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NBOME National Faculty

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

National Faculty Activities

  • Review the COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint
  • Write and review test items, cases, and rationales to ensure quality and fairness
  • Assist in recruiting residents and newly practicing physicians
  • Contribute to online learning modules
  • Serve on Board and operational committees
  • Develop into National Faculty leadership roles

Benefits of Participation

  • CME credits through the AOA for status 1a and 1b activities
  • Letters of scholarly activity provided for promotion and tenure
  • Acknowledgement in the NBOME Annual Report
  • Opportunities to grow and expand your professional network

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.

There are other valuable learning modules available for National Faculty members to access in our Learning Center.

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. Ad hoc volunteer faculty positions for examination item and rationale writer positions are also available.

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 with a career in academic osteopathic medicine who serve as a clinical or biomedical sciences instructor
  • Individuals who serve on a state medical licensing board or are physicians in clinical practice

Additional Qualifications

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

Becoming a Member

We invite practicing osteopathic physicians, student residents, educators, researchers, and assessment experts to submit a letter of interest. Email this information and a copy of your current CV to NBOME National Faculty.

National Faculty Chairs

The NBOME is honored to have the following leaders and experts serve as our 2021 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
Angela C. Cavanna

Angela C. Cavanna, DO

Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, & Dermatology

Stephanie L. Zeszutek, DO, RPh

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Danielle L. Cooley, DO

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

H. Eduardo Velasco, MD, MSc, PhD

Biostatistics & Epidemiology Division

William R. Blazey, DO

Medical Ethics, Jurisprudence, & Professionalism Division
Ali Moradi

Ali Moradi, MD, MPH, DrPH

Public Health & Preventive Medicine Division
Ryan Smith

Ryan M. Smith, DO, PhD, MBA, MSEd

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

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

Robert J. Theobald Jr., 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
Balbina J. Plotkin

Balbina J. Plotkin, PhD, MEd

Microbiology & Immunology Division

Thomas E. Rosenzweig, MD

Pathology Division
Adrienne Z. Ables

Adrienne Z. Ables, PharmD, MS

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

Wayne R. Carlsen

Wayne R. Carlsen, DO

Michael F. Oliverio

Michael F. Oliverio, DO

COMAT Examination Chairs
Thomas E. Benzoni, DO, EM

Thomas E. Benzoni, DO

Emergency Medicine

Sarah M. Hall, 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

Rebecca E. Giusti, DO

Osteopathic Principles & Practice | Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Alissa P. Craft, DO, MBA


Furhut R. 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 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. Item Writer & Case Author of the Year Awardees
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