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Education and Advocacy

The NBOME works tirelessly to identify biases, clarify information, and educate on osteopathic distinctiveness and the COMLEX-USA credential. We join efforts with our fellow osteopathic organizations to increase awareness and acceptance of DO credentials for all students, residents, and physicians. The DO seniors who set the record match rate of 91.3 percent during the 2022 NRMP Match are a testament to the value that osteopathic distinction brings to healthcare.

We conduct our advocacy efforts through engagement, outreach, and connection. By extending our hand to programs, institutions, and organizations, we have forged new partnerships under the common goal of supporting our profession. These strategies have resulted in a high success rate for our advocacy efforts. Read more in our Recent Advovacy Wins column.

Removing Roadblocks to Residency

The NBOME advocates for a holistic review of residency applicants, and encourages program directors and other GME personnel to evaluate applicants based on their unique experiences, attributes, and competencies.

However, if licensure examinations continue to be used as part of that holistic review process, then COMLEX-USA should be what is looked at to evaluate DOs, as it is the only examination aligned with the education and practice of osteopathic medicine. We will continue to advocate on student’s behalf to alleviate the undue barriers placed on them as they travel the Road to DO Licensure.

IF YOU HAVE…

  • Felt excluded from a program for being an osteopathic student
  • Been required to pay a significantly higher tuition or fee rate than MD students
  • Had your COMLEX-USA scores rejected for application
  • Been required to submit USMLE scores to apply for a program

We invite you to submit this form so that we may pursue this matter directly with the appropriate program, institution, and/or specialty leadership. Your name and email will only be used for communication between you and the NBOME. Unless you specify otherwise, our outreach on your behalf will be confidential.




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“THANK YOU SO MUCH! Thank you all so much for the work you do and for keeping me updated. I so appreciate it. I also appreciate these two programs making those changes, because these things I’m finding on FREIDA really do impact me (and I’m sure many others). As someone with a lot of debt and a limited amount of financial resources, us students have to ensure our money is being spent applying to places we feel like we have a shot at, and the things I see in FREIDA actually DID deter me from applying to these programs, until now.” – OMS-IV

Recent Advocacy Wins:

UC Anschutz
After hearing concerns about the program’s clinical rotation requirements for USMLE Step 1, the NBOME and AACOM reached out to CU Anschutz, which then explained they would be happy to accept COMLEX-USA scores for visiting osteopathic students and updated their guidelines accordingly.Read More >
OHSU
After learning that the website for the OHSU Department of Psychiatry’s Adult Psychiatry residency program seemed to indicate a preference for USMLE scores over COMLEX scores, we reached out to the program director. The program’s website was then updated to make it clearer that the program does accept COMLEX-USA scores as part of its application process.Read More >
Oregon Health & Science University Adult Psychiatry Residency Program website and UT Southwestern VSLO
OHSU and UT-SW websites were corrected to clarify that COMLEX-USA is accepted for DO candidates.
Internal Medicine Structured Evaluation Letter Guidelines
Guidelines were updated to include COMAT and reference COMAT scores appropriately, following collaboration with the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Emergency Medicine and Memorial Hermann Family Medicine
The NBOME continues outreach to these residencies currently revisiting their policies to require USMLE for all applicants.
AACOM’s Council on Residency Placement (CORP)
The NBOME is collaborating with a taskforce of CORP to create specialty specific advising guides for osteopathic students.
Doximity
Residency Navigator tool was expanded to include data on COMLEX-USA scores and data for DO applicants in the NRMP’s Charting Outcomes for Osteopathic Seniors.
Below are some additional programs we have engaged in outreach with and who have embraced parity for osteopathic applicants and COMLEX.
  • Presence Health
    Website was updated to show that COMLEX-USA is accepted for DOs.
  • HCA Healthcare
    Policy updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Akron General Surgery
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Beaumont Hospital
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • University of Utah Program
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Texas Tech University Health Science Center Paul L Foster School of Medicine
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
    FREIDA profile updated to show COMLEX-USA required for DOs.
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Amita Health
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • New York Medical College (Westchester)
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Mayo Clinic – Phoenix
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Northeast Georgia Medical Center
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Creighton University School of Medicine
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Program confirmed acceptance of COMLEX-USA.
  • Memorial Healthcare System
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Program confirmed acceptance of COMLEX-USA.
  • Cleveland Clinic
    Program confirmed acceptance of COMLEX-USA.
  • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
    Program confirmed acceptance of COMLEX-USA.
  • Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport)
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Website updated to show COM students (and COMLEX-USA) are accepted.
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Website updated to show COM students are accepted.
  • University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
    Program confirmed acceptance of COM students (and COMLEX-USA).
  • Hospital for Specialty Surgery
    Website updated to show COM students are accepted.
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA is accepted; fees structure to be discussed.
  • Oregon Health & Science University
    Website updated to show COMLEX-USA accepted for DOs.

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