New Health Systems Science (HSS) Examination Now Available to All Medical Schools

Posted August 29, 2019

Faculty can now use the Health Systems Science (HSS) Examination, a high-quality, standardized assessment developed in collaboration with the American Medical Association, as a new tool to support the implementation of HSS curricula and educational initiatives. Together with clinical and basic science instruction, HSS prepares medical students for effective clinical practice during residency and throughout their careers.

Some benefits of using the HSS Exam:

  • You will be able to provide students with feedback to evaluate areas of strength and weakness as well as to assess readiness (in HSS content) for residency;
  • Faculty can use this as a resource to supplement and evaluate their educational programs; and,
  • Schools can measure curriculum effectiveness as well as monitor the impact of curricular interventions.

The fee for this exam is the same as the clinical science subject exams; however, as a special introduction, there will be no fee charged for schools that order and administer the exam before November 15, 2019.

For more information about the new HSS Examination, including availability, content, purpose, length, cost, score reporting and research components, please review the HSS At-A-Glance and Frequently-Asked-Questions.

If you have any questions about ordering the examination, previewing content, or obtaining score reports, please contact the NBME Subject Examination Services team at

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