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Date Updated: November 10, 2015


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Internal Medicine Advanced Clinical Examination

Posted: December 22, 2010

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Internal Medicine Advanced Clinical Examination (ACE). The ACE is a web-based examination that assists residency program directors in assessing the baseline competency of incoming residents. It is also used to measure the effectiveness of the fourth year subinternship experience. The examination can be ordered and administered via the NBME Services Portal.
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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.
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