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Road to DO Licensure

In the Room Where It Happens: What You Need to Prepare for COMLEX-USA
Sydney Moriarty, a rising fourth-year osteopathic medical student at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia campus and an at-large member of the […]

The NBOME Historical Heroes
It is a happy coincidence that as the osteopathic profession celebrates NOM Week 2024, the NBOME is also celebrating its 90th anniversary. At its formation […]

NBOME Advocacy and Education in Action at the 2024 ACGME Conference
  At the ACGME Annual Educational Conference in March, NBOME staff and leadership had the opportunity to connect with more than 4,400 attendees from across […]

Match 2024: By The Numbers
More than 8,649 DO seniors (8,033) and graduates (616) participated in the 2024 National Resident Matching Program Main Match on March 15, with 7,705 matching […]

How DO You Treat Yourself?
This Valentine’s Day week, we took to X and Instagram to ask our DO students and residents how they treat themselves while studying for COMLEX-USA. […]

From Panic to Pacing Yourself
  Michael Foti, DO, is a new member of the NBOME National Faculty, a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic […]

The NBOME 2023 Year in Review
For nearly 90 years, the NBOME has been committed to protecting the public by providing fair, valid, and reliable assessments for osteopathic students, residents, physicians, […]

Climbing the Clocktower – Interview with Joseph J. Asper, OMS-III
Joseph Asper is a third-year osteopathic medical student at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MUCOM) and a passionate advocate for osteopathic distinctiveness and mental […]

Tips for Preparing for Residency Interviews
As many fourth-year DO students begin their residency interviews, the NBOME spoke to a few program directors and DO residents for some tips on how […]

The NBOME Celebrates GME Professionals
Those who work in graduate medical education (GME) play an integral role in helping medical students schedule clinical rotations, and find and gain acceptance to […]

DO Students Share What They Wish They Knew When Entering Osteopathic Medical School
Starting osteopathic medical school has often been described as “drinking water from a fire hose.” That can sound daunting, but we’ve asked members of our […]

What to Know About ERAS Updates and Signaling
With the opening of the 2023-2024 ERAS application season, the MyERAS portal has been enhanced to improve the experience for all users and encourage a […]

Match 2024 Timeline – Important Dates
Recruitment season officially began on June 7 with the opening of the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®), the centralized online application service. We expect […]

Stories from the Road: Interview with David Shumway, DO, Capt., USAF – The Tiger in the Bush
David Shumway is not only a member of the Advisory Panel for the Core Competency Capstone for DOs (C3DO) project but also is entering his […]

Taking Pride in Her Work and Her Patients
A Conversation with Christine McGinn, DO Christine McGinn, DO, is an internationally renowned expert in the field of transgender medicine. She has lectured, published, and […]

Managing Stress in a Stressful Time
With Mental Health Awareness Month wrapping up, we decided to reach out to NBOME National Faculty members who have helped osteopathic medical students maintain their […]

Candidate Wellness – Ensuring a Healthy Mind for a Healthy Body and Spirit
Written by Kiyana Harris, MS, OMS-IV We had the good fortune of meeting Kiyana on Twitter during Match week when she celebrated matching to Morehouse […]

Considering the Whole Applicant for Residency
This year was another record-breaking Match for DOs, with more than 6,800 DO seniors—or nearly 92 percent—matching into PGY-1 training positions. We spoke to a […]

How DO Students Love Themselves
In February for Valentine’s Day, we took to social media to ask DO students how they show love to themselves. We recieved more than 700 […]

Match 2023: By The Numbers
DOs See Another Record-Breaking Match Day More than 8,104 DO seniors and graduates participated in the 2023 National Resident Matching Program Main Match on March […]

Will I have a successful match with just my COMLEX scores?
With the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match just weeks away, we are looking forward to another year of positive results for our osteopathic medical […]

National Women Physician Day – An Interview with Lori Kemper, DO
More than 25 percent of the first-ever class of osteopathic physicians were women, and many milestones for women osteopathic physicians followed: in 1929, Meta Christy, […]

What to Expect when Scheduling & Registering for COMLEX-USA with Pearson VUE
The NBOME began transitioning its administration of the COMLEX-USA series to Pearson VUE with Level 3 in January, and registration for Level 1 and Level […]

NBOME Board member highlights work of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations
NBOME public Board member Terri Donlin Huesman, MBA, serves as the president/CEO of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations. In this role, she provides the vision and […]

Following the Spark  – Interview with Kennedy Sherman, OMS-III
Part of the inaugural class of The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation, Kennedy Sherman, OMS-III, is intent on being […]

