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School of Medicine Outcome Indicators


The SOM collects data across all courses and Phases to monitor student performance. Here we provide results on some key outcome data at different points in across the curriculum. For the most part these indicators have national norms for comparative purposes.

At the end of the preclinical years students must take and pass the USMLE Step I board exam.  The percent of Colorado students passing the first time and the class mean equaled or exceeded the national average except for the first group in the new curriculum where both dipped below the national average that year.

Year Number
Examined
Percent
Passing
Mean Total
Score
National Mean
Total Score
2010 153 92 222 222
2009 155 97 227 221
2008 152 95 222 222
2007 143 92 217 222
2006 135 95 222 218

Students participate in integrated block or traditional curricula.

Students must take and pass the USMLE Step II Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills exams to graduate.  On the CK, the percent of Colorado students passing the first time and the class mean exceeded the national average in all years except for the last year of the traditional clinical core when the class performed at the national average.

Year Number
Examined
Percent
Passing
Mean Total
Score
National Mean
Total Score
2009/2010 176 98 233 230
2008/2009 129 97 231 226
2007/2008 127 98 230 226
2006/2007 162 97 225 225
2005/2006 130 96 223 221

Students participate in integrated block or traditional curricula.

The Clinical Skills portion of the exam provides information only on the passing rate. Again the Colorado students performed well on this performance exam with standardized patients.

Year Number
Examined
Percent
Passing
2009/2010 165 99
2008/2009 159 97
2007/2008 146 99
2006/2007 141 95
2005/2006 128 98

Students participate in integrated block or traditional curricula.

To address the mission of creating knowledgeable, life-long learners, all medical students are required to complete a Mentored Scholarly Project (MSA). The MSA could be completed in any of a number of thematic areas. The class of 2010, the first to complete the requirement, presented their projects on March 11, 2010. The division of projects by thematic area (CS- Clinical Sciences; BS- Basic Sciences; HSSE- Humanities, Social Science and Education; EPCH- Epidemiology, and Public and Community Health) is shown below:

 

The quality of each project was rated on 6 dimensions by 2 independent raters. Using the mean of the two ratings, most projects met or exceeded expectations in all areas.

 

Although student performance while in medical school provides important information for monitoring the curriculum, students’ performance beyond medical school, as they move into the demands of functioning as a physician in their residencies offers another critical perspective on the impact of the school.  At the end of the internship year two types of data are collected. 

First graduates’ performance on the USMLE Step III boards is evaluated.  As seen in the table below, a higher percentage of Colorado students pass this exam than the national average in almost all years.  Data currently available are for students participating in the traditional curriculum.

 

USMLE Step 3 Results: Percentage of FAILS over time (exam first attempt)
  Graduation Year
  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
UC Denver 5 1 8 5 1 3 3 2
All Schools 5 5 4 4 4 4 4  

 

A second source of outcome data comes from directors of residency programs accepting Colorado graduates. Program directors rate graduates competencies at the end of the internship year in comparison to all interns they have taught. Data for graduates from the first class participating in the integrated curriculum are rated in the top 30% or middle 40% of all interns taught for the most part.

Percentage of Graduates Rated at Each Competency Level, Program Directors Survey, Class of 2009