As outlined by the NBOME COMVEX Bulletin of Information, the purpose of the examination is to provide state licensing boards an evaluation examination for osteopathic physicians to demonstrate current osteopathic medical knowledge.
The COMVEX examination is available if a governmental licensing authority or state licensing board requests the exam be administered to the examinee or sponsors the examinee to take the examination.
The COMVEX Exam is structured along two dimensions: Dimension 1, which contains various types of patient encounters, or situations that prompt patients to seek medical care. Dimension 2 describes six general physician skill areas that frame physician/patient encounters in the health care setting.
According to the COMVEX Blueprint, examinees will be tested on the following topics:
In addition to the BoardVitals question bank, make sure to review the NBOME COMVEX CBT Practice Exam.
The NBOME COMVEX exam is offered year round and takes approximately 9 hours, which is divided into two 4-hour sessions, and one 40-minute break. Examinees have the option to take two additional 10-minute breaks between specified sections of the exam. However, during these 10-minute breaks, the test time will continue to run.
The COMVEX is a computer-based exam comprised of 400 questions divided into eight 50-question sections. The 400 question types are in single best answer multiple choice question (MCQ) formats and some questions will be accompanied by pictorial material (e.g., charts, graphs, slides, monitor strips, radiographs).