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NBOME

Item Writer of the Year

The NBOME annually evaluates the efforts of the item writers and case authors who contributed to the exams. We honor an author from each exam series whose items or cases are exemplary. The Item Writers and Case Authors of the Year produce exam elements in the type and format needed to ensure a valid, high-quality examination that assesses competencies for osteopathic medicine.

2020 COMLEX-USA Level 1 Item Writer of the Year: Hannah Coulson, DO

Dr. Coulson is an assistant professor of pathology at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus. She has been a significant contributor to all levels of COMLEX-USA since she joined the National Faculty in 2017.

2020 COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE Item Writer of the Year: Robert Gioia, DO, DDS

Dr. Gioia is an attending physician of family medicine at Spectrum Health in Michigan and has been a member of our national faculty since 2018.

2020 COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE Case Author of the Year: Kym Carpentieri, DO

Dr. Carpentieri is an assistant professor of family medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury. She has been a member of the Case Development Committee since 2013.

2020 COMLEX-USA Level 3 Item Writer of the Year: Suzanne Rogers, DO

Dr. Rogers is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been a member of our National Faculty since 2018, and provided significant contributions to the COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE and Level 3 examinations as well as the COMAT Clinical Pediatrics examination.

2020 Clinical Decision-Making (CDM) Case Writer of the Year: Alesia Wagner, DO

Dr. Wagner is the Vice Chair for Primary Care and an Assistant Professor at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine - California, and has been a long-standing member of our National Faculty, as well as the CDM committee. She has provided significant contributions across all of the COMLEX-USA examinations.

2020 COMLEX-USA Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) Item Writer of the Year: Edward Shadiack, III, DO

Dr. Shadiack is a Clinical Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been a member of our National Faculty since 2016, and has been heavily involved with all levels of the COMLEX-USA examinations and COMAT.

2020 COMLEX-USA Preventative Medicine/Health Promotion (PMHP) Item Writer of the Year: Theresa McCann, PhD, MPH, CHSE

Dr. McCann is a Professor and Discipline Chair for Epidemiology, Community & Public Health, and Preventive Medicine at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus. She is a new member to our National Faculty in 2020, and has been heavily involved in all levels of COMLEX-USA examinations.

2020 COMAT Clinical Item Writer of the Year: Bernadette Riley, DO

Dr. Riley is an associate professor of Family Medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury and a long standing member of our National Faculty. She has been a significant contributor to both COMAT and COMLEX-USA examinations.

2020 COMAT Foundational Biomedical Sciences (FBS) Item Writer of the Year: Rebecca Pratt, PhD

Dr. Pratt is a professor of anatomy at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She has been a member of our National Faculty since 2014, and contributes to both COMAT Foundational Biomedical Sciences and COMLEX-USA Level 1 examinations. Dr. Riley was also awarded Item Writer of the Year for COMAT Foundational Biomedical Sciences in 2018.

Item Writers, Case Author and Case Writers of the Year · 2019

2019 COMLEX-USA Level 1 Item Writer of the Year: Martin Schmidt, PhD
Dr. Schmidt is a professor of biochemistry at DMU-COM in Des Moines, Iowa and a long-standing member of our National Faculty. His contributions have been to the COMLEX-USA Level 1 and COMAT Foundational Biomedical Examinations.

2019 COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE Item Writer of the Year: John Dougherty, DO
Dr. Dougherty is the Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (proposed) in Provo, Utah. He has been a member of the National Faculty since 2016.

2019 COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE Case Author of the Year: Robyn Dreibelbis, DO
Dr. Dreibelbis is vice-chair and assistant professor of Family Medicine at WesternU/COMP – Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon. Dr. Dreibelbis has been selected for this award as a member of the Case Development Committee.

2019 COMLEX-USA Level 3 Item Writer of the Year: Binh Phung, DO, MHA
Dr. Phung is a clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics at OSU-COM in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a pediatric hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital at St. Francis. Dr. Phung has focused his talents on the COMLEX-USA Level 3 examination in both multiple-choice questions and clinical decision-making content.

2019 Clinical Decision-Making (CDM) Case Writer of the Year: Brett Stecker, DO
Dr. Stecker is the assistant professor at Alpert Medical School at Brown University and physician advisor at Steward Medical Group at Morton Hospital in South Easton, Massachusetts. Dr. Stecker is experienced in working with the COMLEX-USA Levels 1, 2-CE and 3 examinations, and was previously awarded Item Writer of the Year for COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE in both 2016 and 2018.

2019 COMLEX-USA Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) Item Writer of the Year: Lauren Noto Bell, DO
Dr. Noto Bell is an associate professor at PCOM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a long-standing member of the National Faculty. She has been involved with all levels of the COMLEX-USA examinations and the COMAT clinical exam. She was awarded item writer of the year for OPP in 2017.

2019 COMLEX-USA Preventative Medicine/Health Promotion (PMHP) Item Writer of the Year: Todd Coffey, PhD
Dr. Coffey is chair and associate professor in the department of research and biostatistics at ICOM in Meridian, Idaho. He joined the National Faculty in 2018 and contributes to all levels of the COMLEX-USA level examinations.

