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Part I Explained
Multiple Choice Question Section
A multiple choice question (MCQ) section will consist of 50 questions generated by and validated by multiple Delphi groups. This section will take approximately one (1) hour.
The MCQ section of the diplomate exam may be built around the case history format and include the following:
- Orthopedic Tests/Maneuvers
- Laboratory – Orthopedic Relevance
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Common Chiropractic/Orthopedic Clinical Conditions
- Physical Therapeutics
- Medical-Legal Issues
Diagnostic Imaging Section
A diagnostic imaging section will consist of ten (10) diagnostic imaging cases presented in computer or film format with questions based on current diagnostic imaging interpretation. The diagnostic imaging section is generated by and validated by multiple Delphi groups. This section will take approximately one (1) hour.
The following imaging studies may be presented in cases during Part I or Part II examinations.
- Plain Film Radiography
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Computerized Tomography (CT)
- Bone Scans
The images utilized in this section may include the following areas:
Axial skeleton to include, but not limited to: disc involvement, joint involvement, spinal stenosis, cord injuries, trauma cases, fractures, soft tissue involvement, tumors (both benign and metastatic), congenital abnormalities, and vascular abnormalities.
Appendicular skeleton to include, but not limited to: rib fractures, soft tissue injuries, extremity fractures, joint injuries, ligament injuries, arthridities, tumors (both benign and metastatic), and subluxations/dislocations.
Chest and abdomen to include, but not limited to: Pancoast tumor, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), calcific infiltration of organs, and tumors (both benign and metastatic).