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Know your Acronyms: FSMB, NBME, USMLE

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) co-sponsor the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The USMLE (or the step exams) consists of a three-step examination, which students must successfully pass as a criterion for graduation and medical licensure. Although there has been talk of the Step-1 exam converting to a “pass/fail” format, when and how this change will occur is not yet clear.