LECOM COMLEX pass rates

Beginning in 2013, the Standards for Accreditation for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) were amended to include a requirement for all COMs to report certain data to the public.  The specific standard is presented below:

Standard 8.5

The COM must annually report publicly, beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, from the previous four academic years, the following data (a. and b. below) on its website, in its catalog, and in all COM promotional publications that provide information about the COM’s education for prospective students.  The COM may use a reference to this data as to where it can be found on the COM’s website.

a. The number of students from each graduating class who applied to and obtained or were offered placement in a graduate medical education program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the military, and the number of students from each graduating class who applied to and were unable to obtain placement in an accredited graduate medical program.1

b. The first time pass rate of its graduates on the COMLEX-USA Level 3 exam.2

1The number of students who sought placement into GME and were successful is obtained from the AACOM Annual Report as used to prepare the “GME Accountability Report” in Standard 8.3.  This is the value that is to be published by the COM.

2The COMLEX-USA Level 3 examination first time pass rates are reported as an aggregate score to all COMs for a single year period.  This is the value that is to be published by the COM. 

 

The following information is presented as LECOM’s response to Standard 8.5.  LECOM has three campuses.  The LECOM at Seton Hill campus, located in Greensburg, PA, is an additional location, which opened in 2009 and graduated its first class in 2013.  Since LECOM at Seton Hill is an additional location, all student- related data is included with the Erie campus data.  LECOM Bradenton is a branch campus and their student-related data is presented separate from the Erie campus data. 

 

Standard 8.5 a            Graduation match data:

 

Number of students from each graduating class who applied to and obtained/were offered placement in a graduate medical education program (AOA or ACGME or military), and the number of students from each graduating class who applied to and were unable to obtain placement in an accredited graduate medical program.

 

Erie Campus

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013*

No. Matched

215

215

244

248

331

AOA

126

134

157

160

172

ACGME

80

69

72

78

133

Military

9

12

11

10

7

No. Unmatched

0

0

4

0

0

*The 2013 year includes graduates from the LECOM at Seton Hill campus also

 

Bradenton Campus

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

No. Matched

159

142

149

152

150

AOA

96

79

76

77

83

ACGME

55

55

65

60

60

Military

8

8

7

13

7

No. Unmatched

0

0

1

2

0

 

Standard 8.5 b            LECOM Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam (COMLEX) Pass Rate

 

What are the COMLEX exams?

All Osteopathic medical students are required to take COMLEX Levels 1, 2, and 3.  The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) website (www.nbome.org) provides the following description of the COMLEX exams:

“The COMLEX-USA series is designed to assess the osteopathic medical knowledge and clinical skills considered essential for osteopathic generalist physicians to practice medicine without supervision. COMLEX-USA is constructed in the context of medical problem-solving which involves clinical presentations and physician tasks.”  For additional information on the NBOME and COMLEX exams, please refer to the website. 

Students take the COMLEX Level 1 following completion of their second year and Level 2 after completion of their third year.  Level 3 must be taken after graduation and prior to entry into the OGME-3 year of residency. 

 

LECOM COMLEX Performance summary:

For COMLEX Level 1 pass rates, LECOM has performed above the national average since 2009. 

For COMLEX Level 2 first time pass rates, LECOM has been at or above the national average for the past three years.  For the 2012-2013 testing cycle for Level Two Clinical Evaluation (CE) exam, LECOM Erie and LECOM Bradenton ranked numbers one and two respectively in pass rate among all 28 osteopathic schools included in the data. 

 

COMLEX LEVEL 1 BOARD SCORES

First time pass rate for testing cycles for years 2008-2009 to 2012-2013

 

School

08-09

09-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14*

Bradenton

97.3

100

100

97.4

100

98.41

Erie

91.7

95.8

93.2

96.2

95.7

99.13

National

89.6

89.6

87.6

91.8

90.6

92.84

 

*The 2013-2014 testing cycle ends in May 2014 and the national average will continue to change during that time. 

 

 

 

 

COMLEX LEVEL 2 Clinical Evaluation (CE) BOARD SCORES

First time pass rate for testing cycles for years 2008-2009 to 2012-2013

 

School

08-09

09-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

Bradenton

92.8

85.3

97.2

94.7

94.1

Erie

93.9

84.7

93.4

91.2

94.3

National

92.0

82.6

86.5

86.9

89.4

 

 

COMLEX LEVEL 2 Performance Evaluation (PE) BOARD SCORES

First time pass rate for testing cycles for years 2008-2009 to 2012-2013

 

School

08-09

09-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

Bradenton

92.4

93.7

97.1

97.4

96.0

Erie

94.5

96.4

97.1

95

94.5

National

94.8

94.8

96.1

95

94.1

                       

 

COMLEX LEVEL 3 BOARD SCORES

First time pass rate for testing cycles starting in Feb. 2009 to Feb. 2010

         

School

09-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

Bradenton

92.79

92.22

97.56

97.35

Erie

87.98

89.78

94.49

94.72

National

91.89

91.45

95

95.09

 

COMLEX-USA Level 3 must be taken after a student has graduated and entered residency.  The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Program requirements state that “Residents must have passed COMLEX-USA-Level 3 prior to entry into the OGME-3 year”. 

Each residency program determines any requirements for preparation and may set the date when the exam must be taken.