The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) Class of 2009 recently scored the best in the nation on the challenging Level 1 Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX), marking the third consecutive year the medical school has been the top performer in the nation on this exam. This year, the TCOM class of 2009 performed best in the nation for all osteopathic medical schools with a 98.5 percent pass rate and student mean score 8.5 percent above the national average.
Each year between the second and third year of medical school, students take the Level 1 COMLEX to measure their didactic level of medical knowledge. All states require medical students to pass a licensing exam before they receive licenses to practice medicine. The three-part COMLEX series examination usually is taken at the completion of the second year of medical school, the fourth year of medical school and during the internship (first residency year). Scores from the first COMLEX are used by residency programs to select students for interviews and acceptance into medical specialty training programs. The M.D. equivalent is the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE).
More than 600 students are enrolled at TCOM, a growth of 1,500 percent since the school's inception 38 years ago. TCOM graduates are in primary care and specialty practices across Texas and the nation. Along with traditional medical and surgical training, they bring to their patients the unique benefits of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment, and emphasize patient education, disease prevention, good nutrition and fitness.
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