Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination Level 1 Exam

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Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination Level 1

Basic Medical Sciences
Anatomy: Gross anatomy, embryology, histology, and neuroanatomy.
Physiology: Cellular and organ system physiology, including neurophysiology, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Biochemistry: Molecular biology, metabolism, genetics, and immunology.
Microbiology: Bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology.
Pharmacology: Principles of drug actions, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and therapeutics.
Clinical Medicine
History Taking and Physical Examination: Techniques for obtaining patient history and conducting a comprehensive physical examination.
Diagnostic Techniques: Interpretation of laboratory tests, imaging studies (e.g., X-rays, CT scans, MRI), and other diagnostic procedures.
Pathophysiology: Understanding disease processes and their manifestations.
Differential Diagnosis: Formulating differential diagnoses based on clinical presentations.
Evidence-Based Medicine: Applying principles of evidence-based medicine in clinical decision-making.
Osteopathic Principles and Practices (OPP)
Osteopathic Philosophy: Principles of osteopathic medicine, including holistic patient care, the body’s self-regulatory mechanisms, and the interrelationship of structure and function.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT): Techniques for diagnosing and treating somatic dysfunction using hands-on manual therapies.
Osteopathic Diagnosis: Assessment of musculoskeletal, neurological, and visceral dysfunctions through palpation, motion testing, and other diagnostic methods.
Clinical Skills
Patient Communication: Effective communication with patients, families, and healthcare teams.
Clinical Reasoning: Integration of clinical data to formulate diagnoses and treatment plans.
Professionalism: Ethical and legal principles in healthcare, patient confidentiality, and cultural competence.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Working with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive patient care.
Biomedical Ethics and Legal Issues
Medical Ethics: Ethical dilemmas in patient care, informed consent, end-of-life care, and professional boundaries.
Legal Issues: Understanding healthcare laws and regulations, liability, malpractice, and patient rights.
Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Epidemiology: Principles of disease occurrence, distribution, and prevention.
Health Promotion: Strategies for promoting healthy behaviors and preventing diseases at the individual and community levels.
Healthcare Systems: Understanding healthcare delivery systems, healthcare policy, and health disparities.
Clinical Rotations
Clinical Clerkships: Experiences in various clinical settings, including internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and family medicine.
Patient Management: Practical skills in patient management, including diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.
Continuity of Care: Coordinating care across different healthcare settings and specialties.

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