has collaborated with the NBME since 1977 to provide high quality test development, administration, scoring, and psychometric services in support of the CMA (AAMA) credentialing program. The Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) credential is awarded to medical assistants who have completed an accredited postsecondary medical assisting program—including a practicum—and passed the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination offered by the AAMA’s Certifying Board. The exam is a rigorous assessment of the knowledge necessary to perform medical assisting administrative and clinical procedures. Following initial certification, the CMA (AAMA) must recertify every five years by continuing education or exam to demonstrate continued competence. For more information about medical assisting and the CMA (AAMA) credential, visit the AAMA website at: www.aama-ntl.org.


American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM)

The American Board of Addiction Medicine collaborates with the NBME to develop and offer a rigorous certification examination that is developed by an expert panel, as well as a maintenance of certification examination to ensure that ABAM-certified physicians maintain life-long competence in Addiction Medicine.  For more information, visit the ABAM website at:  http://www.abam.net.


American Board of Comprehensive Care (ABCC)

The American Board of Comprehensive Care and the NBME collaborate to develop, administer, and score a certification examination for qualified graduates of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs across the United States. The certification examination assesses the knowledge and skills necessary for nurse clinicians to provide safe and effective patient-centered comprehensive care. For more information, visit the ABCC website at: http://www.abcc.dnpcert.org.


American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG)

The American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics, a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, certifies individuals and accredits training programs in the field of medical genetics and genomics. Since 1981, the NBME has worked with ABMGG to reinforce its commitment to quality care by developing, administering, and scoring all of its In-Training, Certification, and Maintenance of Certification examinations. For more information about the ABMGG, its mission, and its certifying examinations, visit the ABMGG website at: http://www.abmgg.org.


American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS)

In 1964 the American Board of Neurological Surgery, a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, began working with the NBME to introduce an In-Training Examination. The usefulness of this comprehensive multiple-choice assessment led the ABNS to incorporate it into the certification process. The web-based Primary Examination is now available to all neurological surgery residents in accredited programs and is considered to be an important step in the process toward certification. The ABNS also develops, delivers, and scores the web-based ABNS Maintenance of Certification Examination in collaboration with the NBME. For additional information about the ABNS and its examination programs, visit the ABNS website at: http://www.abns.org.


American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM)

The American Board of Obesity Medicine serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by establishing a credentialing protocol and maintaining standards for assessment and certification of candidate physicians. Certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine signifies excellence in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved a high level of competency and understanding in obesity care. ABOM collaborates with the NBME to administer the annual credentialing exam. For more information, visit the ABOM website at: http://www.abom.org.


American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)

The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties administers an annual Specialist Certification Examination for the following clinical specialties in Physical Therapy: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary; Clinical Electrophysiology; Geriatrics; Neurology; Orthopaedics; Pediatrics; Sports; and Women’s Health. The purpose of each of the specialist certification examinations is to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in a specialized area of physical therapy practice. The NBME provides test development, administration, scoring, and psychometric services in support of the ABPTS specialty examinations. For more information, visit the ABPTS website at: http://www.apta.org/abpts.


American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP)

The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. in collaboration with the NBME administers the computer-based Health Care Quality and Management Certification Examination. The examination is designed for physicians, health care professionals and health care administrators who wish to demonstrate their knowledge of health care quality and management, including quality assurance, patient safety, risk management, and utilization review. For more information, visit the ABQAURP website at: http://www.abqaurp.org.


American College of Cardiology (ACC)

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) collaborates with the NBME to develop and administer the web-based In-Training Examination (ACC-ITE). The purpose of the ACC-ITE is: to provide an objective assessment instrument for the medical knowledge competency of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; to provide cardiovascular fellows-in-training an opportunity for self-assessment and to identify knowledge gaps; to assist in preparing cardiovascular fellows-in-training for board certification examinations; and to give program directors the opportunity to evaluate their programs. For more information, visit the ACC website at: http://www.cardiosource.org/ITE.


American College of Physicians® (ACP®)

The American College of Physicians collaborates with the NBME to administer the Web-based Internal Medicine In-Training Examination™ (IM-ITE™). The purpose of this examination is to provide residents with an opportunity for self-assessment. In addition, results from the IM-ITE support program directors in evaluating their programs and identifying areas in which residents may need extra assistance. Physicians also may use the results to help them prepare for the maintenance of certification examination. For more information, visit the ACP website at: http://www.acponline.org/education_recertification/education.


American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

The American College of Rheumatology collaborates with the NBME to develop and administer the web-based Adult Rheumatology In-Training Examination (ACR ITE). The purpose of this examination is to gauge the training of Rheumatology fellows and to establish consistency in educational standards. In addition to its intended use as a medical knowledge competency assessment tool, the ITE provides training program directors with feedback about the effectiveness of their curriculum. For more information, visit the ACR website at: http://www.rheumatology.org.


