Posted on February 22, 2017

Qatar University College of Medicine (QU-CMED) hosted  the International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM) and International Oversight Committee (IOC) taskforce meetings on February 19-23.

Organized by the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®), the meetings are first of their kind in the GCC. They are part of the collaboration between CMED and NBME®, a leading US academic organization in service to the public and health professions. The meetings included a workshop held by NBME® on February 20. Around 50 faculty and senior clinicians from various health institutions in Qatar and the Gulf region were engaged in the workshop. They were briefed on the methodologies and tools to write test items and assessment of medical competencies using multiple-choice questions.

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QU Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and CMED Dean Dr Egon Toft said: “We are very proud to host the IFOM and IOC meetings and NBME® workshop here at Qatar University. We are always working to serve the community of Qatar and ensure alignment of our curriculum with international standards. The continuing professional education workshop aims to improve the competency of faculty in constructing quality multiple-questions for medical students.” NBME® Vice President for International Programs Dr Brownell Anderson said: “It is very exciting to hold the NBME® meetings here in Qatar and at Qatar University. This is the second time I have come to the College, and I am glad to have the opportunity to observe the progress of the College over the period of the last few months.”

The NBME® was founded in 1915 in Philadelphia, USA with the mission to protect the health of the public through state-of-the-art assessments worldwide, along with a major commitment to research and development in evaluation and measurement.  The NBME® develops and manages the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). Carrying out the NBME®’s mission, the IFOM examinations measure the core knowledge expected internationally of students at critical points in their undergraduate medical education.