NBOME

Services & Resources for Health Care Organizations

Assessment Support You Can Trust

At the NBOME, we are experts at offering an ever-expanding range of services and resources for assessing competency across the continuum of education, training, and practice in osteopathic medicine and related health care professions.

From medical school and related professional education, residency, and fellowships through licensure, certification, recertification, and continuing professional development, we serve teaching institutions, certification boards, licensing organizations, and practicing physicians and other health professionals by providing reliable, high-quality assessments and learning tools that help us fulfill our mission to protect the public and ensure high-quality, safe, effective patient care.

Each year, thousands of osteopathic medical students and physicians access our valid, reliable, and osteopathically distinctive examination and learning resources created by experts in osteopathic medicine and medical assessment. We are proud that these leaders serve on the NBOME Board, our National Faculty, and our professional staff.

In addition to administering our core examination series (see the “Examinations”), we work with partner organizations and clients to create customized assessment programs built on our successful examination platform to meet their individual assessment needs. Examples include assessments in pediatric dentistry, podiatric medicine, and cosmetic surgery.

See Testing Services and Online Learning in this section for detailed information.

Our Assessment Partners

Our goal at the NBOME is to meet the emerging and evolving assessment needs of our clients and partner organizations through a range of options built on our experience in providing both cognitive and clinical skills assessment services. We collaborate with specialty colleges and academies, certification/recertification boards, and licensure assessment organizations to provide highly customized assessment services in osteopathic medicine and related health care professions with a shared purpose to enhance assessment and improve patient care.

The collaboration often begins with the question: “Can you help us with a specific assessment need?” We respond by undertaking a creative dialogue that addresses partner concerns, objectives, and goals to create a detailed project plan and implement a solution that ensures assessment success.

NBOME partners with about a dozen osteopathic specialty boards and related health care organizations to provide examination development, administration, and psychometric services for cognitive assessment and/or clinical skills/performance testing related to training, licensure, and/or certification.

Currently, we support more than 40 collaborative examinations administered to more than 8,500 examinees. We continually enhance and expand resources for these testing programs, including assessment administration, design, development, delivery, and results. We also provide ongoing improvements in test blueprinting, item development, medical editing, item-writer training, and score reporting while also expanding our collaborative research projects.

 

The NBOME’S Assessment Partners
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Resident In-Service Examination
American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) Certification and Recertification Examinations
American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) Resident In-Service Examination
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Resident In-Service Examination
American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) Resident In-Service Examination
American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) Resident In-Service Examination
American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) Resident In-Service Examination
American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) Certification and Recertification Examinations
American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) Certification, Recertification, and Certificates of Added Qualifications (CAQs) Examinations
American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics (AOBP) Certification and Recertification Examinations
National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE) Part II Clinical Skills Patient Encounter (Part II CSPE)

 

How Can We Help You?

Cognitive Testing Services

Providing summative assessments of medical knowledge and related competencies is at the center of the NBOME’s expertise. Our core examination series are founded on an unceasing, unwavering focus on quality, rigor, and validity. Building on this foundation, we provide cognitive testing services and support to partner organizations customized to their needs.

CATALYST™ is the NBOME’s newest testing platform, offering an innovative approach to ongoing cognitive testing, lifelong learning, and continuous professional development, certification, and assessment utilizing an easy, flexible, low-cost delivery system. CATALYST also ensures the same high-quality results in every examination we develop with our partners, enabling us to provide the delivery platform and support for content development and psychometric analysis, while allowing our testing partners to define, determine, and retain content ownership of their customized assessments. (See more about CATALYST in Online Learning.)

­­­­­­­­­­­Our Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Variable-Purpose Examination, COMVEX, serves as a cognitive assessment for licensure boards by testing knowledge and related competencies in clinical subject areas. Built on the COMLEX-USA design and framework, it was developed for osteopathic physicians that hold or have held a valid license to practice osteopathic medicine in the United States and need to demonstrate basic osteopathic medical competency.

Clinical Skills Testing

Clinical skills assessments of students and practicing physicians are a vital component of many health care examinations. These certification, recertification, and licensure assessments require highly sophisticated performance evaluations that simulate live encounters between health care professionals and patients, complementing and augmenting traditional summative assessments of medical knowledge.

Our experience with administering the COMLEX-USA Level 2-Performance Evaluation to tens of thousands of osteopathic medical students since 2004 provides a solid foundation that supports partners with planning, launching, and maintaining a robust clinical skills assessment program customized to their needs. ­­­­­The clinical tests are administered at one of two NBOME National Center for Clinical Skills Testing (NCCST) locations—Philadelphia and Chicago. (See Our Locations in the Who We Are section for details.)

Contact us for more information about how our cognitive and clinical skills examinations can support your assessment needs.

 

Resources for Practicing Physicians

Lifelong Learning & Continuing Medical Education / Certification

As a practicing osteopathic physician, you can rely on the NBOME to support your needs for continuous professional development. Our resources can be used to satisfy residency training, specialty board, state medical board, or health care system requirements.

The NBOME Learning Center offers on-demand online learning activities, as well as live webinars and events for osteopathic physicians and other health care professionals to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and meet American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) requirements.  Learning Center programs can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

Contact us for more information about how our resources can support your continuous professional development and lifelong learning as an osteopathic physician or in a related health care field.

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