NBOME National Faculty

Critical to our mission of protecting the public through rigorous competency assessment of osteopathic medical practitioners, our dedicated National Faculty includes over 700 active, engaged members from across the nation.  These thought leaders have diverse expertise in all osteopathic health professions and specialties, osteopathic medical education and evaluation, and osteopathic physician licensure and regulation.

National Faculty Activities

Benefits of Participation

  • CME credits through the AOA for status 1a and 1b activities
  • Letters of scholarly activity provided quarterly to the person(s) of your choosing
  • The opportunity to grow and expand your network of peers in the profession

Available Opportunities

Item Writers. The NBOME welcomes enthusiastic, interested, and qualified individuals to consider writing test items in their respective specialty for use in COMLEX-USA and/or COMAT examinations.  You may qualify to join the unique group of subject matter experts who contribute to the future of osteopathic medicine by writing or reviewing test items or clinical cases for COMLEX-USA or COMAT examinations if you meet one or more of these criteria:

  • You have a DO degree, have an active license to practice, and have passed the COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2-Cognitive Evaluation, Level 2-Performance Evaluation and COMLEX-USA Level 3 (or the predecessor examinations, NBOME Parts 1, 2 and 3)
  • You are a DO or other credentialed faculty member (PhD, EdD, MD, MPH) teaching at a college of osteopathic medicine or in an AOA- or ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program
  • You serve on a state medical licensing board OR are a physician in clinical practice
  • You have AOA board certification and are engaged in osteopathic continuous certification or maintenance of certification programs - physicians with these credentials are strongly desired as are senior residents, fellows, and new physicians in practice of less than five years
  • Ad-hoc volunteer faculty positions for examination item writer positions are also available.

Case Authors. Members of the NBOME's Case Development Committee (CDC) author the medical cases portrayed by standardized patients in the COMLEX-USA Level 2-Performance Evaluation (Level 2-PE), the clinical skills component of the COMLEX-USA licensure examination series. CDC members participate in workshops in which the medical cases, checklists and physician rater guides (SOAP note and OMT) are developed and refined. On an annual basis, the CDC reviews the scoring rubrics and tools used in the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE (Global Patient Assessment, SOAP note scoring, OMT, and PE Database), as well as the examination blueprint, and makes recommendations regarding these to the NBOME's Clinical Skills Testing Advisory Committee.The CDC membership consists of representatives from colleges of osteopathic medicine, graduate medical education programs, state medical boards and clinical practice. Osteopathic physicians are preferred, but consideration is given as well to qualified individuals who possess the MD, PhD, EdD, MEd or MA/MS degrees. Members must demonstrate familiarity or have had experience with clinical skills testing, case development for standardized patient-based examinations, and the assessment of fourth-year osteopathic medical students/first-year residents.

Resident Volunteers. The NBOME also welcomes resident volunteers to contribute to the content development process.  As a recent COMLEX-USA examination tester, you will participate in learning opportunities item writing training, examination development, and standard setting.  Network with colleagues from across the US in a wide variety of specialties and disciplines, as you support the advancement of testing standards, continuous quality improvement, innovations in testing, and research.

Who Should Participate?

  • DOs from an AOA-COCA accredited college of osteopathic medicine
  • Individuals who have passed COMLEX-USA licensure examination series
  • DOs with an active license (training or full) to practice medicine
  • Individuals who anticipate a career in academic medicine or service to the profession as a clinical teacher

Additional Qualifications

  • Service as a Chief or Senior Resident/Fellow with expanded teaching responsibilities
  • Publication in peer-reviewed journal(s)

Become a Member

We invite practicing osteopathic physicians, student residents, educators, researchers, and assessment experts to submit a letter of interest, including the opportunity you are applying for (item writer, case author, resident volunteer), why you are interested in the role and a description of your qualifications. Email this information and a copy of your current CV to NBOME National Faculty with the position noted in the subject line.

Resources and Training

To assist our item writers in ensuring the highest-quality test items, the NBOME provides an introductory training course in the NBOME Learning Center.  All NBOME National Faculty are encouraged to complete Item Writing 101: Multiple-Choice Items with Realistic Clinical Scenarios.

