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How to predict USMLE scores from COMLEX-USA scores: a guide for directors of ACGME-accredited residency programs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17079527     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
CONTEXT: Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) frequently apply to residency training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. However, students who have taken the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA) rather than the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) may encounter a selection bias when applying to allopathic residency programs.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the correlation between scores on COMLEX-USA and USMLE by COM students who took both examinations.
METHODS: Scores were analyzed from a cohort of COM students who took COMLEX-USA Level 1 and USMLE Step 1 and a cohort of students who, during the same time, took COMLEX-USA Level 2 and USMLE Step 2.
RESULTS: At the Kirksville (Mo) College of Osteopathic Medicine of A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, 155 students took both COMLEX-USA Level 1 and USMLE Step 1 and another cohort of 56 students took COMLEX-USA Level 2 and USMLE Step 2. The Pearson product moment correlation of the scores from COMLEX-USA Level 1 and USMLE Step 1 was 0.83 (P<.001) and for COMLEX-USA Level 2 and USMLE Step 2 was 0.70 (P<.001). Scores on USMLE are predicted by the corresponding COMLEX-USA scores using the equations USMLE Step 1 = 67.97 + 0.24 x COMLEX-USA Level 1 (R(2)=0.68); and USMLE Step 2 = 102.2 + 0.18 x COMLEX-USA Level 2 (R(2)=0.46).
CONCLUSION: A method of estimating USMLE scores from COMLEX-USA scores is provided for residency directors of institutions accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the evaluation of COM applicants.
Authors:
Philip C Slocum; Janet S Louder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0098-6151     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Osteopath Assoc     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-02     Completed Date:  2007-01-19     Revised Date:  2011-04-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503065     Medline TA:  J Am Osteopath Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  568-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine of A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, 800 W Jefferson Street, Kirksville, MO 63501-1443, USA. pslocum@kcom.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Accreditation
Educational Measurement*
Humans
Internship and Residency*
Osteopathic Medicine / education*
Comments/Corrections
Comment In:
J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2007 Jun;107(6):213; author reply 213-4   [PMID:  17635900 ]
J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2010 Jul;110(7):400-1; author reply 401   [PMID:  20693574 ]
J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2010 Oct;110(10):577-8   [PMID:  21068220 ]
J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2011 Feb;111(2):119; author reply 119-20   [PMID:  21357499 ]

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