Kaplan Medical is Building a Future with Osteopathic Physicians  

by Jonathan Bruner, D.O., Curriculum Developer - Level 1 | October 20, 2021

Kaplan Medical has been working alongside osteopathic students and colleges for years. However, with the ongoing growth in the profession, even more resources have been dedicated to our osteopathic family. As the Osteopathic Lead Curriculum Developer, part of my role has been to find ways to further support our osteopathic learners, with the goal of offering the best osteopathic specific content and support to all levels of osteopathic education. Below you will find the most up to date list of our current projects:

Level 1 QBank Revision

Starting in early 2021, a discovery effort involving osteopathic school faculty and students (COMLEX scores in the 90-95th percentile) preceded a complete revision of our 1400-question Level 1 QBank. Each question has been updated to be exam-like and reflect current guidelines by a team of osteopathic physicians. Explanations were enhanced with over 600 new high-yield images and tables and, when applicable, an “OMM Connections” section to relate the basic science topic of the question with osteopathic concepts. Additional references are also included for students to find more information on topics they would like to learn more about. 

Taxonomy Revision

An additional project that emerged from student and faculty feedback was to update the taxonomy of our Qbank to align with the COMLEX-USA Level 1 exam blueprint published by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). 

This consisted of tagging our questions with topics related to the following areas:

  • Core Competency
  • Clinical Presentations
  • Disciplines

Using these areas to drive the Qbank experience not only aligns our content to the concepts tested on the COMLEX-USA Level 1, but it also allows for reporting that is aligned with the osteopathic school curriculum. Students and faculty will now have a better understanding of the areas they are excelling in and the areas that need more focus. 

Updating the taxonomy for the entire Level 1 QBank was completed over summer 2021 and will be integrated into all of our projects going forward.

Level 2 OMM QBank

Upon completion of the Level 1 Qbank revision, the osteopathic team of writers transitioned to creating a new COMLEX-USA Level 2 Qbank. Initially, 500 new OMM questions will be written that involve integrating osteopathic philosophy into the management and/or treatment process. Some examples of the topics covered include viscerosomatic reflexes, osteopathic manipulative treatment, and the osteopathic tenets. This will be offered in conjunction with our Step 2 materials for COMLEX Level 2 preparation and is projected to be released as a free trial in January of 2022.

Future Plans

Already underway is an update to Kaplan’s OMM Review Level 1 and Level 2 books to ensure all important topics are covered and supported by osteopathic texts (Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, etc.).  The Level 2 QBank will be expanded to include non-OMM questions, our Level 1 institutional simulation exam will be revised, and along the way, we will continue to partner with Kaplan’s talented imaging team to continue to add to our robust library of audio/visual materials.

Kaplan is dedicated to providing concise, high-yield osteopathic educational support through our COMLEX specific materials, including QBanks, that have detailed explanations, images that reinforce key concepts, and OMM Connections that integrate osteopathic philosophy into each question.  If you have any questions about working with Kaplan, please reach out to your regional representative or visit our website to request a demo.

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, and I am a third-generation osteopathic physician. My career path has been most influenced by an interest in both science and education. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of science degree, major in biology and minor in chemistry, from the School of Education. Becoming a physician was the natural intersection of my interests, so I went on to graduate from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing my residency in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) there as well.  I practiced and worked as an assistant professor for 12 years and also worked as a residency director for two ONMM programs. I then transitioned out of clinical medicine to put more focus on my love of medical education and to allow a better life balance. 

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