- WHEREAS, a passing score on COMLEX Level 1 is required of all osteopathic medical students to
- graduate; and
- WHEREAS, exam score on COMLEX Level 1 and USMLE Step 1 is used as an impactful criterion for
- acceptance into residency programs1; and
- WHEREAS, as of 2020, the ACGME and the AOA are forming the single graduate medical education
- (GME) accreditation systems (SAS)2; and
- WHEREAS, Resolution 955 “Equality for COMLEX and USMLE” from the AMA assures the AMA
- will promote equal acceptance for COMLEX and USMLE from accredited ACGME residency
- programs; and
- WHEREAS, the implementation of the single graduate medical education accreditation system puts
- osteopathic medical students in the same applicant pool as allopathic medical students; and
- WHEREAS, osteopathic medical students may feel pressure to take both COMLEX Level 1 and
- USMLE Step 1 to be competitive residency applicants3; and
- WHEREAS, as reported in Academic Emergency Medicine, COMLEX Level 1 and USMLE Step 1
- scores are not interchangeable4; and
- WHEREAS, existing formulas for COMLEX Level 1 score conversion to USMLE Step 1 scores are
- inaccuate, and leave COMLEX interpretation non-standardized5; and
- WHEREAS, training of allopathic residency directors for interpretation of COMLEX Level 1 scores as
- outlined from Resolution 955 “Equality for COMLEX and USMLE” from the AMA, may not be
- sufficient; now, therefore, be it
- RESOLVED, that SOMA lobby to the AOA to encourage the NBOME to create a similar scoring
- format for COMLEX Level 1 that follows USMLE Step 1.
- Explanatory Statement
- The creation of a new scoring format for COMLEX Level 1 following USMLE Step 1 is intended to
- alleviate any discrepancy about score interpretation by all residency directors.
- Vora, Aditya, et al. “Predictors of Scoring at Least 600 on COMLEX-USA Level 1: Successful Preparation Strategies.” The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, vol. 113, no. 2, 2013, p. 164., doi:10.7556/jaoa.2013.113.2.164.
- “Single GME Accreditation System.” ACGME, http://www.acgme.org/What-We-Do/Accreditation/Single-GME-Accreditation-System/GraduateMedicalEducation/SingleAccreditationSystemforAOAApprovedPrograms.
- Hasty, R. T., Snyder, S., Suciu, G. P., & Moskow, J. M. (2012). Graduating Osteopathic MedicalStudents’ Perceptions and Recommendations on the Decision to Take the United States MedicalLicensing Examination. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 112(2), 83–89. https://doi.org/10.7556/JAOA.2012.112.2.83
- Sarko, John, et al. “COMLEX-1 and USMLE-1 Are Not Interchangeable Examinations.” Academic Emergency Medicine, vol. 17, no. 2, 2010, pp. 218–220., doi:10.1111/j.1553-2712.2009.00632.x.
- Parikh, S. P., & Shiembob, C. A. (2010). New COMLEX-USA-to-USMLE Conversion Formula Needed. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 110(7), 400–401.https://doi.org/10.7556/JAOA.2010.110.7.400
Marisa DeSanto, OMSII – Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – Athens
Brylie Schafer, OMSII – University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – Athens
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