Morehouse School of Medicine

Student Achievement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

 

The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) evaluates student success in the context of our mission to:

  • Improve the health and well being of individuals and communities;
  • Increase the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce;
  • Address primary healthcare needs through programs in education, research and service; with emphasis on people of color and the underserved urban and rural population in Georgia, the nation and the world.

The areas of achievement vary by program and include parameters of retention (low attrition), graduation, success in licensure examinations and career placement.

In accordance with the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), each institution should "publish statements of its goals for student achievement and success of students in achieving those goals."

Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure
 

 

M.D. Program

Graduation Rate

The graduation rate for the M.D. program is defined as those graduating within six years of starting the program.

Graduation Rate Threshold: 95%

Actual for Students Matriculating 2012-2017: 98%

Attrition

The selection and support of students in the M.D. program should be sufficient to keep attrition (withdrawal and dismissal) rates below five percent.

Attrition Threshold: 5% or less

Actual for Students Matriculating 2012-2017: 1%

Licensure and Certification Examinations

United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 is taken after the completion of the second-year curriculum and is required for licensure in the United States. The national first-time pass rates average 94% to 96%.

Step 1 Threshold: 95% first-time pass rate

Step 1 Actual for Students Taking the Exam 2013-2017: 93%

United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 CK and CS are taken after the completion of the third-year curriculum and are required for licensure in the United States. The national first-time pass rates average  from 96% to 97% for Step 2 CK and from 96% to 98% for Step 2 CS.

Step 2 CK Threshold:  95% pass rate for first time test takers

Step 2 CS Threshold:  95% pass rate for first time test takers

Step 2 CK Actual for Students Taking the Exam 2013-2017: 96%

Step 2 CS Actual for Students Taking the Exam 2013-2017: 94%

Career Placement

Aligned with the MSM mission, MSM has goals for residency (Graduate Medical Education) match rates overall as well as in careers in primary care.

Residency Match Rate Threshold: Greater than 95%

Actual for classes graduating 2013-2017: 98%

Primary Care Residency Match Rate Threshold: Greater than 50% in primary care (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology)

Actual for classes graduating 2013-2017: 58%

Core GA Specialties Match Rate Threshold: Greater than 50% in "core specialties for Georgia" (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, and surgery)

Actual for classes graduating 2013-2017: 72% 

 

Graduate Education in Biomedical Sciences Programs

Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences

Attrition

The selection and support of students in the Ph.D. program should be sufficient to keep attrition rates below 10 percent.

Threshold: Less than 10%

Program requires graduation within seven years of entering program

Actual for entering classes 2005 - 2010 (graduating 2017 if on time): 15% (85% retention)

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate for the Ph.D. program is defined as those graduating in seven years exclusive of leave of absence.

Threshold: 90% 7-year graduation rate

Actual for entering classes 2005 - 2010 (graduating 2017 if on time): 85% 

Time-to-Degree

The time to degree is calculated as the average number of years it takes a student to complete the degree.

Actual for entering classes 2005 - 2010: 5.75 years

Career Placement

Due to the fact that a wide variety of employment options are open to individuals that hold Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences, our placement goals are primarily for our students to find suitable employment in line with their individual interests and goals. 

Career threshold: 50% of graduates entering postdoctoral training positions after graduating

Actual for classes entering 2005 - 2010 (graduating 2017 if on time): 63% of graduates entered postdoctoral training programs

M.S. in Biomedical Research

Attrition

The selection and support of students in the MSBR program should be sufficient to keep attrition rates below 10 percent.

Threshold: Less than 10%

Program expects graduation and/or transfer into our Ph.D. program within two years of entering the program. The program began in 2008.

Actual for classes graduating 2012 - 2017: 9% (91% retention)

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate for the MSBR program is defined as those entering the program and graduating in two years exclusive of leave of absence.

Threshold: 90%

Actual for classes 2012 - 2017 : 91% overall

Time-to-Degree

The time to degree is calculated as the average number of year(s) it takes a student to complete the degree.

Actual for classes graduating 2012 - 2017: 1.98 years

Career Placement

Due to the fact that the M.S. degree may or may not be a terminal degree for students entering the program, in addition to employment, we consider the success of these students entering this program gaining entry into doctoral degree programs evidence of successful career placement.

Career threshold: 95%

Actual for classes graduating 2012 - 2017: 92% 

 

M.S. in Medical Sciences

Time to Degree 

The time to degree is calculated as the average number of years it takes a student to complete degree requirement.

Threshold: 2 years

Average for all graduates entering from 2011-2016: 2.0 years

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate for the MSMS program is defined as those entering the program and graduating in two years exclusive of leave of absence.

Threshold: 91%

** 35% of the students enter the M.D. program after the first year

Retention

The selection and support of students in the MSMS program should be sufficient to keep attrition rates below 10 percent.

Average for all graduates entering from 2011-2016: 91% 

Career Placement

Due to the fact that the M.S. degree may or may not be a terminal degree for students entering the program, in addition to employment, we consider the success of these students entering this program gaining entry into doctoral degree programs evidence of successful career placement.

Postgraduate Position in line with career goals or acceptance into feeder programs:  88%

 

M.S. in Clinical Research

Retention

The selection and support of students in the MSCR program should be sufficient to keep attrition rates below 10 percent.

Threshold: Less than 10%

Average for all graduates:  92% 

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate for the MSCR program is defined as those entering the program and graduating in two years exclusive of leave of absence.

Threshold: 90%

Average for all graduates: 95% overall

Career Placement

Due to the fact that the M.S. degree may or may not be a terminal degree for students entering the program, in addition to employment, we consider the success of these students entering this program gaining entry into doctoral degree programs evidence of successful career placement.

Career threshold: 95%

Average for all graduates: 92% 

Time to Degree 

The time to degree is calculated as the average number of years it takes a student to complete degree requirement.

Threshold: 2 years

Average for all graduates: 2.0 years

 

Public Health Education

Attrition

The selection and support of students in the M.P.H. program should be sufficient to keep attrition rates below 15 percent.

Threshold: Less than 5%

Actual for entering classes 2015 - 2017: 4.1%

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate for the M.P.H. program is defined as those completing the M.P.H. within five years of matriculation.

Threshold: 70% (from Council on Education in Public Health)

Actual for entering classes 2015 - 2017: 95.9%

Career Placement

Career placement for the M.P.H. program is defined as placement in further graduate study or a career linked to public health within one year of graduation.

Career threshold: 80%

Actual for classes graduating 2015 - 2017: 96.8%

Proficiency

Students of the M.P.H. program should indicate a proficiency rating of (4) for each of the MPH core competencies by graduation.

Program goal: 100%

Actual for classes graduating 2015 - 2017: 98%