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Medical Education  |   July 2003
Relationship between academic achievement and student performance on the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination-USA level 2
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Medical Education / Medical School Admissions / COMLEX-USA
Medical Education   |   July 2003
Relationship between academic achievement and student performance on the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination-USA level 2
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2003, Vol. 103, 331-336. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2003.103.7.331
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2003, Vol. 103, 331-336. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2003.103.7.331
Abstract

The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination-USA (COMLEX-USA) is a three-part examination used for licensing osteopathic physicians. The relationship between performance on this examination and prior student academic performance has been unclear. This study explores the relationship between COMLEX-USA level 2 scores and student academic performance at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM). All first-time examination candidates from OSU-COM had a formal, weeklong board review in March 2000, and all passed the examination. Predictions about COMLEX-USA scores generated by the academic dean's office at OSU-COM underestimated student examination performance; results suggest a significant correlation between level 2 performance with (1) level 1 performance (.751); (2) grade point average (GPA) in basic science (.659); (3) total GPA (.672); and (4) Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores (.406). The correlation of level 2 scores to clinical GPA (.269) was lower but still significant. Results of this study suggest that performance on COMLEX-USA level 2 is strongly correlated with prior student academic performance in this population.