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Shaffer to chair National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners

January 09, 2018 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Dana C. Shaffer, DO, FACOFP dist., University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) senior associate dean of osteopathic medical education and professor of family medicine, has been named Chair of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) Board of Directors.

The NBOME is an independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect the public by providing the means to assess competencies for osteopathic medicine and related health care professions. The organization offers a variety of assessment tools including the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA).

As the Chair, Dr. Shaffer will lead the NBOME’s 2017-2019 strategic plan, referred to as ACEL (Align, Connect, Experience, Learn), as well as the organization’s vision to become the global leader for the osteopathic medical profession and related health care professions.

Since 2008, Shaffer has held various leadership roles on the NBOME’s board of directors including Vice Chair from 2015-2017 and Secretary-Treasurer from 2013-2015. He also chaired the Finance Committee and Liaison Committee and served as a member of the Executive and Test Accommodations Committees.

A distinguished fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Shaffer is a member of the Executive Council of the Conclave of Fellows.

In addition to his role at KYCOM, Shaffer serves as chief academic officer for Appalachian Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Consortium. He is a preceptor at the Pikeville Medical Center Family Medicine Clinic and serves on numerous local, state and national committees focused on access to affordable medical care, scope of practice issues, the use of chronic pain medication, electronic medical records and legislation.

Prior to joining KYCOM in 2013, Shaffer served in the Office of Clinical Affairs at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and practiced rural family medicine in the areas of osteopathic manipulative medicine, obstetrics and emergency medicine for more than 20 years in Exira, Iowa. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“I am humbled and honored to serve the profession and public in this leadership role,” said Shaffer. “The COMLEX-USA examinations are used by every medical and osteopathic state licensing board to assure that osteopathic physicians have the competencies to safely and effectively treat patients.”

Shaffer will serve as NBOME Chair until December 2019 and joins Vice-Chair Geraldine T. O'Shea, DO, and Secretary-Treasurer Richard J. LaBaere, II, DO, MPH, FAODME, in their new leadership roles.

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