Graduate Medical Education and COMLEX Level 3 Results

Beginning in 2013, the Standards for Accreditation for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) were amended to include a requirement for all colleges of osteopathic medicine 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, for 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.

  1. 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.
  2. The first-time pass rate of its graduates on the COMLEX-USA Level 3 exam.

The following information is presented as the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine's response to Standard 8.5. 

Graduate Medical Education Match Information

The UNE COM 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Class Size 122 110 119 131 122
No. Matched 119 105 118 126 119
AOA 45 26 34 33 36
ACGME 68 69 73 81 74
Military 6 10 11 12 9
Deferred Postgraduate Training 1 Year 3 5 1 5 3

 

Residencies by specialty

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine's Class of 2013 matched in a variety of specialties and will be training in sites across the country.

 

Pie chart of U N E College of Osteopathic Medicine students' residencies by specialty

COMLEX Level 3 Pass Rates

What are the COMLEX exams?

All osteopathic medical students are required to take COMLEX Levels 1 and 2. COMLEX Level 3 is taken during post-graduate medical training. 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 during residency.

First-time pass rates for COMLEX Level 1

Testing Cycle First- Time Pass Rate National Pass Rate
May 2009 - April 2010 93.3% 89.9%
May 2012 - April 2011 94.5% 87.6%
May 2012 - April 2013 94.9% 90.6%

First time pass rates for COMLEX Level 2 Cognitive Evaluation (CE)

Testing Cycle First-Time Pass Rate National Pass Rate
June 2009 - May 2010 84.7% 82.6%
June 2010 - May 2011 88.1% 86.5%
June 2012 - May 2013 92.7% 89.4%

First time pass rates for COMLEX Level 2 Performance Evaluation (PE)

Testing Cycle First-Time Pass Rate National Pass Rate
June 2009 - May 2010 97.2% 94.8%
June 2010 - May 2011 98.3% 96.1%
June 2012 - May 2013 95.0% 94.1%

First-time pass rate for COMLEX Level 3

Testing Cycle First-Time Pass Rate Number of Students
Feb. 2009 - Jan. 2010 90.7% 108
Feb. 2010 - Jan. 2011 93.9% 126
Feb. 2011 - Jan. 2012 96.6% 149
Feb. 2012 - Feb. 2013 92.7% 123