Partnering for Progress: Doximity
How the NBOME works to educate and advocate for DOs and their credentials As part of its advocacy outreach, the NBOME considers all of the […]

Raising AWAREness of Mental Health Resources
In a previous blog, we spoke to Jeremy Weleff, DO, a psychiatry resident now at Yale University, who launched several programs to address and improve […]

How to Care for Your DO Student – Interview with Matt & Andrea Velazquez
Andrea Velazquez, OMS-III, is currently enrolled at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. She’s also a mom of two who believes she can […]

When Osteopathic Medicine Finds You – Interview with Dominic Gigliotti, OMS-III
To say Dominic J. Gigliotti, OMS-III, is accomplished would be an understatement; he was elected vice president of his class at the Alabama College of […]

GME Professional’s Day Interview with Laura Adams, MNO
On this GME Professional’s Day, we’re highlighting the incredible accomplishments of Laura T. Adams, MNO, GME coordinator for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation/South Pointe Hospital Surgery […]

Partnering for Progress: CU Anschutz
NBOME continues efforts to educate and advocate for DOs and their credentials As the NBOME continues to partner with other osteopathic organizations to identify and […]

How COMLEX Items are Developed
Every test question that appears on a COMLEX-USA examination goes through a rigorous item writing and review process based on industry standards and best practices. […]

How to Navigate Failing COMLEX – John Ukadike, DO
On his first attempt at COMLEX Level 1, John Ukadike, DO, failed. He was devastated. “I would be eating breakfast with tears streaming down my […]

Partnering for Progress: OHSU
How the NBOME works to educate and advocate for DOs and their credentials The NBOME regularly works in collaboration with other osteopathic organizations to identify […]

Taking PRIDE in Better Patient Care through Assessment and LGBTQIA+ Representation
The NBOME believes that examinations designed to protect the public should reflect the makeup of the patient population that osteopathic physicians will serve. This means […]

A Practical Approach to Addressing Resident Burnout
Jeremy Weleff, DO, is a fourth-year psychiatry resident at the Cleveland Clinic. During his time there, he has launched many interventions to improve resident wellness. […]

Myths and Misconceptions: COMLEX-USA Level 1 Pass/Fail Score Reporting
As of May 10, 2022, candidates who take COMLEX-USA Level 1 will no longer receive a 3-digit numeric score and will receive a pass/fail designation […]

Discussing Mental Health Resources with Psychiatrist Ryan Smith, DO, PhD, MBA, MSEd
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and for many medical students and residents, their mental health can often take a backseat to the demands of […]

Defining the Distinctive Practice of Osteopathic Medicine
Without defining ourselves, we run the risk of being defined by others, and the status of distinction we enjoy will devolve to extinction.

The Importance of Osteopathically Distinctive Assessment
Why osteopathic assessment is important throughout the career of an osteopathic physician and to our patients. See All You may also like

Match 2022: You’ve Matched, Now What?
An RPD provides advice to fourth-years awaiting residency By now, most DO students have learned where they will be going for their residencies, and have […]

Match 2022: By The Numbers
We’re so DO Proud of the more than 7,049 DO seniors and graduates matched into PGY-1 positions in this year’s National Resident Matching Program Main […]

Myths and Misconceptions: Score Concordance – What Tables (Really) Mean
In the February edition of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, we published an article showing concordance between scores for USMLE and COMLEX-USA. To help […]

Women and Leadership in Osteopathic Medicine – Interview with Immediate Past Board Chair Geraldine O’Shea, DO
The osteopathic profession has been an advocate of female physicians ever since its founding in 1892 when Andrew Taylor Still admitted six women into the […]

Being Successful with a SOAP Strategy
The last year of medical school is an exciting time, and even more so with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match Week right around […]

Getting to Know the NBOME’s First Chief Diversity Officer
Maya Johnson has been the head of the NBOME’s HR department for over 8 years. This year, her role expanded; as of January 1, Johnson […]

DOs Perform Strongly in 2021 PSM
The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) released the results of the 2021 Pediatric Specialties Match (PSM), for positions that will begin in 2022. The 2021 […]

MSMP Match Shows Significant Growth for DOs
On December 1, the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) Medicine Specialties Matching Program (MSMP), the NRMP’s largest Fellowship Match comprised primarily of Internal Medicine subspecialties, […]

BE the Change You Want to See — Interview with Nicholas Harriel, OMS-IV, PART II
The second part of our interview with Nicholas Harriel is here! (Read Part 1 here). We dive into his experience taking COMLEX, and share his […]

