Services & Resources for Health Care Organizations


Assessment Support You Can Trust

Since 1934, the NBOME has been recognized for excellence in osteopathically distinct physician assessment. The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination-USA (COMLEX-USA) is the examination series used for osteopathic medical licensure. Passing this examination series assures the public that osteopathic physicians have met an established national standard of osteopathic medical knowledge and clinical skills.

Each year, thousands of osteopathic medical students and physicians access our osteopathically distinct examinations that are supported by extensive validity and reliability evidence. By delivering reliable high-quality assessments and learning tools, the NBOME fulfills its mission to protect the public and provide assessments of the highest quality for osteopathic medicine and related health care professions. These examinations along with their coordinated learning resources are created by experts in osteopathic medicine and medical assessment. We are proud that these leaders serve on the NBOME Board, our National Faculty, and our professional staff.

The success of COMLEX-USA and our other core examinations has enabled the NBOME to create customized assessment services for partner organizations and clients. At the NBOME, we are experts at offering an ever-expanding range of services and resources for assessing competency in osteopathic medicine and related health care professions across the medical continuum, from medical school and residency to certification/recertification and continuing professional development.

We work with partner organizations and clients to create customized assessment programs built on our successful examination platform to meet their individual assessment needs.

Our Assessment Partners

Our goal at the NBOME is to anticipate the emerging and evolving assessment needs of our clients and partner organizations by offering a range of options built on our experience in providing both cognitive and clinical skills assessment services. We collaborate with specialty colleges and academies, certification/recertification boards, and licensure assessment organizations to provide highly customized assessment services in osteopathic medicine and related health care professions to enhance assessment and improve patient care.

The collaboration often begins with the question: “Can you help us with a specific assessment need?” We respond by undertaking a creative dialogue that addresses partner concerns, objectives, and goals to ensure common understanding with a detailed project plan and implementation solution that ensures assessment success.

NBOME partners with osteopathic specialty boards and related health care organizations to provide examination development, administration, and psychometric services for cognitive assessment and/or clinical skills/performance testing related to training, licensure, and/or certification. We deliver these services with strict adherence to adherence to the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing1.

Currently, we support more than 40 collaborative examinations administered to more than 8500 examinees. We continually enhance and expand services for these testing programs, including assessment administration, design, development, delivery, and results, along with expertise in test blueprinting, item development, medical editing, item-writer training, score reporting, and support in collaborative research projects.

The NBOME’S Assessment Partners
American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) Core Osteopathic Recognition Readiness Examination (CORRE)
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Resident In-Service Examination
American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) Certification Examination
American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery(ABFCS) Certification Examination
American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS) Certification and Recertification Examinations
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Resident In-Service Examination and Clinical Osteopathic Recognition Training Examination (CORTEx)
American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) Resident In-Service Examination
American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) Resident In-Service Examination
National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE) Part II Clinical Skills Patient Encounter (Part II CSPE)

1 Standards for educational & psychological testing (2014 edition). American Educational Research Association website.


How Can We Help You?

Cognitive Testing Services (Summative Assessment)

Providing summative assessments of medical knowledge and related competencies is a major core of the NBOME’s expertise. Our test development professionals follow nationally recognized best practices for ensuring security, legal defensibility and psychometric standards including reliability and validity evidence.

Building on this foundation, we provide cognitive testing services and support to partner organizations customized to their needs. These services include exam development, production and administration as well as psychometric analyses and scoring.

Exam Development

  • Item development, test development, and other support for customized exams
  • Computerized item-banking (question repository services)
  • Item- and Rationale-writing workshops and seminars
  • Clinical skills case development and support
  • Performance assessment
  • Ongoing learning and continuing medical education online resources

Exam Production & Administration

  • Exam production in all formats, including computer-generated, using our delivery platform
  • Interfacing and coordination with suppliers to deliver computer-based examinations in a secure testing environment, via the web, and at Prometric test centers nationwide
  • Examinee verification
  • Online test registration and credentialing
  • Exam-day delivery services for in-service examinations, including registration, proctor-training, and test-day support

Psychometric & Scoring Services

  • Classical item analysis and scoring
    • Reporting on individual and cohort performance
  • Item response theory (IRT) calibrations, scaling, and equating
  • Standard-setting consultation and studies for establishment of pass/fail standards for assessment and periodic resetting

Formative Assessment

NBOME also provides formative assessments to complement its core high-stakes summative assessments. These formative assessments can help learners prepare for their high stakes examinations by presenting additional learning opportunities and user-focused remediation.

CATALYSTTM is NBOME’s assessment FOR learning. CATALYST is a convenient, easy to use online platform that presents immediate feedback with learning resources to help physicians and healthcare professionals learn and retain practice-relevant knowledge. Unlike current “tests” that offer a single view into a learner’s performance, products on the CATALYST platform are designed to measure learning and progress over time, making them ideal vehicles for lifelong learning, focused remediation, continuous professional development and recertification. (See more about CATALYST in Online Learning.)

Clinical Skills Testing

Clinical skills assessments of students and practicing physicians are a vital component of many health care examinations. These certification, recertification, and licensure assessments require highly sophisticated performance evaluations that simulate live encounters between health care professionals and patients, complementing and augmenting traditional summative assessments of medical knowledge.

Our experience with administering the COMLEX-USA Level 2-Performance Evaluation to tens of thousands of osteopathic medical students since 2004 provides a solid foundation that supports partners with planning, launching, and maintaining a robust clinical skills assessment program customized to their needs. ­­­­­The clinical tests are administered at one of two NBOME National Center for Clinical Skills Testing (NCCST) locations—Philadelphia and Chicago.

Contact us for more information about how our cognitive and clinical skills examinations can support your assessment needs.


Resources for Practicing Physicians

Lifelong Learning & Continuing Medical Education (CME)

As a practicing osteopathic physician, you can rely on the NBOME to support your needs for continuous professional development.

The NBOME Learning Center offers on-demand online learning activities, as well as live webinars and events for osteopathic physicians and other health care professionals to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and meet American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) requirements. Learning Center programs can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

Contact us for more information about how our resources can support your continuous professional development and lifelong learning as an osteopathic physician or in a related health care field.

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