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Excellence at the College of Medicine/UMA
Students' passing rate
higher than U.S. average
College of Medicine and Vice President, Medical Affairs
We have several quality goals in our MUSC Excellence program, and one
of them is for our medical students to surpass the national average on
each step of the LCME exams.
We just received the final tabulation on our medical students’
performance on Step 1, and I am pleased to inform you that our
rising third-year students had a passing percentage of 95 percent (123
of 130). The national passing average for the 17,316 students who
took the exam was 94 percent. Thus we attained our goal of
surpassing the national exam performance mean.
Of course it is our students who achieved this mark, but they, as well
as I, realize that the outstanding teaching and didactic skills of our
faculty also played a major role. This College of Medicine goal is not
just for the basic science departments, but also for the clinical
departments, because increasingly on the part one exam many questions
relate to clinical medicine, and many of our clinical faculty
participate in small groups and larger settings of clinical
Our students did better than average in the subject areas of the
cardiovascular system, anatomy, microbiology/immunology, pharmacology
and the respiratory system. There were 15 subject areas below the
national average, however, so there remains work to be done.
My hat is off to students and faculty alike for reaching one of our
quality goals for the year. Thanks to students and faculty, we shall
continue to build on this success.
Friday, May 2, 2008
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