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what is the timeline for taking the various levels of the COMLEX?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by ComicBookHero20, May 11, 2007.

  1. ComicBookHero20

    ComicBookHero20 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Like Level 1 is in that period after MS2 and before rotations

    Is it possible to take Level 2 at the end of MS3

    and then Level 3 at the end of MS4?
     
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  3. cremaster2007

    cremaster2007 Birthday cake remix 7+ Year Member

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    I know most people take COMLEX II during 4th year, and COMLEX III during internship.

    I have heard of some who took COMLEX III, after being approved the summer before internship.


    I would recommend taking level II after or toward the end of third year. Rotations can add a huge amount to your knowledge base, and personally I did reasonably well on level I and much better on level II after a year of rotations.
     
  4. ComicBookHero20

    ComicBookHero20 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    so you're saying take level 1 after MS2, and level 2 at the end of MS3 (or in early part of MS4)?

    If this is the case, when would you suggest to take Level 3?
     
  5. cremaster2007

    cremaster2007 Birthday cake remix 7+ Year Member

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    We took Level I at the end of MS2.

    I took Level II August of my 4th year.

    I'm taking Level III whenever I can fit it in, and have time to study for it, during my internship.

    I will take level III at least after I'd a month of IM and possibly ICU since those months will encompass a lot of what will be on boards.
     
  6. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

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    Realize that more and more residency programs are looking for Step 2 grades when considering applicants. I have heard of a few programs actually requiring Step 2 board scores as well.
     
  7. DOSouthpaw

    DOSouthpaw Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    This is how I took mine:
    Step I: End of Second Year
    Step II: End of Third/Beginning of Fourth
    Step III: As soon as I could take it and get it over with. You have to have your DME sign a paper that says you are in a residency/internship in order to register for the exam.
     

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