In addition to the title of OMM Site Director, Kristie Petree, DO ‘13, is now an appointed member of the NBOME National Faculty.
Dr. Petree was recently named a member of the National Faculty in the Clinical Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. In this role, Dr. Petree will be able to participate in the item writing process for the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX-USA).
All osteopathic medical students must pass the COMLEX to obtain a medical license. The examination series consists of a three-level national standardized exam designed to assess competency for the practice of osteopathic medicine.
“I remember taking my boards not too long ago, so the COMLEX test-taking experience and those questions are still fresh for me,” Dr. Petree said. “I’m hoping to make a difference in the questions and scenarios that will be on future COMLEX exams.”
Crafting patient scenarios that fuse osteopathic principles and biomedical sciences to form a question is a task that Dr. Petree is familiar with as she started item writing for COMLEX exams as part of her Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine residency at Michigan State University. While teaching OMM courses at PCOM South Georgia, Dr. Petree works closely with her students, which she said gives her an even better understanding of what can be improved on the exams.
“I hear all of the students’ thoughts and concerns about the COMLEX,” she said. “Joining NBOME creates the possibility for change.”
H. William Craver, DO ‘87, FACOS, dean and chief academic officer, was the first person who encouraged Dr. Petree to apply for the position.
“Dr. Petree is an outstanding teacher and physician,” he said. “I have no doubt she will put forth tremendous effort in item writing for the COMLEX. She truly is an asset to any organization that she joins, and we are proud that she is part of PCOM South Georgia.”
PCOM South Georgia students will take step one of the COMLEX exam at the end of their second year.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) extended its commitment to the Southeast by establishing PCOM South Georgia, an additional teaching location in Moultrie, Georgia. PCOM South Georgia offers both a full, four-year medical program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree. PCOM is a private, not-for-profit institution which trains professionals in the health and behavioral sciences fields. Joining PCOM Georgia in Suwanee in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state, PCOM South Georgia focuses on educating physicians for the South Georgia region. The medical campus, which welcomed its inaugural class of medical students in August 2019, has received accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. For more information, visit pcom.edu/southgeorgia or call 229-668-3110.
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