NBOME

Learner Expectations

The COMAT exams assess candidates in the setting of pre-doctoral medical education, covering foundational biomedical sciences and the osteopathic medical principles and practices of clinical knowledge.

Exam content covers a wide array of knowledge and presentations, illustrative of high-impact and/or high-frequency conditions that affect patients, families and communities. The foundation of COMAT is based on the osteopathic philosophy of whole-person healthcare, underlying structure and function relationships, and the interdependence of body systems for self-regulation and healing, all of which are reflective of osteopathic medicine as a distinctive branch of mainstream medicine. The exam is not an all-inclusive listing; not all topics listed are included in all examinations.

For each of the areas, the candidate should be able to describe, differentiate and apply basic scientific and osteopathic medical principles across age groups, gender, culture and care settings related to the following topics.

Homeostatic Tendency to Health
Foundational Biomedical & Osteopathic Medical Knowledge
Clinical Findings for Diagnosis & Treatment
Management Approaches to the Condition or Presentation
Concepts of Structure & Function
Systems-Based Practice
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