NBOME Announces New National Faculty Chairs
January 3, 2023
The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), an independent, nonprofit organization that provides competency assessments for osteopathic medical licensure and related health care professions, is proud to announce the following appointments to its National Faculty Chair positions effective January 2023:
Competency Domain Chair
Interpersonal and communication skills in the practice of osteopathic medicine
Charles Finch, DO
Finch joined the National Faculty in 2013, most recently serving as COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE Chair and as an exam contributor. He is also the 2022 recipient of the John E. Thornburg, DO, PhD, National Faculty Leadership Award.
Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Bernadette Riley, DO
Riley joined the National Faculty in 2013, most recently serving as an exam contributor, and was named COMAT Clinical Item Writer of the Year in 2020. She regularly treats patients with severe disabilities and those who are transgender, and is passionate about improving healthcare disparities and access to care for underserved populations. She also lectures nationally on LGBTQIA+ care.
Department Chair: Family Medicine (interim)
Robert N. Agnello, DO
Agnello joined the National Faculty in 2014, most recently serving on the COMAT Family Medicine Subcommittee and as an exam contributor.
Michael F. Oliverio, DO
Oliverio has served the NBOME for more than 20 years, most recently serving as COMLEX-USA Level 3 Chair and as an exam contributor. He is also the 2022 recipient of the John E. Thornburg, DO, PhD, National Faculty Leadership Award and is a member of the NBOME Board of Directors.
Foundational Biomedical Sciences (FBS) Division Chair – Physiology
Edward Wagner, PhD
Wagner has served as an exam contributor for COMLEX-USA Level 1 and COMAT FBS for nearly 20 years, most recently as Physiology Discipline Lead for COMAT FBS.
COMLEX-USA Level 3 Examination Chair
Brett Stecker, DO
Stecker has served the NBOME for more than a decade as an exam contributor and as member and vice chair of the COMLEX-USA Level 3 Advisory Committee. He was named Item Writer of the Year three times for his work on COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE, and is a two-time winner of Case Author of the Year for Clinical Decision Making.
Finally, the NBOME Board would like to extend its thanks and gratitude for those who completed service in their National Faculty Chair positions in 2022:
- Janis S. Coffin, DO, Clinical Sciences Department Chair – Family Medicine
- Samuel M. Cosmello, RPh, DO, Clinical Sciences Department Chair – Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging
- Timothy Dombrowski, DO, MPH, National Faculty COMVEX Examination Chair
- Furhut R. Janssen, DO, COMAT Examination Chair – Psychiatry
- Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MA, Clinical Sciences Department Chair – Preventive Medicine & Health Promotion
- Kathleen P. O’Hagan, PhD, Foundational Biomedical Sciences Division Chair – Physiology
- Michael F. Oliverio, DO, COMLEX-USA Level 3 Examination Chair
About the NBOME:
The NBOME is an independent, non-governmental, nonprofit assessment organization committed to protecting the public by providing the means to assess competencies for osteopathic medicine and related health care professions. NBOME’s COMLEX-USA examination series is a requirement for graduation from colleges of osteopathic medicine and provides the pathway to licensure for osteopathic physicians in the United States and numerous international jurisdictions.
Renee Cree, MA
Director for Communications