August 2021 Edition of NBME Impact Report Now Available

Posted July 29, 2021

To highlight NBME's responses to the needs of those across the medical education community, the latest edition of NBME Impact: A Community Report is now available. In this edition, you can read about:

  • Continued efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that includes the newly convened Patient Characteristics Advisory Panel and community giving through complementary learning resources. 
  • How NBME is addressing challenges of the transition from medical school to residency. This encompasses NBME's support of the Coalition for Physician Accountability and actions to implement USMLE Step 1 pass/fail scoring.
  • Exam creation processes as visualized in Journey of an Item, Automated Item Generation (AIG), added answer explanations to NBME Self-Assessments, and an upcoming NBME-hosted conference, Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Assessment.
  • Improvements to the exam day experience such as the introduction of the StopIt app and other Prometric test administration resources.

 We encourage you to share NBME Impact: A Community Report with those in your educational and professional networks. If you have any questions or comments about the content within this report, please email

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