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