M.D. Student Achievement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges


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

Threshold: Less than 5%

Actual for entering classes 2004 - 2010 (graduating 2014 if on time) 3% (97% retention)

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate for the M.D. program is defined as those graduating in four (on time) or six years, exclusive of leave of absence, student selection and support.

Threshold: 95%

Actual for entering classes 2004 - 2010:

4-year graduation rate: 94%

6-year graduation rate: 97%

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 95%.

Threshold: 95% first-time pass rate

Actual for entering classes 2004 - 2010: 95.2% (National rates for those cohorts was 93.7%)

Career Placement

Aligned with the MSM mission, residency (Graduate Medical Education) match rates and careers in primary care goals.

Career threshold > 50% in primary care (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics)

Actual for classes graduating 2004 - 2014: 66%

Career threshold > 50% in "core specialties for Georgia" (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, prediatrics, emergency medicine and surgery)

Actual for classes graduating 2008 - 2014: 71%

Career threshold > 94% matched

Actual for classes graduating 2004 - 2014: 97%

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."

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