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                    The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Inc. (NBOME) is a nonprofit
                    corporation, organized under the laws of the state of Indiana. The NBOME was established in
                    July 1934 as the National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. The
                    first examinations were given in February 1935. In 1987, the name of the organization was
                    changed to the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Inc.

                    The mission of the NBOME is to protect the public by providing the means to assess
                    competencies of osteopathic medicine and related health care professions.

                    NBOME initiated the current three-level Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing
                    Examination (COMLEX-USA) program in 1995 to replace the former three-part NBOME
                    licensure examination series. The NBOME COMLEX-USA examination program is the primary
                    pathway to licensure for osteopathic physicians seeking to practice osteopathic medicine and
                    surgery. The primary purpose for the COMLEX-USA examination program is for osteopathic
                    physician licensure. A passing score on these examinations indicates that the candidate’s
                    osteopathic medical knowledge and clinical skills have met an acceptable national standard
                    for entry-level competency. The COMLEX-USA examination sequence is accepted for
                    physician licensure in all 50 states and some international jurisdictions.

                    To maintain the validity and broad acceptance of the COMLEX-USA examination program,
                    NBOME continually engages in research to ensure the examinations include currently
                    accepted medical principles, concepts, and practices of osteopathic medicine. Testing
                    methodology and testing procedures are studied to confirm the examination scores continue
                    to reflect accurately the knowledge and skills of those who seek to practice osteopathic

                    The COMLEX-USA examination sequence uses a primary care approach to patients with the
                    distinctiveness of osteopathic medicine fully integrated throughout the examination program.
                    Please refer to the pertinent sections of this Bulletin of Information for detailed information
                    regarding the examinations.


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