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Joint statement from AACOM, AOA, NBOME: Support of suspension of COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE and continued osteopathic assessment

The decision to suspend the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE will help address some of the undue burdens and multiple stressors placed upon osteopathic medical students during the pandemic, the statement says.

On Wednesday, the AOA, AACOM and the NBOME released a joint statement supporting the recent suspension of COMLEX-USA Level 2-Performance Evaluation. The full statement is below:

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), American Osteopathic Association (AOA) with support from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) have been working together on numerous challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. One such challenge is balancing the importance of appropriate testing and assessment of students with the safety of testing and travel to testing centers, including the COMLEX-USA examination series that is administered by the NBOME.

Today, our organizations stand together in support of NBOME’s decision to suspend COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE administrations indefinitely given the COVID-19 pandemic. We also stand united in the need for assessment of the unique aspects of osteopathic medical practice within the undergraduate medical education curriculum leading to the DO degree, as an important part of the eventual pathway leading to licensure.

The decision to suspend the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE will help to address some of the undue burdens and multiple stressors placed upon our osteopathic medical students during the pandemic. We support the use of temporary alternative pathways to ensure that DO students and residents are not uniquely impacted on their progression to residency, or their ability to eventually seek licensure.

In addition, we support and look forward to participation in the Special Commission on Osteopathic Medical Licensure, as it will engage multiple and varied voices throughout the osteopathic medical community to assure that COMLEX-USA evolves in a manner that reflects the changing practice of osteopathic medicine and its physicians.

Together, our organizations remain committed to developing innovative ways to assess clinical skills and other fundamental competencies for the public good and to prepare osteopathic physicians of the future.


  1. They should cancel the Family Practice recert also. Everyone is struggling. The price is expensive $400. $275 for practice questions. Our MD counterparts take an exam at home. It’s unfair and antiquated. Most people are taking pay cuts during this time. The AOA needs to open their eyes and take care of their own who are are having a hard time right now and to top it off need to worriy about a high stakes exam.

  2. I agree with the cancellation of some of these unnecessary examination. Students need to focus on clinical tasks and better understanding of evidence based medicine. I still cannot see how these examination helped be in medicine. They spent so much time trying to pass these tests, stressing themselves to the max. and ignoring what matters most.

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