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Who We Are

The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) is an independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization. Since our founding in 1934, we have been recognized for excellence in the national and international arenas of osteopathic physician testing and evaluation. We produce a number of osteopathically distinct assessments and partner with other organizations on their assessment programs.

   

Mission

Protecting the Public by Providing the Means to Assess Competencies for Osteopathic Medicine & Related Health Care Professions

With the patient as our North Star, we work to ensure high-quality assessment services for the osteopathic profession and related health care professions. We are proud of the valid, reliable and fair assessment tools that help ensure the public is treated by competent, caring healthcare professionals.

Vision

The Global Leader in the Assessment of Osteopathic Medicine & Related Health Care Professions

As the leader in osteopathically distinctive assessment, we strive to advance the quality of assessments across the education, training, and practice continuum in osteopathic medicine and other healthcare professions.

Values

Guided by our mission and vision, we remain true to our core values. They are:
Patient Safety Our Primary Goal We pledge our priority to uphold the public's trust for safe and high quality health care from the individual patient to the global population.
Integrity Doing The Right Thing, The Right Way We carry out our mission with actions, communications, and standards that are always honest, professional, and fair with the highest regard and respect for individuals.
Accountability Owning Our Outcomes We are responsible and accountable for our behaviors, actions, and outcomes – we all own the success as one team and take personal and professional responsibility.
Excellence Doing Our Best We strive to achieve the highest quality in our work, in our relationships and in our service – embracing change, and continuously improving and learning.
Collaboration Working Together We operate as a team in a climate of trust, respect and cooperation toward each other, our constituents, and our partners.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Opportunities for All We value the diversity of all people and their backgrounds, commit to representing their needs and advocating for equity and inclusion in our policies, products and services.

Our Leadership

The NBOME has many dedicated volunteers and staff, comprising of the National Faculty, our Committee of the Board, Board of Directors, and Executive Leadership.



History

 
 

The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners was established in 1934 as the National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (NBEOPS), an independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization established to protect the public by providing the means to assess competencies for osteopathic medicine and related health care professions.

In the Public Trust: The History of NBOME 1934 – 2009 was published in 2019 in celebration of the NBOME’s 75th anniversary. The book chronicles the milestones and benchmarks that have made us the respected organization we are today, both in the United States and internationally.

Collaboration

Achieving our leadership objectives through close membership and collaboration with key domestic and international organizations.

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Strategy

The public’s need for transparency and entrustability in ensuring safe, quality health care is driving increasing demand for assessment across the education, training, and practice continuum in osteopathic medicine, as well as in other health care professions. As a result, this environment provides unprecedented opportunities and challenges for the NBOME.

In an effort to expand the depth, breadth and pace of enhancements to assessment within the osteopathic medical profession and in other health care professions, the NBOME developed a new strategic plan -- ACEL.
ACEL will accelerate our mission of protecting the public through rigorous osteopathic medical testing while serving as our guide as we work toward becoming the global leader in  assessment services and products for osteopathic medicine and related health care professions.
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