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Gail Furman, Ph.D., M.S.N.

Gail Furman, Ph.D., M.S.N.Dr. Furman is Director of Quality Assurance for the Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), a partnership between the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). CSEC is charged with the development and implementation of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination, which employs standardized patients to evaluate the clinical skills of medical students and graduates seeking licensure in the United States. Dr. Furman’s role includes ensuring standardization of the Step 2 CS exam across the five test sites in the United States at which the exam is administered.

Prior to joining CSEC, Dr. Furman spent more than 20 years working with standardized patients and designing objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE). She was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Director of the school’s Clinical Skills Center, where she managed the standardized patient program and served as Course Director for the Patient, Physician, and Society courses. She published the first study on the use of standardized patients to assess the clinical competence of medical students in an ambulatory care setting. Dr. Furman was a member of the NBME Midwestern Case Development Task Force (1990-1998), the NBME National Case Development Task Force (1998-1999), and the NBME Test Material Development Committee (2000-2003), and served as director for one of the pilot test centers for development of the USMLE Step 2 CS examination. She was also a member of ECFMG’s Test Development Committee (1996-2002), which developed standardized patient cases for use in the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA), an examination used to evaluate the clinical and communication skills of international medical graduates pursuing ECFMG Certification from 1998-2004.

Dr. Furman is a former member of the Executive Board of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE), an organization supporting the use of standardized patients in health professions education.

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[last update: February 27, 2017]