Coupon codes are available for National Faculty members to complete the course at no charge.  Learn more.

National Faculty Chairs

The NBOME is honored to have the following leaders and experts serve as our 2019 National Faculty Chairs.
Clinical Sciences Department and Division Chairs
John E. Thornburg

Ben D. Huang, DO, MPH

Emergency Medicine
Janis Coffin

Janis S. Coffin, DO

Family Medicine


Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, & Dermatology
Eric J. Carlson, DO, MPH

Eric J. Carlson, DO, MPH

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mark E. Sandhouse, DO, MS

Mark E. Sandhouse, DO, MS

Osteopathic Principles & Practice | Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
Ava C. Stanczak, DO

Ava C. Stanczak, DO

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MA

Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MA

Preventive Medicine & Health Promotion
Eduardo Velasco, MD, MSc, PhD

Eduardo Velasco, MD, MSc, PhD

Biostatistics & Epidemiology Division
Sarah E. Hall, DO

Sarah M. Hall, DO

Medical Ethics, Jurisprudence, & Professionalism Division
Ali Moradi

Ali Moradi, MD, MPH, DrPH

Public Health & Preventive Medicine Division
Ryan Smith

Ryan M. Smith, DO, MSEd, PhD

Psychiatry, Neurology, & Clinical Neurosciences
Samuel M. Cosmello, DO, RPh

Samuel M. Cosmello, DO, RPh

Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging
Jay M. Crutchfield, MD, FACS

Jay M. Crutchfield, MD, FACS

Surgery, Surgical Subspecialties, & Anesthesia
Foundational Biomedical Sciences Chairs
Robert J. Theobald, PhD

Robert J. Theobald, PhD

Foundational Biomedical Sciences
Randy J. Kulesza Jr.

Randy J. Kulesza Jr., PhD

Anatomy Division
Martha A. Faner, PhD

Martha A. Faner, PhD

Biochemistry Division
Susan M. Viselli

Susan M. Viselli, PhD

Genetics Division
Peter Gulick

Peter Gulick, DO

Microbiology & Immunology Division

Thomas E. Rosenzweig, MD

Pathology Division
Adrienne Z. Ables

Adrienne Z. Ables, MS, PharmD

Pharmacology Division
Kathleen P. O’Hagan, PhD

Kathleen P. O’Hagan, PhD

Physiology Division
COMLEX-USA Examination Chairs
Joyce A. Brown, CHSE

Joyce A. Brown, DO, CHSE

Charles A. Finch Jr.

Charles A. Finch Jr., DO

David Kuo

David Kuo, DO

Michael F. Oliverio

Michael F. Oliverio, DO

COMAT Examination Chairs
Thomas E. Benzoni, DO, EM, AOBEM

Thomas E. Benzoni, DO, EM, AOBEM

Emergency Medicine
Tracy O. Middleton

Tracy O. Middleton, DO

Family Medicine
Michael L. Smith

Michael L. Smith, PhD

Foundational Biomedical Sciences
Natasha N. Bray, DO, MSEd

Natasha N. Bray, DO, MSEd

Internal Medicine
Ralph O. Boling, DO, MS

Ralph O. Boling, DO, MS

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Danielle L. Cooley

Danielle L. Cooley, DO

Osteopathic Principles & Practice | Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Alissa P. Craft, DO


Furhut Janssen, DO

Michelle M. Sowden, DO

Michelle M. Sowden, DO

COMVEX Examination Chair
H. Timothy Dombrowski

H. Timothy Dombrowski, DO, MPH

Content Committee Chairs
Peter F. Bidey, DO, MSEd

Peter F. Bidey, DO, MSEd

Clinical Decision-Making & Key Features
Dennis Dowling

Dennis J. Dowling, DO, MA

Point of Care Knowledge, Education and Testing

Item Writers and Case Authors of the Year

The NBOME annually undertakes an objective evaluation of the item writers and case authors who contributed to the exams. An author from each exam series whose items or cases are a model for the type and format needed to produce a valid, high-quality examination that assesses competencies for osteopathic medicine and related health professions is honored with Item Writer or Case Author of the Year status. Item Writer & Case Author of the Year Awardees
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