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COMLEX and USMLE. Class of 2009. Agenda. Accreditation Registration Performance Statistics Preparation Resources Exam Administration Score Reports. Accreditation. AOA Accreditation Requirements.

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comlex and usmle

COMLEX and USMLE

Class of 2009

agenda
Agenda
  • Accreditation
  • Registration
  • Performance Statistics
  • Preparation
  • Resources
  • Exam Administration
  • Score Reports
aoa accreditation requirements
AOA Accreditation Requirements
  • Class of 2008 and ALL SUBSEQUENT Classes (2009, 2010,....)MUST TAKE AND PASS COMLEX-USA I & II licensing examinations to graduate.
2 step process
2-Step Process
  • NBOME for authorization and payment
  • Prometric for test administration
comlex registration
COMLEX Registration
  • nbome.org
    • Bulletin of Information
  • $465
  • Forms on line
  • Contact by March
  • For May or June test date
quarter 8 deadline
Quarter 8 Deadline
  • “I want to STRONGLY EMPHASIZE that your compliance will be expected. Failure to follow the policy guidelines at this time could result in adverse effects of your academic progress.”

(Steve Laird, 1/19/07)

prometric
Prometric
  • Must register and pay with NBOME first
  • Still need test site
  • Thomson-Prometric
    • prometric.com
  • 8 sites in Missouri alone
usmle registration
USMLE Registration
  • On your own
  • May keep some allopathic options open
  • Scores about 10% lower than COMLEX
  • 60 students per year report results
  • 0 – 2 students have results mailed per year
  • Some have taken it in advance as practice
best advice
Best Advice
  • Take all the licensing exams you can find and pass them. (Phil Slocum)
alternative advice
Alternative Advice
  • Find all the licensing exams you can pass and take them. (Tim Tucker)
comlex scores
COMLEX Scores
  • Standard Scores (3-digit).  The standard scores are reported on a scale with a mean of 500 and a standard deviation of 100.  The minimal passing score for Part I is 400. 
  • Scaled Scores (2-digit).  Scaled scores are reported on a scale with a mean of 80.  The minimal passing score for Part I is 75.
usmle scores
USMLE Scores
  • Standard Scores (3-digit).  The minimal passing score for Part is 182. 
  • Scaled Scores (2-digit). The minimal passing score for Part I is 75
general guidelines
General Guidelines
  • Attend lectures
  • Note relative weaknesses on Diagnostic
  • Review 1 – 2 hours per week until finals
  • Q-bank runs 90 days starting in March
significant comlex dates
Significant COMLEX Dates
  • Diagnostic December 5, 2006
  • Review manuals December 12, 2006
  • Review lectures January – April, 2007
  • Mock Final May 2, 2007
  • Finals week May 14 – 18, 2007
  • Boards by June 14, 2007
usmle shelf exam
USMLE Shelf Exam
  • March 27, 2007
  • 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Required
  • Retired questions, integrated
  • Results are always low (35% is fine)
suggestions anatomy
Suggestions: Anatomy
  • Know Uray’s innervations
suggestions otm
Suggestions:OTM
  • The “Ten-Page” packet and review
  • Ask Dr. Lockwood if he will be giving a “fast paced, high intensity OMM board review” in April or May
  • The “little red book”
suggestions principles of medicine
Suggestions:Principles of Medicine
  • Direct relevance to boards
  • Tests were good preparation for COMLEX (Buckler)
  • Attend specialists lectures
suggestions pediatrics
Suggestions:Pediatrics
  • The “drugs and bugs” review was helpful for both boards (calculation of volumes, etc. was not on COMLEX but did appear on the USMLE)
suggestions pathology
Suggestions:Pathology
  • Physiology integrated pathology
    • Endocrine
    • Lung capacity
    • Alcohol, Biochemistry and Drugs
  • Evan’s case studies helpful
  • Quizzes beyond “board difficulty”
nbome resources
NBOME Resources
  • COMLEX-USA Level 1, 2 and 3 Practice Items are available for purchase for $8.00 per booklet. Please send a written request form along with your check for the booklet.
on line resources
On-line Resources*
  • Portal, GI and Path, Year 1
  • Kaplan Screen, Pharm Deck downloads

*Other than Kaplan Q-Bank and streaming audio

text resources
Text Resources
  • First-Aid (USMLE)
  • Step Up (USMLE), more abstract
  • The “little path book,” (Schneider, Board Review Series)
  • Buy the Robbins Path textbook
personal resources
Personal Resources
  • Study Aids
  • Summaries (combine them)
  • Concept maps
  • Examination study groups
time schedule
Time Schedule
  • Sign-in ≤ 30 minutes
  • Seating assigned
  • Book 1 4 hours*
  • Lunch 40 minutes+
  • Book 2 4 hours*
  • * 10 minute optional break, counts v. time
  • + Lunch is optional, does not count v. time
what to bring
What to bring
  • ID
  • Purses, lockers at some sites
what not to bring
What NOT To Bring
  • No Electronic Devices
  • No backpacks
  • No food, drink, or tobacco
what s in your purse
What’s in Your Purse?
  • Prepare for endurance
  • Water bottles
  • Energy bars (avoid refined sugars)
  • Protein
  • Caffeine is a fickle friend
  • Manage medications
cheating
Cheating
  • Do not speak to one another while the examination is in progress.
  • Unethical conduct will be documented and reported to the NBOME.
scores
Scores
  • Scores will be posted electronically 4 – 6 weeks after the exam (the day you leave town).
  • Paper results with limited analysis will be mailed shortly thereafter.
  • NO SCORES WILL BE REPORTED BY E-Mail, TELEPHONE OR FAX.
comlex change of address
COMLEX Change of Address
  • Candidates who wish to change their address must notify the NBOME office in writing before results are mailed.
  • Any change of address may not be recorded until two weeks after receipt.