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OSU-COM Class of 2011 achieves 100 percent pass rate on performance evaluation

Tulsa – The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2011 achieved a 100 percent  pass rate on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners COMLEX Level 2-Performance Evaluation.

“This is a milestone achievement for our school,” said Joan Stewart, D.O., associate dean of clinical education. Clinical Education faculty and staff members help to prepare students for the evaluation.

During their fourth year, the students take the COMLEX Level 2 CE, a computer-based exam, and the COMLEX Level 2 PE which is a performance-based exam.  During the Level 2 PE the students rotate through 12 stations and interact with standardized patients that act as though they have a certain disease or illness.  The students perform a focused history and a physical examination on the patient.  They are evaluated on these components of the encounters as well as their SOAP notes and interpersonal skills.

Medical students also take a series of board examinations in order to pass medical school and an exam early in their residency program in order to obtain a license.  Osteopathic medical students also take COMLEX Level 1 computer-based examination after year two of medical school before they begin clinical rotations.  Last year OSU-COM ranked first for pass rate on that exam out of all 23 osteopathic schools whose students took the exam for that cycle, with a 98.8% pass rate compared to the national pass rate of 94.8%.

 

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.