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History of the National Board of Medical Examiners

            The NBME is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality examinations for the health professions. Its mission is to protect the health of the public through state of the art assessment, and it also has a major commitment to research and development in evaluation and measurement.  The NBME was founded in 1915 because of the need for a voluntary, nationwide examination that medical licensing authorities could accept as the standard by which to judge candidates for medical licensure.  Since that time, it has continued without interruption to provide high quality examinations for this purpose and has become a model and a resource of international stature in testing methodologies and evaluation in medicine.


United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)

            The USMLE assesses a physician�s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.  Results of the USMLE are reported to medical licensing authorities in the United States for their use in granting the initial license to practice medicine. The USMLE is co-sponsored and co-owned by the NBME and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). It is administered in three steps: Step 1; Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS); and Step 3.


Other NBME Programs and Services

The NBME provides subject examinations in areas covering basic science and clinical science disciplines. These secure, nationally norm referenced examinations are appropriate for administration as end-of-course or end-of-clerkship assessments and are provided to medical schools in the United States and internationally.


The NBME provides testing, educational, consultative, and research services to a number of medical specialty boards, societies, and health sciences organizations. Services include developing, administering, and analyzing examinations for certification, recertification, in-training, self-assessment, or evaluation of special competence.


The NBME also offers web-based self-assessments for US and international medical students and graduates. The self-assessments cover content in the areas of basic science, clinical science, and clinical medicine.


The Post-Licensure Assessment System (PLAS) is a joint activity of the NBME and FSMB and was developed to assist medical licensing authorities in assessing licensed or previously licensed physicians who have already been licensed. The PLAS includes the Special Purpose Examination (SPEX�) and the Assessment Center Program.


Legal Ramifications

The NBME has a legal responsibility and right to protect its intellectual property.  The NBME regularly reviews postings on eBay and does and will enforce its intellectual property rights under appropriate law.  The NBME�s name and emblem are trademarks and are both federally registered with the Patent and Trademark Office.  Both trademarks are the sole and exclusive property of the NBME.  A current listing of NBME�s trademarks can be found online at

The materials (i.e., test questions, clinical computer simulations, and standardized patient cases) of the USMLE and of NBME�s self-assessment program and subject examinations are copyrighted.  Publishing any �remembered� materials or replicas of these materials is an unauthorized reproduction of NBME�s materials, constitutes copyright infringement and is strictly prohibited.  None of the NBME or USMLE copyrighted material or portions thereof may be duplicated, copied or distributed by any means without the express permission of the copyright holders.  The NBME intends to take infringers who ignore the copyright notice and engage in illegal selling of trademarked material to court, where it will seek all the remedies for copyright and trademark infringement available under federal law, including damages and injunctive relief.  Any violation of NBME�s copyrights and trademarks can not only lead to legal sanctions, but can also have professional consequences.  Medical students and medical school graduates, prospective students, examinees of the USMLE and NBME self-assessment examinations and subject examinations are reminded that they are bound to the terms they agreed to follow regarding disclosure of intellectual property prior to the administration of one of these examinations.  Failure to adhere to the terms of these policies will subject an individual to various penalties up to and including being barred from future USMLE examinations.