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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 […]

2023 Match Season – Important Dates & Resources
The 2022 Match cycle was an unprecedented one for DO seniors and graduates; more than 7,048 osteopathic applicants matched in March 2022, and DO seniors […]

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.

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 […]

Stories from the Road: 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.

2022 Match Season – Important Dates & Resources
You watched the incredible resilience of the Class of 2021 as they navigated a match cycle during the pandemic. Everything they had been told to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Myths and Misconceptions – COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE
We’re guessing you don’t necessarily believe everything you hear or read these days, especially on the internet. While knowledge sharing is one of the best […]

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 […]

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