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Date Updated: October 18, 2017

Clinical Science: Family Medicine Modular

The NBME Family Medicine Modular Exam contains the following components:

  • Core exam: this exam covers a wide range of Family Medicine content, including health maintenance and common chronic care issues.
  • Optional module in Musculoskeletal/Sports-related injury: This module consists of 10 items that focus on diagnosis and management of common musculoskeletal problems.
  • Optional module in Chronic Care: This 10-item module is designed to provide a supplement to the Core exam with additional chronic care items that emphasize continuity of care.

The Clinical Science Family Medicine Modular content outline includes:

Outline
System  
General Principles, Including Normal Age-Related Findings and Care of the Well Patient
5%–10%
Immune System
1%–5%
Blood & Lymphoreticular System
1%–5%
Behavioral Health
5%–10%
Nervous System & Special Senses
1%–5%
Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue
3%–7%
Musculoskeletal System (% increases with the addition of the Musculoskeletal module)
5%–10%
Cardiovascular System
5%–10%
Respiratory System
5%–10%
Gastrointestinal System
5%–10%
Renal & Urinary System
1%–5%
Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium
1%–5%
Female Reproductive System & Breast
1%–5%
Male Reproductive System
1%–5%
Endocrine System
5%–10%
Multisystem Processes & Disorders
1%–5%
Biostatistics, Epidemiology/Population Health, & Interpretation of the Medical Lit.
1%–5%
Social Sciences
5%–10%
  Communication and interpersonal skills
  Medical ethics and jurisprudence
  Systems-based practice and patient safety
Physician Task  
Health Maintenance, Prevention & Surveillance
20%–25%
Diagnosis, including Foundational Science Concepts
40%–50%
Pharmacotherapy, Intervention & Management
25%–30%
Site of Care  
Ambulatory
100%
Patient Age  
Birth to 17
15%–20%
18 to 65
55%–65%
66 and older
15%–20%

 

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