The COMAT FBS series assesses candidates in the setting of pre-doctoral medical education and covers foundational biomedical sciences.
Examination content covers a wide array of knowledge and presentations, illustrative of high-impact and/or high-frequency conditions that affect patients, families and communities. One of the foundations of COMAT FBS is underlying structure and function relationships. The examination 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 principles across age groups, gender, culture, and care settings related to the following topics.
Homeostatic Tendency to Health
- The natural history of the clinical presentation in the treated and untreated state
- The etiology, epidemiology and risk factors of the clinical presentation
- The underlying physiologic, genetic and environmental issues in functional and dysfunctional responses to the clinical presentation
Foundational Biomedical Science Knowledge
- The classic presentation of the condition
- The physical, emotional, societal and environmental factors related to the condition
- Cardinal characteristics to affirm or disaffirm the presence of the condition and its progression in the treated and untreated state
- The application and interpretation of statistical evidence and best practices to the evaluation and treatment of the condition
Clinical Findings for Diagnosis & Treatment
- History and physical examination, including structural examination and treatment
- Laboratory studies
- Electrophysiologic findings (e.g., ECG, EEG, fetal monitoring, PFTs)
- Imaging studies (e.g., CT scan, MRI, ultrasonography, radiography)
Concepts of Structure & Function
- Findings in diagnosis
- Functional and dysfunctional anatomic and physiologic responses