(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, recently was appointed to a four-year term as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners representing the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is an independent, nonprofit organization providing high-quality examinations for the health professions. Its mission is protection of public health through state-of-the-art assessment of health professionals, along with a major commitment to research and development in evaluation and measurement.

The NBME develops the three-step U.S. Medical Licensing Examination, which provides a common evaluation system for applicants seeking initial licensure to practice medicine in the United States. Its examinations and services are also widely used by the medical education system, and the organization provides testing, educational, consultative and research services to a number of medical specialty boards and societies and healthcare organizations.

NBME members have ultimate responsibility for establishing policy for the organization and for electing its board of directors. The Board, which meets annually in March, is composed of 80 members representing the academic community, national professional organizations, state licensing boards, students, residents, the federal government and the public.

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