Comprehensive osteopathic medical licensing examination-USA level 1 and level 2-cognitive evaluation preparation and outcomes

Danielle E. Maholtz, Michael J. Erickson, Tyler Cymet

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Abstract

The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination-USA (COMLEX-USA) assesses the competence of osteopathic physicians in training. It is designed to protect the public by setting minimum competence standards. All osteopathic medical students must pass COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2-Cognitive Evaluation, and Level 2-Performance Evaluation before being allowed to graduate from an osteopathic medical school. Residency training programs use COMLEX-USA scores as a major factor in deciding whom they will interview and admit into their programs. In addition, colleges of osteopathic medicine use student COMLEX-USA scores as an external assessment of their success in educating students. Because COMLEX-USA is a high-stakes examination series, it is important to understand predictive factors for performance. The authors review the literature on the relationship between COMLEX-USA scores and correlated student variables. Results from the Council on Osteopathic Student Government Presidents’ survey on students’ preparation methods and performance are also provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-235
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Osteopathic Association
Volume115
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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