Send USMLE vs. COMLEX transcripts?

Discussion in 'ERAS, SOAP, and NRMP Match' started by mrdowntoearth, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. SDN is made possible through member donations, sponsorships, and our volunteers. Learn about SDN's nonprofit mission.
  1. mrdowntoearth

    mrdowntoearth Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    135
    0
    Jan 8, 2006
    I'm applying to allopathic IM only and took both USMLE and COMLEX. My question is can I just send the USMLE transcript only since all are allo programs? Or, do I need to send both USMLE and COMLEX transcripts because I'm a DO applicant?

    I would assume the PDs will only be interested in looking at USMLE scores if they're available.
     
  2. SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads.
  3. aProgDirector

    aProgDirector Pastafarians Unite! SDN Advisor SDN Moderator 10+ Year Member

    7,204
    4,114
    Oct 11, 2006
    You only have to report your USMLE scores, so you can leave off your COMLEX scores. I guess the question is "why?".

    As a DO student, PD's will know that most schools require that you take the COMLEX. If you don;t report it, it makes it look like you did badly.

    So:

    If you did fine on the COMLEX but are worried about confusing PD's, then simply release your COMLEX and USMLE's.

    If you did poorly on your COMLEX and better on your USMLE's, then you can release the USMLE's only although you may be questioned about it.

    Good luck!
     
  4. mrdowntoearth

    mrdowntoearth Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    135
    0
    Jan 8, 2006
    Thank you aProgDirector!

    mrdowntoearth
     
  5. RockfordWF

    RockfordWF Banned Banned

    834
    1
    Aug 1, 2007
    What if you did much better on your COMLEX than the USMLE?

    My concern is that the COMLEX will be completely ignored, even though that is the exam we were prepared for---not the USMLE.
     
  6. aProgDirector

    aProgDirector Pastafarians Unite! SDN Advisor SDN Moderator 10+ Year Member

    7,204
    4,114
    Oct 11, 2006
    As a DO applying to ACGME programs, you have to release your USMLE scores. PD's will likely look at both, and will weigh both in their decision. Some PD's may ignore your COMLEX scores, but there is nothing you can do about that -- allopathic PD's are more comfortable with USMLE scores.
     

Share This Page