Personally, I'd take the USMLE first. COMLEX is a much easier test, and you really don't have to spend any time studying extra "real medicine" to take it.Debating about timing of taking USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1 this Spring. Anyone have any advice about how far apart to space the two exams and which to take first? Thanks!
Jo - NYCOM 2011
Besides my method above, this is the other prevailing philosophy. I myself don't really get test jitters (once I have started at least) and so went for the other way around.I'm in the same shoes, but I've come to a different conclusion.
I'm not opting for an osteopathic residency, therefore USMLE is my main focus.
So I'm thinking of taking COMLEX-1 first, to get out any "test jitters" out of the way, take a couple of days off, then study areas I feel weak in before taking USMLE Step I a week later.
This worked out well for someone I know, and since they kinda share the same study and test taking habits I think this might suit me best.
If you can, get a copy of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 from your library or a friend. There used to be a chapter for osteopathic medical stuidents that addressed differences between the COMLEX and the USMLE, as I recall.Hi guys
could the ones that took both exam give me an overview of the basic difference between usmle and comlex?
My plan is to mainly rock out the usmle and I'm taking it a few days before comlex. But I am not too hot on biochem/genetics right now. Plus I heard anatomy is huge on comlex, how huge? What about embryo being bigger on comlex than usmle?
If you could do a side by side comparison per subject for me that would be great!
Thats what I'm thinking of doing too. Our school has a KAPLAN review at the end of May so I'm hoping to be done completely with all of my studying a few days before the review so I can take an NBME and/or COMSAE, go to the review, fine tune everything, take the USMLE a few days after and the COMLEX a few days after that.4-5ish weeks of study, then USMLE, then COMLEX 6 days later (wish it was only 3, but no available spots)