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COMLEX-USA · Level 1

Assessment of Foundational Biomedical Sciences and Osteopathic Medical Principles

Passing of COMLEX-USA Level 1 indicates that the candidate has demonstrated competence in the foundational biomedical sciences and osteopathic principles as required to solve clinical problems in the supervised clinical practice setting and to prepare for lifelong learning.

Examination Description

COMLEX-USA Level 1 is a problem- and symptom-based assessment, administered in a time-measured environment that integrates the foundational and basic biomedical sciences and other areas of medical knowledge relevant to solving clinical problems and promoting and maintaining health in providing osteopathic medical care to patients.

Foundational & Basic Biomedical Sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Behavioral Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Microbiology
  • Osteopathic Principles
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

The examination consists of two computer-based test sessions of four hours each taken on one day and contains a total of approximately 400 test questions related to diverse clinical presentations. Test questions are predominantly in the single best answer, multiple choice or extended matching item formats, with some novel test items involving audio-visual components designed to assess an expanded physician competency subset. Examples of test item types expected to be encountered in Level 1 can be found under Practice Exams.

Reference Materials

Fundamental Osteopathic Medical Competency Domains

Upcoming Changes

COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint Effective 2018

Resources

Client Registration System Tutorial 

Practice Exams

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