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Date Updated: August 8, 2019

Schools & Residency Programs

The NBME provides assessment services to medical schools, students and residents through a number of programs.

Medical School and Student Assessments

  • Customized Assessment Services (CAS) enables medical school faculty to build high-quality exams tailored to local curricula using NBME’s validated test questions. Beginning in 2019, we now offer clinical science content in CAS to further support integrated clinical curricula at medical schools.
  • The Global Evaluation Management System® (GEMS®) is a comprehensive, integrated online platform for creating, managing and delivering examinations.
  • The Subject Examination Program includes the discipline-based basic and clinical science subject exams, the comprehensive basic science and clinical science exams, and the advanced clinical exams (designed to assess performance at the end of the medical school sub-internship).
  • The NBME worked with the American Medical Association to develop and pilot The Health Systems Science Examination in collaboration with medical faculty experts in Health Systems Science. Faculty can use this high quality, standardized assessment tool to support the implementation of Health Systems Science curricula and educational initiatives. Together with clini-cal and basic science instruction, Health Systems Science prepares medical students for effective clinical practice.
  • The NBME offers web-based Self-Assessments for US and international medical students and graduates; a voucher program is available for medical schools.
  • The International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM) Examination Program provides accessible, high-quality examinations that help medical schools and other organizations around the world assess students’ knowledge and compare their performance against an international standard. The program comprises a comprehensive basic science exam (IFOM BSE), a comprehensive clinical science exam (IFOM CSE), and a clinical science self-assessment.
  • Faculty Services include item-writing workshops, and Medical School Liaison activities include the Advisory Committee for Medical School Programs.

Resident Assessments

  • The web-based Advanced Clinical Examinations (ACE) are designed to assess performance at the end of the medical school sub-internship. Residency program directors have also found them useful for assessing baseline competency of incoming residents. The ACE aids in early identification of knowledge gaps so that instruction may be tailored accordingly.

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