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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 12/02/98
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Larsen Appointed to National Committee

Cincinnati--William J. Larsen, PhD, professor of cell biology, neurobiology, and anatomy at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, was recently appointed to the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 Test Material Development Committee for Anatomy.

The committee is composed of representatives of the academic, practice, and licensing communities who work closely with evaluation and measurement experts from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to assure the quality and integrity of the examination.

A joint program of the NBME and the Federation of State Medical Boards, USMLE provides a common evaluation system for measuring the clinical knowledge and cognitive competence of applicants for medical licensure in the US. Results of the USMLE are reported to state medical licensing authorities for use in granting the initial license to practice medicine.

Larsen will serve concurrently as a member of the NBME Anatomy Test Committee that develops Anatomy Subject Tests. Schools and other institutions with an interest in the education of physicians or other health professionals use NBME subject tests in the basic and clinical medical sciences to assess educational achievement.

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