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NBOME Establishes Reproductive Health Task Force

December 19, 2022

As part of its Strategic Plan, the NBOME is committed to updating and innovating our assessment examinations to ensure that DOs meet a national standard to provide safe, quality, and effective patient care.

While the recent Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson may affect future osteopathic physicians in some states more than others, the NBOME requires that its national licensure and other standardized assessments remain fair, accurate, and valid for all exam candidates across the U.S.

To that end, the NBOME has created a Reproductive Health Task Force, to determine the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on its national examinations. While the NBOME anticipates minimal impact on its exam content, the task force will help develop guidelines that support currency, fairness, and validity in our examinations regarding reproductive health topics.

The task force comprises a diverse group of osteopathic physicians from across the country and across multiple disciplines and is led by OB-GYN Anita Showalter, DO, MA.

Showalter was chosen to lead the task force due to her years of experience providing much-needed care to the women and babies in her community. She is a distinguished fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists and received that organization’s Mentor of the Year award in 2017. She also served on the NBOME Board of Directors from 2012-2021.

“The physicians of the Reproductive Health Task Force are excited to serve NBOME and its stakeholders by assuring the assessments remain fair and relevant,” said Showalter. “The variety of specialties, geographic areas, and backgrounds represented will provide broad expertise for the task at hand.”

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