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November 28, 2022 – Task Force reviews proposals
The C3DO task force held their final meeting of 2022 on November 28. They reviewed data from the COM pilot proposals and discussed important considerations in the selection process. Recommendations garnered from the task force members will be presented to the NBOME Board of Directors at the December meeting. Selected COMs will be notified by December 16.
November 15, 2022 – Task force meets to address proposal evaluation; discussion of OMT assessment begins
November 15, 2022 marked the due date for colleges of osteopathic medicine to submit proposals to participate in the first phase of C3DO pilots in 2023. On November 14, the C3DO task force held their monthly meeting. During the meeting, Task Force members discussed the selection criteria for the pilot locations and began discussions on strategies for the assessment of OMT in the pilot.
October 24, 2022 – Letters of Intent received; Webinar hosted for COM faculty
This afternoon, the NBOME hosted an informational webinar to assist COMs in writing their proposals to become host sites for the 2023 C3DO pilots. Attendees discussed the proposal and plans for the pilots with NBOME staff, led by Consulting Coordinator Dennis J. Dowling, DO, MA.

An updated FAQ document, reflecting questions asked during the webinar, will be shared with the COMs that submitted a letter of intent.

September 30, 2022 – Request for Proposals Sent to Deans
This morning, COM Deans received from the NBOME a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2023 Core Competency Capstone for DOs (C3DO) pilot. The RFP includes information about the C3DO project as well as instructions for COMs interested in submitting a proposal to be included in the pilot.

NBOME will host an informational webinar on October 24, 2022 for those COMs that submit a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) by the LOI deadline of October 21.

September 19, 2022 – NBOME Announces Task Force Members for New Capstone Project

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides competency assessments for osteopathic medical licensure and related health care professions, has announced the members of the task force that will provide oversight for its Core Competency Capstone for DOs (C3DO) project.

The C3DO Task Force comprises individuals from across the osteopathic medical education and licensure spectrum, and were selected to be a diverse and broadly representative group from around the country and based on their expertise and experience in developing, administering, and validating performance assessments of osteopathic clinical skills, predominately in the osteopathic medical school environment.

The task force members are:

Kathryn Brandt, DO, MS MEdL
Department Chair, Primary Care
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nils Brolis, DO
Medical Director, Simulation Center
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH
Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Lifespan Physician Group and Rhode Island Hospital

Millicent Channell, DO, MA
Associate Dean for Curriculum
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Heather Ferrill, DO, MS MEdL
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Elizabeth Gignac, DO
Chair of Simulation and Clinical Education
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Joe Kingery, DO, MBA
University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Tom Lindsey, DO
Associate Dean of Simulation and Medical Technology

Gretchen Lovett, PhD, MA
Professor of Clinical Sciences
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Saroj Misra, DO
Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Core Faculty Family Medicine Residency
AT Still University- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Richard Ortoski, DO
Regional Dean, Professor and Chair, Primary Care Education
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kim Pfotenhauer, DO
Director of Clerkship Curriculum
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Richard Sloan, DO
Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

Christina Weaver, DO
Assistant Dean of Innovation and Clinical Curriculum, Assistant Professor
AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine


“We thank all of the many applicants who have volunteered their skills for this task force,” said Dennis Dowling, DO, consultant coordinator for the C3DO Task Force. “The level of interest shows how invested our profession is in ensuring that clinical skills competencies remain integral to osteopathic medical education, licensure and practice.”

The work of the Task Force has already begun, with its orientation meetings held on September 13 and 15. This work includes the creation of a request for proposals (RFP), to be released by September 30. This RFP is a guide for schools to apply for participation in the first round of C3DO pilots anticipated to begin in spring 2023.


The NBOME will also be convening an advisory panel in 2023 to offer counsel as the various pilot phases progress.

For more on the Core Competencies for DOs project, visit nbome.org/C3DO.


About the NBOME
The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) is an independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect the public by providing the means to assess competencies for osteopathic medicine and related health care professions. The NBOME develops and administers a number of osteopathically distinct examinations, most notably the COMLEX-USA (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States), which is accepted for medical licensure in all 50 of the United States and other licensing jurisdictions. Visit NBOME.org for more information.


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