The Value & Impact of Social Media on Mental Health
There are as many opinions about social media as there are on social media. They range from viewing these virtual networks as avoidable distractions to […]

BE the Change You Want to See — Interview with Nicholas Harriel, OMS-IV, PART I
Nicholas Harriel is a passionate osteopathic med student at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a U.S. Army veteran who served […]

Myths and Misconceptions: The Value of the COMLEX-USA Credential
The NBOME’s vision is to be the global leader in assessment of osteopathic medicine and related health care professions. DOs and DO students are generally […]

GME Professional’s Day – Interview with Brenda Hoffman
In celebration of GME Professionals Day, we recognize the GME coordinators, managers, and administrators who work tirelessly to make residency programs a success. We took […]

Advocacy to Improve Access to Training Opportunities for DO Students
We have been a tireless advocate for reducing unnecessary barriers and increasing awareness of osteopathic students and their qualifications.

Preparing for the 2022 Match Application Cycle: A Look at Key Resources for DOs
For osteopathic med students getting ready to participate in the 2022 Match cycle or those who have not started their 4th year yet and want […]

Impacting Communities with Preventative Medicine – Interview with Brittany Ladson, OMS-IV
Brittany Ladson is a fourth-year osteopathic medical student from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine with plans of going into Emergency Medicine. Throughout her […]

ERAS 2022 Update: Supplemental Application for Dermatology, Internal Medicine, and General Surgery
Working in collaboration with specialty leadership organizations: Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM); Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD); and Association of Program Directors in […]

Bringing the Passion to Advocacy – Interview with Brysen Keith, DO, MS, PGY-1
Brysen Keith, DO, MS, PGY-1 is a recent graduate from the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) and is beginning an […]

Matching into Competitive Specialties with Only COMLEX-USA – Interview with Courtney Cox, MA, OMS-IV
We met Courtney Cox, MA, a fourth-year medical student from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM), on Twitter after she tweeted to encourage other students […]

Live True to Your Body, Mind & Spirit – Interview with Merwan Faraj, ENS, MC, USNR, OMS-II
Merwan Faraj, ENS, MC, USNR, is a second year med student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas campus and the American College of Osteopathic […]

From ESL student to DO – Interview with Amir Khiabani, MS, OMS-III
Amir Khiabani, MS, OMS-III, was recently appointed to the Special Commission for Osteopathic Medical Licensure Assessment as the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) representative, and […]

Match Stories
Match Day success stories from the past as well as new stories from this year’s Match. See All You may also like

Match 2021: Record Numbers for DO Seniors
Despite a year of many hardships, we are overjoyed to announce that this year’s NRMP Main Match was the largest on record, and 6,327 DO […]

Ranking Programs – Where Am I A Good Fit? Interview with Eleanora Yeiser, DO, PGY III
Match Day is approaching, and with it looming ever closer comes the next important step of the journey – figuring out how to create the […]

Match Rank Order Deadline Approaches – How to Counter Your Doubts
As time approaches for the rank order deadline and the match, it is not unusual for students to experience anxiety and begin to doubt their […]

NBOME Postpones COMLEX USA Level 2-PE Indefinitely
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 […]

The Trailblazer Who Never Gave Up – Interview with Sabri Zooper, OMS-III
Sabri Zooper is certainly someone you want to know—an osteopathic medical student at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) who is paving the way for […]

Interview with Ronak Mistry, DO, on Fellowship
Applying to Residency: Interview with Ronak Mistry, DO, on Fellowship. Despite the year that 2020 was, we are proud to say that this year’s Medicine […]

5 Reasons Why You Want WelCOM for Your COMLEX-USA Prep
When it comes to learning new information, we all have different learning styles. For most of us, it’s all about how the content is presented […]

Interview with Carisa Champion, DO, JD, MPH, On Her Fellowship with Grey’s Anatomy
NBOME Resident Ambassador, Carisa Champion, DO, JD, MPH, was selected to be a fellow in the Grey’s Anatomy Surgical Communications Fellowship that took place over […]

12 Days of COMSAE Official Rules
Twelve lucky winners will receive a FREE COMSAE! Please read the official rules for terms and conditions. Submission Period: December 1, 2020 – December 12, […]

A Change of Heart, But Not of Spirit – Interview with Alin Gragossian, DO
You might be familiar with Alin Gragossian, DO, from her blog, A Change of Heart, which provides insight into her experience as an ICU-fellow-on-call turned […]

Strategy for Applying to Residency – Interview with Carisa Champion, DO, MPH, JD
At this point, you’ve researched residency programs until you can’t see straight and are figuring out where to apply, which is never easy. To share […]

