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OSU 2010 grads led osteopathic medical school pass rate for COMLEX Level 2 PE

Lim and Stewart

OSU-COM leads PE pass rates
Emily Lim (left), performance evaluation coordinator and Dr. Joan Stewart, associate dean for clinical education, help prepare students at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine for national boards.

TULSA, Okla. – Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2010 achieved the number one pass rate among 23 osteopathic medical schools tested on a National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners COMLEX Level 2 Performance Evaluation.

OSU-COM medical students take Level 2 of national board examinations in the fourth year of medical school. Every osteopathic medical student must pass the examination in order to graduate from medical school.

“The school’s top scores are the result of a concerted effort by faculty and staff in Clinical Education and a significant investment in personnel, hardware and software for training,” said Joan Stewart, D.O., M.P.H., associate dean for clinical education. 

Students are well prepared by the OSU team. They begin to train for the exam in the third year of medical school, with scripted encounters or office visits with trained patient-models, and evaluations of those encounters by physicians and educators. 

Emily Lim, performance evaluation coordinator, oversees the program and use of Education Management Solutions (EMS) software, which times and records the student videos.  She also recruits patient-models from the community, helps train them in a variety of patient scenarios for practice encounters with students, and coordinates the center’s operations. 

Dr. Stewart said plans call for increasing the number of standardized patient encounters beginning as early as the first year of medical school.


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.