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August 1, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA. The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), an independent, nonprofit organization that provides testing for osteopathic medical licensure and related healthcare professions, is excited to mark 2019 as the 85th anniversary of its founding.

Since its founding in 1934, and particularly in recent years, the NBOME has experienced substantial growth and opportunities given the many changes in healthcare, medical education and medical regulation. The NBOME’s assessment portfolio has grown to encompass the continuum of education, training, and continuous professional development for osteopathic medicine and a number of other healthcare professions, both in the United States and in other countries.

“We continue to be steadfast in our commitment to the NBOME’s mission and producing valid, reliable, and defensible national standardized assessment tools, and acknowledging the critical role that osteopathically distinctive assessment plays in protecting the public,” said John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, NBOME President and CEO, “We are thankful for the strategic direction and leadership our Board of Directors has provided throughout our history, and the unparalleled support NBOME receives from the osteopathic medical community and our numerous other partners in health care.”

Coinciding with the 85 year celebration is the launch of NBOME’s enhanced blueprint for the COMLEX-USA examination series. This multi-stage update to the organization’s flagship exam series is the culmination of nearly 10 years of work in evidence-based design led by NBOME’s National Faculty, including subject matter experts from the education, licensure and clinical practice communities. In addition, NBOME has expanded the COMAT product portfolio with the Foundational Biomedical Sciences exam series, and also introduced the CATALYST longitudinal assessment platform for formative testing and continuous professional development.

A provisional logo and accompanying information resources focused on NBOME’s 85 year legacy, including as a dedicated webpage and social media campaign, are planned for the remainder of the year.

About the NBOME 

NBOME is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit 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.