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NBOME opens new clinical skills testing site in the Windy City

Osteopathic medical students now have two locations to choose from when taking the COMLEX-USA Level 2 Performance Evaluation.

Osteopathic medical students now have their choice of grabbing a Philly cheesesteak or a slice of deep-dish pizza to celebrate completing their COMLEX-USA Level 2 Performance Evaluation exam. The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), which administers the exam, opened its new National Center for Clinical Skills Testing in Chicago last month.

The Windy City location, along with the testing center near Philadelphia, offers the one-day standardized assessment of students’ clinical skills, including communication with patients, osteopathic manipulative treatment techniques and ability to diagnose standardized patients presenting specific symptoms or complaints.

“Rigorous quality assurance is conducted to ensure that the examination administration, cases, standardized patients and scoring of the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE provide for a standardized examination across both testing sites,” said Jeanne M. Sandella, DO, the NBOME’s vice president for clinical skills testing and continuous professional development, in a statement.

With the additional clinical skills testing locations, NBOME announced that beginning in November, it will begin scheduling for the COMLEX-USA Level 2 Performance Evaluation exam nine months in advance as opposed to the current 12 months in advance. The change is a response to the preferences of students and medical schools.

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