Finding a Program Where You Can Thrive
The 2021 NRMP Main Match is open. But now what? There are thousands of programs with spots available in this upcoming match cycle, but that […]

Don’t Panic, Get the Facts!
There is little that COVID-19 hasn’t impacted in our daily lives—everything from special events like weddings, funerals, the birth of a baby, to routine daily […]

2021 Match Season – Important Dates & Resources
We understand how uncertain the times are right now, but know you are not alone in navigating it. Due to the pressures of the changing […]

Interview with Sydney Miller, OMS-III, Student Director for NRMP Talks About Challenges Faced During the Pandemic
NBOME caught up with Sydney Miller on Zoom to talk about her experience with COMLEX-USA, her new role as Student Director on the NRMP Board […]

Confronting Mental Health Issues and Advocating for Change
To just say that mental health and the effects of stress and anxiety have a direct impact on academic success would be an understatement. Mental […]

How to Keep Nutrition & Hydration in Your Diet with a Busy Schedule
We’ve all been the kind of busy and stressed out that makes us accidentally miss a meal (and in some cases, not even be hungry […]

Residency Explorer Compares Students to Matched Applicants in Individual Programs in 23 Specialties
Residency Explorer is a resource for rising 4th-year medical students from MD-granting and DO-granting medical schools in the United States and international medical students and […]

How to Meditate without Doing Nothing
What do you picture when you think of meditation a person standing under a waterfall or someone sitting in full lotus chanting “ommm”?  With so […]

COM GRADUATION 2020 – So Many Ways to Celebrate
COVID-19 can’t dampen the excitement of graduating from a College of Osteopathic Medicine and earning the title “DOctor” Let’s celebrate your achievements virtually — Include […]

Fitting Wellness and Mental Health into Your Study Schedule
Katelyn Wray is a second-year medical student at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine on her #RoadtoDOLicensure, and she admits that she doesn’t have it all […]

Match 2020 By The Numbers
NRMP #Match2020 Results. 90.7% match rate for DO Seniors. Up 2.6% over 2019. Up 13% over 2016.                 […]

Match Stories
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FAQ: The single GME 5-year transition concludes on June 30
Here’s what you need to know about residency programs, Osteopathic Recognition and board certification.

A Conversation on Single GME for Residency Program Directors
Medical College of Wisconsin’s DIO, Kenneth B. Simons, MD discusses how residency program directors can utilize COMLEX-USA scores for DO applicants as part of a […]

A Conversation on Single GME for Students
Kenneth B. Simons, MD , Senior Associate Dean for GME and Accreditation at the Medical College of Wisconsin discusses holistic approaches for residency programs and […]

A Conversation with Jonathan Bardahl, DO, on Choosing a Specialty
Jon Bardahl, DO, is currently training in pediatric medicine at OSF HealthCare. In the upcoming academic year starting in July 2020, Dr. Bardahl will be […]

Myths and Misconceptions – Match 2020
With a single GME system comes expanded training opportunities for DO and MD applicants—and many are anxiously awaiting this year’s 2020 NRMP® Main Match, which […]

Match Celebrations
It’s Match week and everybody is invited.  Share your congratulatory messages, photos and videos here!

3 Easy Ways to Make #VirtualMatchDay Memorable
Even though Match 2020 events have been canceled to contain the spread of COVID-19 and help flatten the curve, that doesn’t mean you can’t still […]

5 Ways You Can Get Better Sleep
Sleep is usually the first to fall to the wayside when your time is limited—even when you do manage to carve out the time, it’s […]

#Match2020 Main Tag Board
Where all the #Match2020 tweets live from Twitter.

NRMP Resources
Great resources for Match Week, SOAP applicants, and others.

What can you do if you don’t match?
If you don’t match, your chances of landing a residency position are still high.  

3 Ways to Keep Doing What You Love
We all strive to make #WorkLifeBalance part of our daily practice, but is it? With four years of undergrad, four years of med school, and […]

5 Ways Exercise Can Reduce Stress & Anxiety for Medical Students
Exercise may be the last thing you want to add to your plate this winter—why take it on when you’re already worried about your other […]

Managing Stress and Anxiety on the Road to DO Licensure
“I love taking tests,” said nobody, ever. And we agree.  We want you to know that we truly understand the extraordinary level of stress and […]

Innovations in Assessment: Interview on CATALYST
NBOME recently sat down with Sandra Waters, MEM, Vice President for Collaborative Assessment & Initiatives, to learn more about the upcoming release of CATALYST, a […]