SDN members see fewer ads and full resolution images. Join our non-profit community!

Is there a website of USMLE scores of DO students?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Pilot, May 1, 2000.

  1. Pilot

    Pilot Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2000
    I was wondering if anyone knows of a website or other resource I could use to find out what scores have been made on the USMLE by DO students who chose to take this exam in addition to the COMLEX. I thought this might be a non-scientific nethod of comparing the Osteopathic College where I have been accepted to the allopathic state institution. This has all derived from a comment from an MD friend who asked me why I didn't want to be a "real doctor". I advised him that I could take the same licensing exam as he did (USMLE), and that I might even score higher than he did. I have been trying to find the requested information ever since to show him how the two schools really compare between students who take the sam exam. Any help is appreciated. Aaron
  2. SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads.
  3. travisco

    travisco Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2000
    Denver, CO, USA
    Your MD friend is ignorant, and hopefully his karmic reward will be having a hardass DO as an attending during his internship/residency.
  4. Catherine

    Catherine Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2000
    I saw some figures in a LCME or AACME book a while ago. I think it was for 1998. The % of DO's who took the USMLE were low, and their passing rate was lower than MD's. It didn't show specific scores.

    But, it's difficult to compare the two - I don't know how residency directors do it. USMLE has a different distribution of topics, and I think a much higher proportion of behavioral science than COMLEX. (If comlex has it at all). I'm not sure of details, but I bet there's a web site for each org. that gives the test - try surfing. Kaplan may even know.

    [This message has been edited by Catherine (edited 05-02-2000).]
  5. drusso

    drusso Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 1998
    Over the rainbow
    Content for the USMLE and COMLEX overlap to a large degree. I took both and scored well on both. Yes, behavioral science is included.

    TITLE: The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination, COMPLEX-USA: a new paradigm in testing and evaluation [In Process Citation]
    AUTHORS: Osborn GG; Meoli FG; Buser BR; Clearfield MB; Bruno JP; Sumner-Truax L
    AUTHOR AFFILIATION: Department of Psychiatry, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48824-1316, USA.
    SOURCE: J Am Osteopath Assoc 2000 Feb;100(2):105-11

    CITATION IDS: PMID: 10732394 UI: 20196943
    ABSTRACT: Medical licensure in the United States demends a dynamic and current means to evaluate the competency of physicians seeking to practice medicine. A systematic measuring tool is required--one that is based on actual patient encounters and how physicians should apply their knowledge and skills to the clinical setting according to their level of training and professional development. Osteopathic physicians have a distinctive approach to healthcare, applying the biopsychosocial model with emphasis on the neuromusculoskeletal system. A component of this distinctive approach is a high level of knowledge and skill in the application of osteopathic manipulative treatment. Developed by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, COMPLEX-USA is the new sequential three-level examination process for osteopathic medical licensure in the United States. The examination process is interdisciplinary and highly clinical, with even basic science components tested within a clinical context. Examination content is based on wide expert consensus and data consistent with osteopathic medical education, training, and practice. Its design is a novel multidimensional structure that emphasizes clinical problem-solving skills and osteopathic principles and practice within the context of life cycle, gender, ethnicity, and points of service. Design schemata and blueprints are included along with descriptions of strategic research and development. COMLEX-USA represents the most appropriate pathway for initial licensure for a distinctive and unique professional: the osteopathic physician in the United States.

    TITLE: Medical licensure for osteopathic physicians in Louisiana: why the State Board of Medical Examiners should accept the NBOME.
    AUTHORS: Bellemare NA
    AUTHOR AFFILIATION: Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, USA.
    SOURCE: J La State Med Soc 1995 Oct;147(10):431-4
    CITATION IDS: PMID: 8558046 UI: 96060536

    ABSTRACT: The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners does not recognize the examination offered by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners as a valid pathway to licensure, either directly or by endorsement. The State Board recognizes the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) as the appropriate examination for direct licensure. For licensure by endorsement, the State Board will license physicians who have passed any of the allopathic national licensing examinations. Osteopathic physicians do not take the USMLE or other allopathic licensing examinations because they do not measure osteopathic principles and practice. Instead, osteopathic medical students take the examination offered by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners' test is accepted by every other state and is an appropriate measure of the abilities of osteopathic physicians.

    [This message has been edited by drusso (edited 05-02-2000).]
  6. EZEK

    EZEK Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2000
    According to one of the department chairmen at TCOM the scores on the USMLE at that school were higher than the COMLEX scores. In the one study that was done by the AOA which looked at this said that the two were the same scorewise.

Share This Page