Student Achievement Goals

Statements of Goals for Student Achievement
& Student Success

School of Medicine Students must complete a prescribed curriculum to earn the Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree. The curriculum is designed to be completed in four years. The first two years are dedicated to preclinical courses, which cover the basic sciences and fundamentals of medical practice. The remaining two years involve interaction with patients in ambulatory and in-patient settings for internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. Successful completion of coursework, internal examinations, external examinations, and clinical experiences are required for advancement through the curriculum. (Detailed information about the curriculum and requirements for graduation are in the 2016-2017 Academic Catalog.)


The School of Medicine sets goals and assesses student achievement in several ways, including, retention/on-time graduation, passing national board examinations, and job placement after graduation.

Retention/On-time Graduation: Most students who enroll in the School of Medicine complete the program. Of the 2010 cohort of 105 entering students, 72 percent graduated in four years (2014).

National Board Examinations: The School of Medicine requires students to pass Step 1, Step 2 (CK) and Step 2 (CS) of the U.S. Medical Licensure Examinations (USMLE) to receive the MD degree. The first-time taker pass rate on Step 1 in 2013 was 87 percent. The first-time taker pass rate on Step 2 CK for 2013 was 85 percent. The first time taker pass rate on Step 2 CS for 2013 was 88 percent.

Job Placements: Students who graduate from the School of Medicine participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Of the 98 participants in the 2014 Match, 88 percent earned placements in residency programs as of March 2014.