NBOME President Visits LUCOM, Encourages Second-Years
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Office of Medical Education hosted John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, FACOFP, FAAFP, president and CEO of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Center for Medical and Health Sciences (CMHS).
“I’m here to give updates on the NBOME and COMLEX, but I’m really here because I want to hear from you, as students, and the concerns and questions that you have,” said Dr. Gimpel. He spoke to LUCOM’s second-year student-doctors about important changes that are coming to the COMLEX-USA and how it will affect student-doctors and residents alike. He also answered students’ questions and concerns.
“Taking tests are important,” said Dr. Gimpel. “You have to take tests to get your degree, to become a DO, to get into a residency, test-taking is important.” He answered questions that student-doctors had in regards to taking the COMLEX exam, The Match, residency programs and the single accreditation system for GME.
He discussed requirements for taking COMLEX and shared a master blueprint for preparation for the exam. COMLEX-USA is an examination for Osteopathic medical practice and it is a maturation linked exam with two levels, and each level must be passed before a student-doctor can take the next level. Passing both Level 1 and Level 2 must be done before a student-doctor can earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. “COMLEX is a licensing exam that is required,” said Dr. Gimpel. “The importance of COMLEX is that you can’t get into a residency without taking it.”
He encouraged LUCOM students to register and schedule their exam early, to be prepared, be professional and to be proactive.
Student-Doctors from the Class of 2021 will begin taking the COMLEX at the end of May into the beginning of June, and throughout August.