TCOM’s Dr. Nelsen named COMAT Examination Chair by NBOME

Dr. NelsenA leader in the field, Meaghan Nelsen, DO, MS, FACOOG, IBCLC from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth has been selected by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners as the COMAT Examination Chair for Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Nelsen, an associate professor in the Department of Family and Osteopathic Medicine, begins her role as chair in January. She joins TCOM colleague and faculty member Dr. Janet Lieto in receiving a national appointment by NBOME. Lieto was named by NBOME as the competency chair for systems-based practices.

“I am honored to be chosen for such an important position,” Nelsen said. “I’ve been working with NBOME in various capacities for the last six years, with great mentorship from a TCOM and NBOME colleague, Dr. Sajid Surve. This role combines two of my passions – women’s health and assessment editing!”

The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Achievement Tests, known as COMAT, were established in 2011 and designed for standardized assessment of core osteopathic medical and foundational biomedical sciences knowledge and administered as end-of-course or clinical rotation assessments.

Nelsen will work closely with examination staff while working to establish and manage subcommittees to review processes. She will also serve as a role model for national faculty members to enhance their knowledge and skills to help achieve NBOME’s mission.

“This is a tremendous honor and recognition for Dr. Nelsen to be appointed to this national position with NBOME,” said Dr. Curtis Galke, TCOM’s chair of family and osteopathic manipulative medicine. “She’s one of the nation’s best in OBGYN and to have her as the chair of the COMAT exams will be a great benefit for all osteopathic students across the country. We are all very proud of her.”

Nelsen will be working with item writers and reviewers from across the nation, alongside the team from NBOME. The COMAT examination currently has five learner-centered objectives, which cover abnormal obstetrics, general gynecology, gynecologic oncology, normal obstetrics and reproductive endocrinology.

Nelsen is looking forward to allowing osteopathic students to demonstrate their knowledge through the COMAT exams.

 “I vividly recall moments of frustration as a learner when I left an assessment feeling as though I was not given the opportunity to demonstrate my fund of knowledge,” Nelsen said. “Our future physicians work so diligently to prepare for their clerkships while navigating a multitude of examinations on their path. I want to ensure that our OBGYN COMAT remains a “satisfying” assessment experience where learners see real-world clinical scenarios for their application of knowledge that best prepares them for their careers as physicians.”

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