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Date Updated: January 17, 2012

Clinical Science: Family Medicine Modular

As part of NBME’s ongoing effort to align the Family Medicine subject exam with curriculum goals, we have restructured the exam to incorporate a new modular design. This new web-based exam contains the following components:

  • Core 80-item exam: this exam mirrors the previous Family Medicine subject exam, 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
Distribution Across Age Groups
Childhood
5%–15%
Adolescence
5%–10%
Adulthood
65%–75%
Geriatric
10%–15%
General Principles
10%–15%
Infancy and childhood (normal growth and development)
Adolescence (sexuality, separation from parents/autonomy; puberty)
Senescence (normal physical and mental changes associated with aging)
Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence
Applied Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology
Patient Safety
Organ Systems
Immunologic Disorders
1%–5%
Diseases of the Blood and Blood-forming Organs
1%–5%
Mental Disorders
5%–10%
Diseases of the Nervous System and Special Senses
5%–10%
Cardiovascular Disorders
10%–15%
Diseases of the Respiratory System
10%–15%
Nutritional and Digestive Disorders
10%–15%
Gynecologic Disorders
5%–10%
Renal, Urinary, and Male Reproductive System
5%–10%
Disorders of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Puerperium
1%–5%
Disorders of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissues
1%–5%
Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue (content allocation increases to 15%-20% with the addition of the Musculoskeletal module)
5%–10%
Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
5%–10%
Physician Task
Promoting Health and Health Maintenance
15%–20%
Understanding Mechanisms of Disease
5%–10%
Establishing a Diagnosis
30%–35%
Applying Principles of Management
25%–30%

 

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