Editorial  |   September 2016
Redefining Competency Domains for Osteopathic Medical Practice
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  • Financial Disclosures: Dr Gimpel is the president and chief executive officer of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. 
  •  * Address correspondence to John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, 101 W Elm St, Suite 230, Conshohocken, PA 19428-2075. E-mail: communications@nbome.org
     
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Medical Education / Professional Issues / Graduate Medical Education / COMLEX-USA
Editorial   |   September 2016
Redefining Competency Domains for Osteopathic Medical Practice
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, September 2016, Vol. 116, 568-570. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.113
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, September 2016, Vol. 116, 568-570. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.113
Over the past 20 years, there has been a growing national and international trend toward developing frameworks for defining, applying, teaching, and measuring the competence of physicians. To answer this call, in 2006, the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) issued a detailed report1 on physician competencies for osteopathic medical practice from the licensure assessment perspective. Subsequent versions of the report, which garnered substantial input from across the osteopathic medical profession and featured fundamental osteopathic medical competencies and competency domains, were published in 20092 and 2011.3 
The Fundamental Osteopathic Medical Competency Domains 20164 (FOMCD 2016), which comailed with this September 2016 issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association and is available online at http://online.flipbuilder.com/ebwc/wnza, represents the NBOME’s most recent work: facilitating expert consensus on the required elements and measured outcomes for 7 core competency domains as related to the practice of osteopathic medicine. Expert consensus was informed by research related to the practice of osteopathic medicine and evidence-based competency domains required for safe and effective osteopathic medical care of patients.5 Through FOMCD 2016, the NBOME outlines these domains predominantly from the assessment perspective, particularly as they relate to summative high-stakes assessment for licensure for osteopathic medical practice. Substantial attention was given to professionalism and trustworthiness, interprofessional collaboration and care in teams, self-care and physician wellness, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement, patient safety, and clinical procedures. 
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