All U.S. physicians must pass three national licensing exams to demonstrate they possess the core competencies to practice medicine. Known as Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination, the tests are developed and managed by the National Board of Medical Examiners, with the help of hundreds of medical faculty from around the country.
The NBME recently acknowledged the help of six faculty in the medical school who volunteered their time and expertise in 2010.
Four faculty served as test committee members, developing and reviewing the test questions from which the USMLE is composed. The NBME carefully chooses test committee members for the challenging task, selecting talented individuals who are highly respected by their peers.
- Isaac K. “Ike” Wood, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education and student affairs, developed and reviewed behavioral sciences test questions for the Step 1 exam
- Edward J. N. Ishac, Ph.D., director of the second-year pharmacology course, developed and reviewed pharmacology and biochemistry questions for the Step 1 exam
- Diane M. Biskobing, M.D., director of the second-year endocrine course, developed and reviewed physiology and cell biology questions for the Step 1 exam
- Douglas S. Franzen, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine and Curriculum Council member, developed and reviewed computer-based case simulation questions for the Step 3 exam
After test questions are developed, the Interdisciplinary Review Committee reviews and approves all items that will be included in the test item library, ensuring the accuracy and currency of all the questions. Wood also served on the IRC for the Step 1 exam, as did James L. Levenson, M.D., professor of psychiatry.
In addition, Michael F. Weaver, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, reviewed the substance use disorders content of the USMLE exams.