NEJM Knowledge+ Recognized for Improving Board Certification Preparation for Clinicians

Area9 Lyceum and NEJM Group were awarded the “Gold” medal in the Comenius EduMedia Awards 2019, presented by The Society for Education, Information and Media (GPI) in Berlin. The award recognizes their jointly developed NEJM Knowledge+  product built on Area9’s Adaptive Learning Platform, which has been shown to improve medical board certification examination success rates.

This is the third major award presented recently to NEJM Knowledge+, in addition to the Learning Technologies Award and the Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Award.

“We are honored that NEJM Knowledge+ received a Gold medal in the Comenius EduMedia Awards,” said Ulrk Juul Christensen, M.D., co-founder and CEO of Area9 Lyceum. “This unique technology continues to make a positive impact on the training and preparation of clinicians and the patients they serve.”

The Comenius EduMedia Award recognizes the proven impact of NEJM Knowledge+ on exam preparation for medical board certification. A recent study showed that NEJM Knowledge+ users in the U.S. (during 2014-2016) passed the ABIM-CE on their first attempt at a significantly higher rate than the national average (95% vs. 89%). NEJM Knowledge+ has been recognized for its effectiveness in preparing clinicians for board exams, earning CME and MOC, and engaging in lifelong learning.


In addition, NEJM Knowledge+ helps make physicians more self-aware of their knowledge gaps and improves clinical decision making. This addresses a risk factor in clinical practice: “unconscious incompetence,” when individuals believe they know something or have the correct knowledge when, in fact, they do not. Based on responses in NEJM Knowledge+, the average level of unconscious incompetence (prior to attaining mastery) among physicians is 18%.

NEJM Group (a division of The Massachusetts Medical Society, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine) and Area9 partnered in 2013 to launch NEJM Knowledge+, which to date has had more than 23,000 users.

NEJM Group creates high-quality medical resources for research, learning, practice, and professional development. Designed to meet the demand for essential medical knowledge and innovation among academic researchers and teachers, physicians, clinicians, executives, and others in health care, NEJM Group products include the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Journal Watch, NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Catalyst, NEJM Resident 360, and NEJM 医学前沿 (Yi Xue Qian Yan). NEJM Group is a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society. For more information visit

Area9 Lyceum leverages more than 20 years of research to identify the human factors that influence learning, such as when students prepare for medical exams or health-care professionals prepare for continuing medical education. Other key industries include aviation, defense, heavy industry, telecommunications, professional services and higher education.

Area9 Lyceum recently launched its fourth-generation adaptive learning platform, Area9 Rhapsode™ – the world’s most advanced learning technology. By using a personalized approach to replicate one-to-one interaction in a digital environment, adaptive learning platforms allow for efficient scale, while increasing learner engagement.