This year, more MD and DO students alike elected to pursue postgraduate training in primary care specialties. In the osteopathic match, family medicine matches increased by 11% and internal medicine matches increased by 9%. So, from a DO perspective, what does it mean that more MDs are going into family medicine? Well, for now, not a whole lot.
One of the major rumors I’ve heard around campus lately surrounds the structure and scoring of COMLEX. Depending on the school you attend, you may have noticed that some students have a real grasp of what is going on and others seem to be a little confused. I am writing this post to set the record straight and to give you nothing but the facts, with maybe a couple of tips thrown in.
Now that you have your spinal levels memorized (if you haven’t done that yet, see my last post), we can talk about the rest of the high-yield topics in OMM from COMLEX Level 1. To review, it is always more important for level one to understand how to diagnose a dysfunction than to treat it. Make sure you are aware of dysfunction names and how they are written out. For example: thoracic segment ten, side bent right, rotated left and neutral will appear on an exam as T10 N SRRL.
Now let’s move on to the good stuff.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is a hard subject to write test questions about. It is a specialty of medicine that relies totally on feel and experience. Luckily for students taking any level of the COMLEX exam, this gives you the upper hand. Since it is so hard to write a good question, questions tend to be very predictable. By focusing on a few high-yield areas,it is easy to excel in a subject that seems to haunt many DO students. I am going to split this topic into two posts to allow me to elaborate on some topics rather than simply throw out a long list of words.
As an osteopathic student, the decision to take the USMLE, COMLEX, or both is one of the hardest decisions to make as a second year student. While I wish this post could provide an algorithm to give you the answers, sadly that just does not exist. The decision to take both exams is an extremely personal choice, but I hope to give you some insight to help you make your decision.
By Sean Martin
I think many osteopathic students and residents agree it is a good time to be a DO. The AOA and ACGME have agreed to pursue a common graduate medical education accreditation system. This is a major victory for osteopathic students who were very close to having serious limitations put on them by the proposed common program requirement.
One of the best resources to prepare for the boards is a question bank. Question banks let you review commonly tested material in a format similar to what you will see on test day. But, for osteopathic students preparing to take the boards, question banks can be a little tricky. Many students feel they can get away with using USMLE banks like USMLEWorld to prepare for the COMLEX exam. However, this kind of prep may end in major disappointment when scores are released. While USMLE banks are a great resource, osteopathic students should really consider purchasing a COMLEX bank to help prepare for COMLEX-style questions.