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WVSOM Student Performance in Licensing exams (COMLEX)

COMLEX-USA is a series of four medical board examination components, taken at multiple points in an osteopathic medical student's career. All osteopathic medical schools in the United States require passage of COMLEX Level 1, Level 2-CE (computer-based exam) and Level 2-PE (performance-based exam) before graduation. Successful achievement of the final component, Level 3 (taken after graduation, during residency), qualifies the candidate for licensure as an osteopathic physician in all 50 states.

The COMLEX-USA sequence is administered by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, http://www.nbome.org/ .

Because students must pass licensing examinations to become physicians, WVSOM created "WVSOM's Office of National Boards," an internal administrative unit which provides leadership for WVSOM's activities in this area (see Exam Center).

WVSOM's policy regarding licensing examinations, Institutional Policy E-23 (available at Policies & Procedures) is designed to maximize student success while providing minimal disruption to learning in other curricular components.

As detailed in Institutional Policy E-23, students are allowed more than one attempt to pass the examination, but if the exams are not passed by the deadlines outlined in the policy, penalties are imposed, such as being removed from clinical rotations to concentrate on studying for the exam. Too many failures results in dismissal (see policy).

WVSOM pays very close attention to the performance of its students and graduates on the COMLEX-USA national boards.  Click on the link below for the past five (5) years pass rates

The graduate outcome data is available below: