Health Profession Services
Organizations that Work with the NBME
NBME provides testing, education, consultative, and research services for a range of health profession organizations including medical specialty boards and societies, the veterinary licensing board, and allied health professional organizations. Included among the organizations supported by the NBME are:
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.
The American Board of Addiction Medicine collaborates with the NBME to develop and offer a rigorous certifying 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
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.
The American Board of Medical Genetics, a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, certifies individuals and accredits training programs in the field of human genetics. Since 1981, the NBME has worked with ABMG to reinforce its commitment to quality care by developing, administering, and scoring certifying examinations in clinical genetics, clinical biochemical genetics, clinical cytogenetics, and clinical molecular genetics. For more information about the ABMG and its certifying examinations, visit the ABMG website at: http://www.abmg.org.
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 paper-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/content/default.asp.
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.
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
The American College of Physicians collaborates with the NBME to administer the paper-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. For more information, visit the ACP website at http://www.acponline.org/education_recertification/education/in_training.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, currently known as the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy for the Physician. Since that time, IBHRE and NBME have collaborated on the development of additional high quality assessments for allied professionals, the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy for the Allied Professional and the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Allied Professional. For more information about the IBHRE and its examination programs, visit the IBHRE website at: http://www.ibhre.org/Default.htm.
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.
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 is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in North America; the NAVLE licensing examination replaced both the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT) beginning in November 2000. The proctored, web-based QE is required for all candidates in the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence, a certification program offered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for graduates of non-accredited veterinary colleges. The QE covers basic science or pre-clinical subjects taught in the first three years of the curriculum of accredited veterinary schools, but not addressed directly on the NAVLE. 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