2019 COMAT Clinical Item Writer of the Year: Jessica Rogers, DO
Dr. Rogers is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Coyle Institute Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery in Pensacola, Florida. She joined the National Faculty in 2014 and has been a significant contributor to both the COMLEX-USA and COMAT examinations.

2019 COMAT Foundational Biomedical Sciences (FBS) Item Writer of the Year: Lori Redmond, PhD
Dr. Redmond is a professor of Neuroscience at PCOM in Suwanee, Georgia and has been a member of our National Faculty since 2017. She was recruited for and has been a strong contributor to the COMAT Foundational Biomedical Sciences examinations.


Item Writers, Case Author and Case Writers of the Year · 2018

COMLEX-USA Program

Item Writer · Level 1

Jonathan Auten, DO

Item Writer Level 2-Cognitive Evaluation

Brett Stecker, DO

Case Author · Level 2-Performance Evaluation

Maurice Oelklaus, DO

Item Writer · Level 3

Megan Krease, DO, MS

Case Writer · Clinical Decision Making

Teresa Kilgore, DO

Item Writer · Health Promotion/Disease Prevention

Jason Eberl, PhD

COMAT Program

Item Writer · Clinical Disciplines

Katherine Mitzel, DO

Item Writer · Foundational Biomedical Sciences

Rebecca Pratt, PhD

Item Writers and Case Author of the Year · 2017

Press Release

Item Writer · Level 1

Rani Bright, MBSS, HCLD

Item Writer · Level 2-Cognitive Evaluation

Shannon C. Scott, DO

Case Author · Level 2-Performance Evaluation

Kathryn Brandt, DO, MS, MEdL

Item Writer · Level 3

Jaime M. Rawson, DO

Case Writer · Clinical Decision Making

Peter F. Bidey, DO, MSEd

Case Writer · Clinical Decision Making

Matthew F. Geromi, DO

Item Writer · Health Promotion and Disease Prevention/Health Care Delivery

Deborah L. Blackwell, DO

Item Writer · Osteopathic Principles and Practice

Lauren Noto-Bell, DO

COMAT Program

Item Writer · Clinical Disciplines

Daniel L. Griffin, DO

Item Writer · Foundational Biomedical Sciences

Jandy B. Hanna, PhD

Item Writers and Case Author of the Year · 2016

Press Release

Case Author of the Year

Steven T. O'Donnell, DO
COMLEX-USA Level 2-Performance Evaluation

Item Writer of the Year

Kathryn J. Leyva, PhD
COMLEX-USA Level 1

Item Writer of the Year

Brett S. Stecker, DO
COMLEX-USA Level 2-Cognitive Evaluation

Item Writer of the Year

Kara C. Mintier, DO
COMLEX-USA Level 3

Item Writer of the Year

Donna-Marie McMahon, DO, FAAP
COMAT Program

Item Writer of the Year

Joanna L. Drowos, DO, MPH, MBA
COMLEX-USA Health Promotion/Disease Prevention and Health Care Delivery

Item Writer of the Year

David B. Fuller, DO, FAAO
COMLEX-USA Osteopathic Principles and Practice

Item Writers and Case Author of the Year · 2015

Press Release

Case Author of the Year

  • Peter A. Bell, DO, MBA · COMLEX-USA Level 2-Performance Evaluation
 

Item Writers of the Year

  • Danielle L. Cooley, DO · COMAT Program
  • Thomas J. Fotopoulos, DO · COMLEX-USA Osteopathic Principles and Practice
  • Kathleen P. O'Hagan, PhD · COMLEX-USA Level 1
  • Joseph C. Nemcok, DO · COMLEX-USA Level 2-Cognitive Evaluation
  • Mark R. Speicher, PhD · COMLEX-USA Health Promotion and Disease Prevention/Health Care Delivery
  • Theodore A. Spevack, DO · COMLEX-USA Level 3 Cognitive Evaluation

Item Writers and Case Author of the Year · 2014

Case Author of the Year

 

Item Writers of the Year

Item Writers and Case Author of the Year · 2013

Case Author of the Year

 

Item Writers of the Year

Item Writers and Case Author of the Year · 2012

Case Author of the Year

  • Rubin Lin, DO, MSHS-HPE · COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE
 

Item Writers of the Year

  • Randy Kulesza, Jr, PhD · COMLEX-USA Level 1
  • Joseph C. Nemcok, DO · COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE
  • Elizabeth Petsche, JD · Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • Mollie M. James, DO, MPH · COMLEX-USA Level 3
  • Danielle Cooley, DO · Osteopathic Principles and Practice

Item Writers and Case Author of the Year · 2011

Case Author of the Year

  • John Hohner, DO · COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE
 

Item Writers of the Year

  • Kenneth Hentschel, DO, PhD · COMLEX-USA Level 1
  • Kathy LePard, PhD · COMLEX-USA Level 1
  • Steven Perkins, DO · COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE
  • Michelle DeVoe, DO · COMLEX-USA Level 3
  • Meredith Davison, PhD, MPH · Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • Jan Hendryx, DO · Osteopathic Principles and Practice
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