Wilson, Crystal Med

Director for Operations, NBOME



Crystal started in the world of Simulation in 2002.  She has extensive experience in both formative and high stakes clinical skills testing center operations, logistics and business. In addition she has expertise in facility design, software integration and best practices for the use of Standardized Patients. She was also an Allied Health professor focused on curriculum design and faculty development.

Crystal is a graduate of Penn State University with a Master’s degree in Health Education and recent PSU post-graduate certificates in Leadership and Project Management.  She was a Professor for 10 years in Allied Health programs, teaching Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Medical Administration and Clinical Skills at accredited colleges in Central PA and NC. 

Crystal spent 2002-2005 at UNC –SOM in Chapel Hill, NC leading the Standardized Patient program for formative assessment of students across the health sciences majors with a focus on curriculum support, faculty development, Interdisciplinary training and School of Pharmacy OSCE’s. In 2005 Crystal began working at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) as the Managing Director for Clinical Skills Testing in Conshohocken, PA.  She brings not only experience in high stakes clinical skills testing center operations, logistics and business expertise with creating policies and procedures; but also facility design, software integration and best practices for the use of Standardized Patients.  Currently Crystal is the Director for Operations at the NBOME with offices in both PA and IL.



  • Wilson, C.D. (2012, April) Creating Job Descriptions and Position Manuals. Poster presentation at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Washington, DC.
  • Furman GE, Smee SM, & Wilson CD. Quality assurance best practices for simulation-based examinations. Simulation in Health Care. March 24, 2010.  Published electronically ahead of print.  doi: 10.1097/SIH.obo13e3181da5c93. 
  • Langenau E, Dyer C, Roberts WL, Wilson CD, Gimpel JR. Five year summary of COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE examinee performance and survey data. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. March 2010; 110(3): 114-125
  • Sandella, J. M., Roberts, W. L., & Wilson, C. D. (2009, January). The relationship between time spent in the encounter and student performance in a high-stakes standardized patient assessment. Poster session presented at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Lake Buena Vista, FL.  Jan 2010.
  • Wilson, C. D. (2009, April). QA strategies for performance based assessments. Presented at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Bethesda, MD
  • Wilson, C. D. (2008, June). QA strategies for high stakes performance based examinations. Presented at the Association of Standardized Patient Educators, San Antonio, TX
  • Gimpel, JR, Weidner, A, Boulet, JR, Wilson, C, Errichetti, A.  Standardized Patients and 
  • Mechanical Simulators in Teaching and Assessment at Osteopathic Medical Schools. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.   December 2007, 107(12): 557-561. www.jaoa.org
  • 9/2004 ASPE National Conference Poster Presentation:  “Utilizing Standardized Patients Outside of the SOM”
  • 2003  ASPE National Conference Poster Presentation:  “Palm Pilots:  Cost Effective and Efficient Tool for the Virtual Assessment Center”
  • 2003 ASPE National Conference Workshop Presentation: “Standardized Patients:  Catalysts for Learning in Interdisciplinary Healthcare Teams”


Professional Merits

  • Spring 2016 Successfully completed Examiner Training and Level 3 application review with site visit for Keystone Alliance for Performance Excellence (KAPE) state chapter of Baldrige national award program. 
  • Reviewer for AACOM National conference submissions 2010-present
  • Manuscript reviewer for Med Ed Online:
    •  3/2004 ”The Value of the Subinternship:  A Survey of Fourth Year Medical Students”
    • 7/2004 “The Ability of Future Doctors to Perform Standard Drug Dose Calculations Necessary for Paediatric Prescribing”
    • 11/2004 “Factors Associated with Nature, Timing and Stability of the Specialty Career Choices of Recently Graduated Doctors in European Countries”
  • 2003 Delmar Learning Textbook Reviewer:  Medical Terminology for Health Professions 5th Ed