The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners announced this week that The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) Class of 2010 scored the best in the nation on the Level 1 Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). This is the fourth consecutive year that TCOM has been the top performer in the nation on this exam. The TCOM class of 2010 performed best in the nation for all osteopathic medical schools with a 99.3 percent pass rate and mean score of 536 out of 540 points.
All states require medical students to pass a licensing exam before they receive licenses to practice medicine. The three-part COMLEX series examination, the licensing exam for the osteopathic profession, usually is taken at the end of the second year of medical school, the fourth year of medical school and during the internship (first residency year). The first of the three, Level 1, measures didactic level of medical knowledge and the results are used by residency programs to select students for interviews and acceptance into post-graduate medical training programs. The M.D. equivalent is the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE).
TCOM graduates practice in primary care and specialties across Texas and the nation. Along with traditional medical and surgical training, they bring to their patients the unique benefits of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment, and emphasize patient education, disease prevention, good nutrition and fitness.
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