NBOME

Standard Setting

Standard Review Schedule
COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE Exam
DOMAIN:Biomedical
LAST REVIEWED:2017
NEXT REVIEW:2021

DOMAIN:

Humanistic
LAST REVIEWED:2015
NEXT REVIEW: 2019
Setting Pass/Fail Standards

For the NBOME’s COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE, passing the examination means the examinee has demonstrated the minimal level of competency required by the Osteopathic medical profession standard for safe and effective practice, at the supervised level of educational training. The COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE standard demarks the point of decision for the pass or fail outcome based on required knowledge and application of clinical skills within the Humanistic and Biomedical/Biomechanical domains set by stakeholders across the Osteopathic medical profession.

Every three to five years, NBOME reviews the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE standard comprised of minimum competency requirements for the Humanistic and Biomedical/Biomechanical domain to assure it is within the bounds of undergraduate osteopathic medical educational training and practice. For each domain of the examination, an examinee centered approach is utilized throughout the standard setting process. Please refer to resources below for best practices in standard setting for performance assessments. The standard setting process could result in an adjusted point for the pass/fail decision to realign with the requirements of minimal competency.

The NBOME thoroughly analyzes COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE operational procedures to account for the high-stakes pass decision when the pivotal acquirement of points accumulated throughout the examination exceeds the threshold of the standard. Periodic review of the COMLEX-USA Standards ensures the skill and proficiency of osteopathic medical knowledge reflect current medical education and practice required for licensure. The process is consistent with the NBOME’s mission of protecting the public by assessing competencies for osteopathic medicine and related health care professions.

Standard Setting References





Reference Materials

Fundamental Osteopathic Medical Competency Domains

Upcoming Changes

COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint Effective 2018

Resources

Client Registration System Tutorial

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