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
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.