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January 26, 2023 – C3DO task force begins pilot planning; call for advisory panel members
The C3DO Task force met again on January 19, 2024. They discussed scoring elements: assessment of OMT; communication, interpersonal skills, and professionalism; history and physical examination. Also under discussion were form requirements-the types of clinical skills cases that should be seen by each candidate.

Core NBOME staff and consultants have worked tirelessly to put the Task Force recommendations into place. Some of these activities include: building the exam-day structure; creating exam forms and selecting cases; refining the assessment tools for OMT and for communication, interpersonal skills, and professionalism; and refining standardized patient portrayal protocols. The first pilot exams will be held in mid-April, and pilot sessions will be held through June according to the schedule preferred by the COM.

The goals of this first set of pilots are to examine the feasibility of training, administration, and scoring at each site and to evaluate the standardization of the examination across the sites. The four selected COMs are excellent partners; all have clinical skills testing programs with experienced and dedicated staff and reflect different regions of the country and different sized classes.

A call for members of the C3DO Advisory panel, a larger oversight group formed of broader representation including from specialty colleges, student and patient advocacy groups, and other representation of the profession (e.g., AACOM/AACOM Groups, AOA and COCA, AAOE/Licensure Boards, other GME groups) was sent out earlier this month. Input from across the profession remains integral to the C3DO initiative.

January 11, 2023 – COMs begin pilot planning with NBOME
Over the past two weeks, NBOME staff and consultants held meetings with representatives from each of the four COMs participating in the 1st round of C3DO pilots. They discussed pilot planning within the context of each COM’s particular needs and circumstances. This strategy allows for collaboration with the schools as the details of the first pilot are finalized. These discussions will be shared with the C3DO task force at their next meeting on January 19. Future meetings with the COM staff will focus on supporting their efforts on local implementation of the pilot plan.
December 9, 2022 – NBOME Names Four COMs for C3DO Pilot Projects
The NBOME Board of Directors has selected four colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) to participate in the first set of pilot projects for the Core Competency Capstone for DOs. Learn more here.
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
The NBOME has announced the members of the task force that will provide oversight for its Core Competency Capstone for DOs project. Learn more here.
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