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NBME ASSESSMENT ALLIANCE

Find out how the NBME Assessment Alliance is facilitating meaningful collaborations within the medical education community

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The NBME Assessment Alliance supports collaboration within the medical education community through the OSCE for Clinical Reasoning Creative Community, the Stemmler Fund, the Emerging Innovator Research Grant Program, and Latin America grants.

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OSCE for Clinical Reasoning Creative Community

The purpose of the OSCE for Clinical Reasoning Creative Community is to collectively develop solutions that promote and measure clinical reasoning using school-based OSCEs.

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Objectives

This Creative Community is designed to identify and develop incremental solutions with the goal of:

  • Enhancing the development and assessment of learner clinical reasoning skills
  • Presenting patient groups without bias or stereotypes
  • Minimizing group differences in learner outcomes
  • Enabling all institutions to better support learner skill development across the continuum of medical education and training

Community Updates

October 2023 Update

Over the past 15 months, the OSCE for Clinical Reasoning Creative Community has been engaging faculty representatives from the selected 10 medical schools as our thought partners and research collaborators.

This engagement has now branched out to medical students with the recent launch of the Creative Community Student Advisory Committee, a group of 10 medical students representing a diverse cross-section of students from the Creative Community schools. Each student's unique background, identity, and experiences will bring a different perspective to the committee. With a dual role as Content Reviewers and Communications Liaisons, these students will engage in meaningful discussions and provide crucial feedback to enhance the project’s outputs.

The Advisory Committee includes the following students:

  • Alyssa Jade Edgar, 2nd year, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Blaire Rikard, 3rd year, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Chidi Orizu, 3rd year, Howard University College of Medicine
  • Jonathan Hulse, 5th year, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, MD/PhD
  • Madison Lawrence Fitzgerald, 2nd year, University of Connecticut Medical School
  • Nick Weissman, 3rd year, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Paetyn Mychal Cage, 3rd year, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Ryanne Burke, 4th year, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Scott Henderson, 4th year, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
  • Shivani Gupta, 3rd year, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

DEI Review and Framework Feedback

The committee will review the developing OSCE for Clinical Reasoning assessment through a lens focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, by offering unique insights into the challenges and opportunities within their educational journeys, the students will be essential in the development of a formative feedback framework for clinical reasoning skill development.

Communications Liaison

Serving as a bridge between the project and fellow students, committee members will share project updates and piloting opportunities. They will also be the voice of their peers, communicating student inquiries to NBME. We hope that this will foster a genuine connection with the student community.

By collaborating with these students, NBME is taking an intentionally inclusive approach to the development of assessments and resources that are responsive to the diverse and evolving needs of the medical community. 

 

January 2023 Update

Since the selection of our Community members in April 2022, NBME staff and Creative Community members have been engaged in the following activities:

  • Ideating solutions to assess clinical reasoning using the OSCE format: Numerous challenges were described and prioritized, and the Community has begun to consider creative solutions, varying from new post-encounter exercises to new case formats to new platforms of assessment.
  • Formulating sub-teams to focus on distinct competencies within the domain of clinical reasoning: Each team is focused on  specific clinical reasoning skills.
  • Ensuring alignment with evidence-centered approaches to assessment development: While each sub-team works independently to ideate solutions, NBME staff provide guidance on evidence-centered principles to ensure that the assessment development process supports the inferences that educators want to make about learners.  

 

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Looking ahead into 2023, the OSCE Creative Community will plan proof-of-concept pilots for the new assessment approaches developed from the sub-teams and begin to engage medical students in this work.

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Meet the OSCE Creative Community Participants

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Laurie Caines, M.D. - University of Connecticut School of Medicine

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Analia Castiglioni, M.D. - University of Central Florida College of Medicine

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David Gordon, M.D. - Duke University School of Medicine

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Khadeja Johnson, M.D. - Morehouse School of Medicine

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Matthew Kelleher, M.D., M.Ed. - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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Debra Klamen, M.D., M.H.P.E. - Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

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Kristen Mitchell, D.O - University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Candace Pau, M.D. - Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

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Vishal Poddar, M.D. - Howard University College of Medicine

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Jan Veesart, M.D. - University of New Mexico School of Medicine

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Sharon Dowell, M.B.B.S., M.S - Howard University College of Medicine

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Other Assessment Alliance Initiatives

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NBME Contributions

Stemmler Fund

The Stemmler Fund supports researchers in their work to develop innovative approaches for the assessment of medical education.

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NBME Contributions

Emerging Innovator Research Grant Program

This program is designed to empower early- to mid-career faculty, researchers, and program leaders.

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NBME Contributions

Latin America Grants

Latin America grants help to enrich the development and evaluation of health professionals in Latin America.

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