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NBME Centennial Prize Competition: Innovation in Future Assessment of Health
Official Rules and Instructions
On May 5, 2015, the National Board of Medical Examiners will complete 100 years of service to the public and the health professions. The NBME plans to celebrate this milestone with a yearlong series of activities that will honor its past and look toward its future. The centennial year will open with NBMEs 100th Annual Meeting in April 2014 and will conclude with an invitational conference in May 2015. The invitational conference will focus on NBMEs future by featuring presentations of the finalists selected from the NBME Centennial Prize Competition: Innovation in Future Assessment of Health Professionals. The winner of the competition will receive a $5000 award and a guarantee that NBME will develop the winning idea, at least through the prototyping stage, and will be named the NBME Centennial Fellow. Overview
This is a skill-based competition intended to identify innovative ideas that address future assessment needs for:
Individual health professionals
Health professions institutions/programs
Licensing and certification bodies
Other domains across the continuum of health professions education and practice
For purposes of this competition, each idea created and submitted will be called an entry. Entrants may submit more than one entry, and the eligibility of each entry will be determined using the criteria described below. All eligible entries received will be judged by the Centennial Prize Competition Committee using the criteria described in the Criteria for Selection section below. The Centennial Prize Competition Committee will select the semi-finalists and the finalists, as described below. Based on a review by the Centennial Prize Competition Judging Panel of the presentations made by the finalists, combined with audience response to the presentations, one winner will be selected and announced on May 5, 2015.
Criteria for Selection
All eligible entries will be screened for adherence to the objective of identifying innovative ideas for assessing health professionals in the future. Ideas will be judged on their potential to enrich the next quarter century of NBMEs mission of protecting the health of the public through assessment of health professionals, and to fulfill NBMEs vision of improving healthcare around the world through assessment. Other criteria will include:
the extent to which the idea addresses a need for assessment of health professionals in the future,
the potential impact on assessment of health professionals,
the feasibility of the idea developing into a prototype of a new NBME service, and
the potential for the presentation of the idea to engage participants during NBMEs 2015 Invitational Conference.
Members selected from NBMEs Centennial Steering Committee and Invitational Conference Program Committee will serve as the Centennial Prize Competition Committee. The Centennial Prize Competition Committee will judge the content of the submissions and rate each submission across the selection criteria to identify semi-finalists. The semi-finalists will be invited to submit full proposals and, after timely submission of the full proposals, the Centennial Prize Competition Committee will select finalists to present at NBMEs Centennial Invitational Conference in 2015. The winner of the Centennial Innovation Prize Competition will be determined by a combination of ratings from the Centennial Competition Judging Panel and conference attendees and announced at the 2015 conference. All decisions based on these ratings will be final.
Round 1: Submission of Proposals - Entry Period October 1, 2013 to January 17, 2014
In 250 words or less, eligible individuals, teams and nonprofit organizations are invited to describe an innovative idea for an NBME product, process, or service that responds to future needs for assessment in one or more of the domains above. Entries must be submitted using the centennial competition form or email address posted at www.nbme.org. The names of persons and organizations submitting eligible entries will be listed in the official centennial conference program. The proposals will be reviewed and judged by the Centennial Prize Competition Committee.
Round 2: Submission of Full Proposals by Semi-Finalists
The Centennial Prize Competition Committee will announce the names of the semi-finalists by March 1, 2014. Winners will be notified by email at the address on the entry form. All semi-finalists selected during Round 1 will be invited to submit full proposals for Round 2. Full proposals will be due not later than June 9, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. The requirements for content of the full proposals are described in the Requirements for Invited Proposals section below. All semi-finalists will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive an iPad1 from NBME, and one semi-finalist will be selected at random by NBME to win the iPad.2
Round 3: Selection of Finalists and Invitation to Present at NBME 2015 Invitational Conference
The Centennial Prize Competition Committee will determine the number of finalists and announce the names of finalists by September 1, 2014. Each finalist will be notified by email at the address provided on the entry form and may be required, unless prohibited by law, to execute, notarize and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Grant of Rights & Release of Liability and a Publicity Release and a W-9 Miscellaneous Form or other tax documentation forms
1 Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this competition. iPad is a registered trademark of Apple.
2 The winner of the iPad may be required to successfully answer a mathematical skill testing question before being
awarded the prize.
("Notification Documents"). All finalists selected will be invited to present their ideas at NBMEs Centennial Invitational Conference on May 4-5, 2015. Finalists will receive $2500 to apply to the costs of preparing presentation materials, and will be reimbursed for certain reasonable out-of-pocket conference attendance expenses in accordance with NBME travel policies.
General Competition Rules
Eligibility to enter this competition begins on October 1, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. and ends on January 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. All semi-finalists in Round 2 of the competition are automatically entered to receive an iPad from NBME. One semi-finalist will be selected at random to receive the iPad. The Centennial Innovation Prize Competition is open to individuals who are 18 years or older, to teams of individuals and to nonprofit organizations. By entering this competition, each entrant represents to NBME that the entrant has read these rules and has confirmed that participation in this competition is authorized in the jurisdiction of the participant's residence or domiciliary.3
Selection of Centennial Prize Competition Winner
Finalists will present their ideas at NBMEs May 2015 Invitational Conference. The exact time allotted for finalists presentations at the conference will be determined by the Centennial Prize Competition Committee. Based on a review by the Centennial Competition Judging Panel of the presentations made by the finalists, combined with audience response to the presentations, one winner will be selected on May 5, 2015 and announced at the conference. A grand prize of $5000 will be awarded to the winner. Following the conference, the product, service, or process selected as the winning idea will be included in NBMEs new product development process through prototype creation. The winner will be named NBMEs 2015 Centennial Fellow.
This competition is open to individuals who are age 18 or older at the time of entry and teams of such individuals, and to nonprofit organizations. To be eligible for the competition, an entry must meet the content and technical requirements described in these Official Rules, including the Submission Process section, and must be submitted by the time deadlines specified. In addition:
Each entry must be an original work/idea;
Each entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest or competition;
Each entrant must obtain any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for submission of the entry;
3 Residents of Quebec are not eligible to participate in the Centennial Prize Competition.
Each entry must not violate the rights of any other person or entity by using their intellectual property, trademarks, music, logos, names or images without their express written consent.
There is no limit to the number of entries that an individual, team or nonprofit organization can submit. Multiple representatives from one team or nonprofit organization can submit multiple entries as long as the innovation idea is different. Teams and nonprofit organizations must include a designation of one individual as the principal presenter at the NBME Invitational Conference.
To be eligible for consideration, entrants must submit an entry in English with all required fields completed using the form found at NBMEs competition web page (www.nbme.org/innovation100) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete the entry form and submit it electronically or send it to NBME for receipt before the deadline of January 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
Centennial Prize Competition Submission Form
[Title of Idea]
[Applicant Name and Contact Information]
[If a Team or Nonprofit,