American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS)

The American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery was established in 1979 and exists primarily for the purpose of assisting newly trained osteopathic orthopedic surgeons in the certification process. The purpose of the certification examination is to provide the public with a dependable mechanism to identify physicians who have met a standard to assure competent performance in the field of orthopedic surgery. Certification in Orthopedic Surgery from AOBOS requires completion of a written examination, an oral examination, and a clinical review consisting of a chart audit and observation of surgical cases. The NBME supports the development, administration, and scoring of the AOBOS Certification and Recertification Examinations. For more information, visit AOBOS at: http://www.aobos.org.


American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology collaborates with the NBME to develop and administer the web-based Medical Oncology In-Training Examination. The purpose of this examination is to provide fellows with an evaluation of their progress within their training program and to provide score reports that allow fellows to compare their results with national outcomes. In addition, the performance feedback allows program directors to identify areas of strength and weakness in their programs. For more information, visit the ASCO website at: http://www.asco.org.


American Society of Hematology (ASH)

The American Society of Hematology collaborates with the NBME to develop and administer the web-based Hematology In-Service Examination (ASH ISE). The purpose of this examination is to gauge the training of Hematology fellows and to establish consistency in educational standards. In addition to its intended use as a medical knowledge competency tool, the ASH ISE provides training program directors with feedback about the effectiveness of their curriculum. For more information, visit the ASH website at: http://www.hematology.org.


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society is composed of more than 7,000 physician members and represents more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice, and research in plastic surgery. The Society is a strong advocate for patient safety and requires its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing. ASPS works in concert with The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF). Founded in 1948, The PSF's mission is to improve the quality of patient care through research and development. The Foundation supports research through a variety of grants, clinical trials networks, training programs and forums that encourage innovation in medical devices and techniques. The NBME supports the development, administration, and scoring of the ASPS In-Service Examination administered to those in residency programs for plastic surgery, as well as to practitioners of plastic surgery for purposes of continuing medical education credits. For more information, visit the ASPS at: http://www.plasticsurgery.org.


Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

The Infectious Diseases Society of America collaborates with the NBME to develop and administer the web-based In-Training Examination (ITE). The examination is designed to measure the medical knowledge of Infectious Disease (ID) fellows and to provide an evaluation of their progress. Results of the examination support identification of fellows at risk for failing the ID ABIM examination while they are still enrolled in fellowship training. In addition, ITE results enable program directors to identify subject areas where their program may be performing below the national average and where additional programmatic instruction and self-directed learning may be warranted. For more information, visit the IDSA website at: http://www.idsociety.org/fite.


International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE)

In 1985, the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners selected the NBME to support the development of an assessment for physicians in the field of cardiac pacing. This examination program, currently known as the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy, is now available to allied professionals as well as physicians. Over the years, IBHRE and NBME have collaborated on the development of additional high quality assessments for allied professionals as well as for physicians, including the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Allied Professional, Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Physician (adult and pediatric versions), and the Japan Pacing Examination. For more information about the IBHRE and its examination programs, visit the IBHRE website at: http://www.ibhre.org/.


National Board of Echocardiography, Inc. (NBE)

The National Board of Echocardiography, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1996 to develop and administer examinations in the field of Clinical Echocardiography and recognize those physicians who successfully complete either the Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM), the Recertification Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ReASCE), the Examination of Special Competence in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (PTEeXAM), the Recertification Examination of Special Competence in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (RePTE), or the Examination of Special Competence in Basic Perioperative Transeophageal Echocardiography (Basic PTE). The NBME supports the development, administration, and scoring of these examinations. For more information, visit NBE at: http://www.echoboards.org.


National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME)

The National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners collaborates with the NBME to develop, deliver, and score the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination® (NAVLE®), the Qualifying Examination (QE), and the NAVLE Self-Assessment examination (NAVLE SA). The computer-based NAVLE, available in both English and French, is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in the United States and Canada. The NAVLE licensing examination replaced both the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT) beginning in November 2000. Since 2014, the NBME has been a co-sponsor of the NAVLE. The proctored, web-based QE is offered to veterinary medical schools for their students, as a standardized assessment of basic science knowledge. The unproctored, web-based NAVLE SA examination is available for candidates to use as practice for the NAVLE. The NAVLE SA is available in both English and French and is offered under two timing modes, either self-paced or paced with the same timing structure as that of the NAVLE. For more information about NBVME and its examination programs, visit the NBVME website at: http://www.nbvme.org.


National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA)

The National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants provides the certification process for anesthesiologist assistants in the United States. The National Commission's charter includes assuring the public that certified anesthesiologist assistants (AA-C) meet basic standards related to fund of knowledge and application of that knowledge to the duties of practicing as an anesthesiologist assistant. The certification process for anesthesiologist assistants includes an initial certifying examination, ongoing registration of continuing medical education, and interval examinations for continued demonstration of qualifications. The NBME provides support for the development, administration, and scoring of NCCAA’s Certifying Examination for Anesthesiologist Assistants, the Examination for Continued Demonstration of Qualifications of Anesthesiologist Assistants (CDQ Examination), and the In-Training Exam. For more information, visit the NCCAA at: http://www.aa-nccaa.org.


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