Herbert F. Janssen, Ph.D., M.Ed, professor of physiology in medical education and interim associate dean for student affairs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, has been nominated by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to serve on the United States Medical Licensing Examination Test Material Development Committee.
In addition to his nomination for the committee, Dr. Janssen has also been appointed to the physiology and cell biology subject test committee. In this position, Dr. Janssen will work with individuals around the nation to write and review examination questions for medical licensure exams.
“Each test question passes through the hands of many individuals before it is finally included as a viable test item on an actual examination,” Dr. Janssen said. “Care is taken to ensure that each question, not only addresses pertinent information, but is also fair and free of bias.”
Even after potential exam questions are deemed acceptable by the NBME staff, they are still put through various comparisons before being approved for licensure exams.
With this position, Dr. Janssen will have the unique opportunity to represent TTUHSC El Paso while gaining valuable insight into the procedures used to ensure that all medical students nationwide achieve necessary standards of excellence.
“I look forward to this experience, as I am certain I will learn a tremendous amount from the National Board of Medical Examiner’s staff and other professionals involved in the test development process,” Dr. Janssen said.