This new video series provides students and residents with insights into how NBME test questions are created and used to measure their clinical knowledge. 

Each episode focuses on a different patient scenario and includes an interactive discussion led by physicians who play a key role in developing the content on NBME exams.

Join our Medical Advisors, Tom Rebbecchi, MD and Miguel Paniagua, MD, as they walk a student panel through a clinical vignette and answer options, explaining how they would approach the scenario and examining the author's rationale.

Endocrinology (Diabetes)

In this episode of Unlocking Assessment, Miguel and Tom explore the clinical vignette of a two-part NBME test question. Without an option set for the first part, panelists are asked to share their thought process for the next best steps in management of a pediatric patient with diabetes mellitus type 1.

Watch now to view the full discussion and to determine how your approach compares to the student panel.


In the third episode of Unlocking Assessment, Tom and Miguel review a question centered around a patient with Parkinson’s disease.

Follow along with the student panel as they determine the most appropriate next step for the patient and share tips on how they approach NBME test questions. 

Obstetrics & Gynecology

In this episode of Unlocking Assessment, Tom and Miguel examine a two-part question on obstetrics and gynecology.

Join the student panel as they discuss the most appropriate pharmacotherapy for the patient and then determine the most likely reason for a recurring symptom four days later.

Gastrointestinal System

In the first episode of Unlocking Assessment, Tom and Miguel offer insights into a question on the gastrointestinal system.

Watch now to see if you reach the same diagnosis as the student panel and follow along with their discussion on strategies for approaching the patient scenario.

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