The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) is pleased to announce that Christopher C. Colenda, III, MD, was elected to a two-year term as an at-large member of the National Board of Medical Examiners Executive Board.
Dr. Colenda serves as The Jean and Thomas McMullin Dean of Medicine and Vice President for Clinical Affairs at The Texas A&M Health Science Center. He has been a member of NBME since 2006, representing the American Association of Medical Colleges.
The NBME is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality examinations for the health professions. Protection of the health of the public through state of the art assessment is the mission of the NBME, along with a major commitment to research and development in evaluation and measurement. The NBME develops the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®), which provides a common evaluation system for applicants seeking initial licensure to practice medicine in the United States. USMLE is a joint program of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Federation of State Medical Boards. Results of USMLE are reported to individual licensing authorities in the United States and its territories for use in granting the initial license to practice medicine.
The NBME’s examinations and services are also widely used by the medical education system. In addition, the NBME provides testing, educational, consultative, and research services to a number of medical specialty boards and societies and healthcare organizations in the United States and internationally.
The membership of the NBME has ultimate responsibility for establishing policy for the NBME and for electing its board of directors, the Executive Board. The NBME membership is composed of approximately 80 individuals representing the academic community, national professional organizations, state licensing boards, students, residents, the federal government and the public. It meets annually in March. The Executive Board, consisting of ten individuals, meets regularly to consider questions of policy and to act for the NBME membership between annual meetings.