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ABOUT NBME

Located in Philadelphia’s vibrant University City neighborhood, NBME is a mission-driven organization that specializes in the creation of high-quality assessment and learning tools.

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Our Mission

Protecting the Health of the Public through State of the Art Assessment

At NBME, we are passionate about our mission to protect the health of the public through state-of-the-art assessments of health professionals. While centered on assessment of physicians, this mission encompasses the spectrum of health professionals along the continuum of education, training and practice and includes research in evaluation as well as development of assessment instruments.

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Our Vision

Improving Healthcare around the World through Assessment

Through the creation of effective assessment and learning tools for health professionals, we hope to improve the quality of care for patients around the world.

NBME Key Points

In addition to offering assessment tools for every stage of the medical school journey, NBME aims to build meaningful collaborations and make lasting contributions to the health care community. 

Our Capabilities

We evolve to meet the changing needs of the health care community, creating exams with advanced test development strategies, psychometric expertise, and insights gained through research.

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Our Collaborations

Our assessments are produced in collaboration with educators and practicing physicians who comprise our nationwide faculty—the core component in creating high-quality examinations.

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Our Contributions

We work to empower medical educators through our grants, awards, and related programs, while providing opportunities for continuous learning in the health care community.

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Our History

NBME was founded in 1915 with the two primary goals:

  1. To elevate the standard of qualification for the practice of medicine and surgery
  2. To provide a means for recognition of qualified persons to practice in any state, territory, or dependency of the United States without further examination by their licensing boards

Since that time, we have worked to advance the science of assessment and make lasting contributions to the medical education community. 

View an interactive timeline of our history to learn more.