Background: The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) administers the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination USA Level 2-PE (COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE) and has developed a process that links the competencies of written communication and professionalism by tracking fabrication in the postencounter SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) note exercise.
Method: A process used to identify potential SOAP note fabrication was implemented in the 2007-2008 test cycle for the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE.
Results: A total of 3,753 candidates took the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE in the 2007-2008 test cycle. Forty-eight candidates were screened, and the NBOME's Subcommittee on SOAP Note Fabrication made failure decisions on eight, leading to a failure rate of 0.2% based on fabrication review.
Conclusions: The NBOME has adopted the stance that postencounter note fabrication represents unprofessional behavior. Screening for and failing candidates who exhibit unprofessional behavior enhances the validity of the examination.