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 91.6 percent during the 2023 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 by clicking our Program Outreach button at right.
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.
We are currently improving our advocacy form. Please submit any requests to email@example.com
Highlighted Advocacy Wins
- Continuing Support from Specialty Residency Leaders
- More support for the holistic residency application process, and the COMLEX-USA’s role in that process for DOs. Most recently, academic leaders in Pediatrics and PM&R have gone on record with their support.
- Support from Professional Organizations
- The NBOME is pleased to report that support for DO residency applicants and COMLEX-USA continues to grow among residency program directors, including the Association of Anesthesiology Core Program Directors, the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training, and the Council of Academic Family Medicine.
- CU Anschutz
- After hearing concerns about the program’s clinical rotation requirements for USMLE Step 1, the NBOME and AACOM reached out to CU Anschutz personnel who explained they would be happy to accept COMLEX-USA scores for visiting osteopathic students and updated their guidelines accordingly. Read More.
- OHSU | Adult Psychiatry Program
- 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 spoke with 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.