You might be wondering why it’s been decided that CDM cases have been integrated into your COMLEX Level 3 exams. Believe it or not, these types of cases were developed almost 15 years ago in Canada and have already been adopted by many countries all over the world. The NBOME states that, “CDM cases assess the ability to make appropriate patient management decisions as an independently practicing osteopathic generalist physician. The cases are not meant to simply assess factual knowledge, but rather to assess the ability to apply knowledge at specific decision points in patient care, a special emphasis for the COMLEX-USA Level 3 examination”.
Since your COMLEX Level 3 will include these new question types, it is important to understand how the questions are constructed and will be answered. On your exam, you will most likely encounter 8-9 CDM cases belonging to one section. The typical case will provide you with a clinical scenario with 2-4 questions about. You will be asked to answer the questions via a short written answer or by an extended multiple-choice question, where more than one answer might be correct.
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Start studying early and learn through our single questions and CDM cases, each including a thorough explanation about the topic. Be sure to check back for more tips and pointers on getting through CDM cases and other great topics to help you succeed during medical school and residency. You can also learn more about the CDM cases by visiting: http://www.nbome.org/cdm.asp