NBOME 7 COMLEX-USA Update for Residency Program Directors

PRESENTER: John Gimpel, DO, Med — National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) President and CEO

SUMMARY: Program Directors are faced with increasing numbers of applicants and challenges in determining applicants with the best fit. The NBOME advocates for holistic processes for residency applications, and cautions against the sole use or overuse of licensure examinations in the residency application process. However, to assist PDs and other stakeholders with understanding COMLEX-USA and its scores, the NBOME has provided a number of resources, accessible on the NBOME website and via an iPhone App. The presentation will describe the COMLEX-USA examination, focusing on resources for PDs and Coordinators in interpreting COMLEX-USA scores. In addition, the presentation will highlight further changes to the COMLEX-USA Level 3 examination, taken by residents and required for licensure, including attestation by PDs that residents are in good standing, and resources to help DO residents to prepare for this examination. Finally, a new “CORRE” readiness assessment being developed for use with MD applicants for ACGME-accredited programs with osteopathic recognition will be described.

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