Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH
New Brunswick, NEW JERSEY (April 8, 2019) – Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH, professor and chair of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was elected chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) at its annual meeting in Philadelphia on March 29, 2019. Dr. Tallia has been a Trustee of Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, the second-largest nonprofit VNA in the country, since 2015.
The NBME is the preeminent independent not-for-profit organization that provides high quality examinations for health professions around the world. Protection of the health of the public through state-of-the-art assessment is the mission of the NBME, along with a major commitment to research and development in evaluation and measurement. The NBME draws its selective membership of 80 leading academics, practitioners, and the public from across the landscape of health care.
“My life’s work has been geared to improving the quality of care we provide patients, and this role will allow me an opportunity to extend those efforts internationally. It is indeed a great honor and privilege for me, and what a wonderful reflection on Rutgers and the state of New Jersey,” said Dr. Tallia.
“Dr. Tallia has been an incredible leader, supporting this organization with his time and resources with tremendous generosity for many years,” said Steven Landers, MD, MPH, President and CEO of VNA Health Group. “We are incredibly proud of Dr. Tallia’s work to improve patient care and his most recent appointment as Chair of NBME will amplify those efforts and likely improve patient quality for more patients in New Jersey and beyond.”
Among other services, the NBME develops the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), jointly owned with the Federation of State Medical Boards, which provides a common evaluation system for applicants seeking initial licensure to practice medicine in the United States. Dr. Tallia has been associated with the NBME since 1996 and served most recently as treasurer. Among many roles, he has chaired the Composite Committee governing the USMLE, and the Committee to Evaluate the USMLE, from which recommendations issued in 2008 influenced medical education around the world.
At Rutgers, during his thirteen years as department chair, Dr. Tallia has overseen growth of the department’s academic and clinical programs that now serve more than 100,000 students, professionals, and patients each year in hospitals, medical offices, post-acute and long-term care facilities, homes, schools, businesses, and other sites throughout New Jersey. Dr. Tallia is a Fellow in the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership, and his public service to improve health care in the state was recognized by a joint resolution of the legislature in 2017.