The Firecracker Osteopathic Medicine team is excited to announce the launch of our new product, COMLEX L1 2017, covering all of the osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) content. We set out to create the product that we wished we had when we were studying for our COMLEX exams. We wanted something that covered all of the important OMM material and only the important OMM material. If you’re looking for a thick osteopathic textbook that goes into every painful detail about theoretical benefits and mechanisms of OMM, you may want to look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for something that will prepare you to confidently answer every OMM question on your COMLEX exam in the shortest amount of time, we are confident you will be very happy with the new OMM content.
We want to take a chance to provide some answers to common questions users may have about this new product.
How is this different from the old COMLEX product?
More Focused Study
Our new product focuses on the highest-yield content that is most likely to show up on COMLEX Level 1, COMLEX Level 2, and OMM shelf exams. One of the nice things about OMM questions on any NBOME exam is that they are fairly predictable and are chosen from a relatively small pool of material compared to the non-OMM content. This allowed us to go into greater detail on the concepts that show up on virtually every exam. Think about it: you can prepare for 10%-15% of your exam by mastering just 28 topics in our new OMM product. There is no more efficient way to boost your COMLEX score than mastering Firecracker’s new OMM content.
Since many osteopathic students choose to take both COMLEX and USMLE, one of the big questions we hear is, “How long should I take to study for COMLEX after taking USMLE?” Some students take up to a week of dedicated study to prepare for the OMM portion of COMLEX. This is, unfortunately, understandable due to the amount of time it takes to read through an OMM review book, figure out what is important, figure out what isn’t important, Google other important information not covered adequately, and then make time to do enough COMLEX practice questions to feel comfortable with COMLEX-style questions. And during this time, the non-OMM material you have just mastered when preparing for USMLE begins to slip away.
Personally, I took 2 days between Step 1 and Level 1, and struggled for those 2 days to figure out the best way to study for the OMM portion. However, because I was able to figure out what type of OMM questions actually show up on COMLEX, I needed just one day to study OMM content between Step 2 and Level 2. I am confident students who use our product will be able to raise their scores while reducing their OMM-specific study time significantly, leaving more time to study non-OMM content or extra time for that precious break before rotations begin!
Clear explanations for the most difficult OMM concepts
The most dreaded topics for any osteopathic student to study are cranial dysfunctions and sacral/innominate dysfunctions. These are also some of the weakest chapters in other OMM review sources, leaving many students without a solid way to study them. We have created a step-by-step guide to solving the type of cranial and sacral/innominate questions that show up on every COMLEX exam using the types of descriptions and physical exam findings that are found in actual COMLEX clinical vignettes.
Updated Chapman's Points and viscerosomatic reflex topics
Everyone knows that studying these topics is where you are going to get the most bang for your buck. You are guaranteed to get a good chunk of these questions on test day, and they are generally first-order questions. If you know them well enough to just mark the right answer and move on, you’ll have plenty of extra time on test day to answer the more difficult questions. We have updated the topics to include more high yield Chapman’s points and viscerosomatic reflex spinal levels so you are ready for those easy points on test day.
More High Yield Treatment Details (but not too many details)
One of the worst parts about preparing for OMM treatment questions is knowing what information is important. You could easily spend hours studying specifics that will simply never be tested. To help you avoid this, we have distilled the most important treatment details and included them in our treatment topics so that you can be sure you are mastering all the highest yield material without wasting your precious time studying unimportant details.
Does this cover all the OMM content I need to know for COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2?
Yes! You won’t have to waste time Googling “Is _____ tested on COMLEX?” or scouring through old SDN posts. Our editors have all excelled on the COMLEX exams, and we put our heads together to make sure all the high-yield material is covered in depth, and even the lower-yield concepts that occasionally show up are covered in appropriate detail. Everything OMM that you need to know for COMLEX can be found in our product, no other materials needed.
Does this cover all the OMM content I need to know for the OMM shelf exam?
Yes! Since our new OMM product covers everything you need to know in only 28 topics, your OMM shelf exam should be the easiest “Honors” you get during your clinical years. We even created a high yield anatomy review topic and a musculoskeletal/neurological pathology review topic so you don’t miss any of those points on the OMM shelf exam.
What if I still want to use the old OMM product?
If you’re using our existing OMM product to prepare for COMLEX nothing will change - you can continue to use that product. If you're a new user - you'll automatically start with the new product. If you're using our existing OMM product and would like to switch over, we've put this guide together for you.
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Thanks and let us know if you have any questions about the new content!
Dr. Scott Greenman, DO
Editor-in-chief, Firecracker Osteopathic Medicine