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Please note that registration closes 40 days prior to the start of the next testing window. See below for dates.

Testing Window Scheduling Deadline
January 18 – February 11, 2023 December 9, 2022
March 6 – March 25, 2023 February 1, 2023
April 10 – April 29, 2023 March 1, 2023
May 15 – June 10 2023 April 5, 2023
June 26 – July 22, 2023 May 17, 2023
August 7 – September 9, 2023 June 28, 2023
September 18 – October 14, 2023 August 9, 2023
October 30 – November 18, 2023 September 20, 2023
December 4 – December 23, 2023 October 25, 2023

Candidates taking COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE on or after June 6, 2023 will do so with Pearson VUE. For specific information regarding registration procedures and examination format at Pearson VUE, please Click here.

On November 30, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) released the results of the 2022 Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Match, the first year that combines the former Medical Specialties Matching Program, Pediatric Specialties, and Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Matches.

Of the 7,648 individuals who matched to a position, 1,093 were DO graduates who matched at rate of 81 percent. DOs matched to 39 subspecialties in internal medicine, pediatrics and addiction, and multidisciplinary specialties. The number of DO graduates that matched increased by 10.6 percent compared with the 2021 matches.

DO applicants filled 14.2 percent of all positions in the Match, at the folllowing rates:

In Medicine Specialties, DOs filled more than 20 percent of all positions in Critical Care, Oncology, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine.

In Pediatric Specialties, DOs filled more than 20 percent of all positions in Academic General Pediatrics and Child Abuse.

Read the full 2022 Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Match Report for additional findings and key data on the MSMP fellowship appointments.

Candidates taking COMLEX-USA Level 3 on or after January 18, 2023 will do so with Pearson VUE. For specific information regarding registration procedures and examination format at Pearson VUE as well as a sample test, please click here.

Non-Testing Days Dates
Christmas/New Year Holidays* December 26 – 30, 2022
President’s Day February 20, 2023
Good Friday April 7, 2023
Memorial Day May 29, 2023
Independence Day July 4, 2023
Labor Day September 4, 2023
Thanksgiving Holiday November 23 – 24, 2023
Christmas/New Year Holidays* December 25, 2023 – January 1, 2024

*NBOME offices are closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

February 11, 2021
*Note: this article originally appeared in the COVID-19 section of the website.

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The NBOME Board of Directors held a special session earlier this week and has made the following decisions related to the global pandemic and COMLEX-USA:

1. The COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE is postponed indefinitely and will not resume on April 1, 2021.

2. We are deferring work on a temporary clinical skills testing site in California.

3. For the Class of 2021 (and earlier), we are developing a temporary alternative pathway to meet the eligibility requirements for the COMLEX-USA Level 3 examination.

This new pathway will allow for the verification of the competencies assessed in Level 2-PE without the need to travel to an NBOME National Center for Clinical Skills Testing.

We are working diligently to determine exactly what this temporary alternative pathway will look like for the Class of 2021 (and earlier) including options for those who have not yet taken Level 2-PE and others. We expect to release additional details within the next 4 weeks.

4. For the Class of 2022, we are convening a Special Commission that will review the future of Level 2-PE and determine potential alternative pathways. Detailed information about alternate pathways will be available by April 30, 2021.

5. The Special Commission and its charge will be expanded to consider and identify new ways to evaluate fundamental competencies currently assessed in the Level 2-PE. This will include a full review of the COMLEX-USA program, to ensure it continues to provide a defensible pathway to osteopathic medical practice and licensure. The Special Commission will include members from across the UME-GME-Licensure continuum, including student representatives and public members/patient representatives. This work will occur in two phases:

PHASE 1 will address points number three and four above and will include structured feedback opportunities from all stakeholders, from students to educators to licensing authorities to professional organizations, and public members/patient representatives.

PHASE 2 will focus on long-term solutions to assess competencies for osteopathic medicine in the COMLEX-USA program, with an eye on our collective duty to ensure quality care for the public and our patients.

We have carefully considered all of the feedback we have received from students during this pandemic year and are grateful for the input. While we are sorry for the widespread misinformation that circulates, we understand the extraordinary challenges we have all faced in the global emergency. Enthusiasm regarding the COMLEX-USA and the importance of osteopathically distinctive assessment is a testament to how much we all care about the osteopathic profession, its learners and physicians, and our patients.

We at the NBOME have always been, and continue to be, committed to maintaining the excellence of our profession through high-quality assessment and professional self-regulation. Given the unique circumstances presented by the pandemic, we have the opportunity to continue to evolve COMLEX-USA in a manner that meets the changing practice of osteopathic medicine and its physicians.

Our focus on COMLEX-USA includes input from stakeholders across the osteopathic medical profession to ensure its continued excellence for our patients, and we don’t take these decisions lightly. Decisions made by the NBOME as part of this process and outcomes related to our testing methods continue to be made carefully and with valued input from all of our stakeholders and are not to be meant as commentary about assessment and testing decisions made by other organizations or professions.