Other Unprofessional Conduct
NBOME deems professionalism to be an important competency of an osteopathic physician,
and a candidate must demonstrate professionalism at all times. NBOME will not tolerate
unprofessional conduct on the part of any candidate under any circumstance, including but
not limited to the following:
- Use of foul, lewd, improper, or culturally insensitive statements in the comment dialog
box provided on the computer-based examinations, in the e-SOAP note portion of the
clinical skills examination, or on the post-examination surveys.
- Use of foul, lewd, improper, or culturally insensitive language in or near a test site.
- Use of foul, lewd, improper, or culturally insensitive language, actions, or behavior
when addressing the NBOME, an agent or employee of NBOME or Prometric, in
person, by telephone, by email, or by written contact.
- Any conduct or behavior deemed by the NBOME to be inappropriate or unprofessional
for an osteopathic physician.
- Violation by the candidate of any of the Terms and Conditions as set out in NBOME’s
BOI that was in effect when the violation occurred.
When any unprofessional conduct comes to the attention of NBOME, NBOME at its sole
discretion may take any action it deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, any action
for Irregular Conduct and/or any of the following:
- Record the name of the candidate, nature of the behavior or conduct, and the time and
conditions under which the behavior or conduct occurred.
- Notate the candidate’s record to reflect the unprofessional conduct.
- Record and store conversations or other documentation that are considered to be
- Record the punitive action, if any, taken against a candidate, including, but not limited
to, a period of suspension or denial of testing by NBOME.
- Void and/or not score any examination taken by the candidate, deem the candidate to
have failed the examination, report “Fail” as the result of the examination, and annotate
the candidate’s Score Report and/or transcript for the examination with an “I” as
- Notification to the Office of the Dean of the college of osteopathic medicine and/or the
director for medical education of the graduate medical education program where the
candidate is matriculated or enrolled.
As with other Irregular Conduct, information relating to a candidate’s unprofessional conduct
may become part of the permanent record of the candidate maintained by NBOME. NBOME
may in its sole discretion release any or all of the candidate’s information or action(s) taken by
NBOME relating to the candidate’s Irregular Conduct or unprofessional conduct to the
candidate’s medical school, residency program director, any licensing board, authority, or
other person(s) or entity or entities deemed appropriate by NBOME or as required by law,
without prior notice to or the consent of the candidate.