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

Attrition

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, emergency medicine and surgery)

Actual for classes graduating 2008 - 2014: 71%

 

Career threshold > 94% matched

Actual for classes graduating 2004 - 2014: 97%

 

 

 

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 2001 - 2007 (graduating 2014 if on time) 7% (93% 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 2001 - 2007 (graduating 2014 if on time): 93%

  

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 graduating 2001 - 2007 (graduating 2014 if on time): 85% 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 entering classes 2008 - 2012 (graduating 2014 if on time) 12% (88% retention)

 

Graduation/Transfer to Ph.D. Program 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 entering classes 2008 - 2012 (graduating 2014 if on time):

88% overall

64% graduation with M.S. degree

20% transferring to Ph.D. prior to earning M.S. degree

 

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 2008 - 2012 (graduating 2014 if on time): 96%

 

 

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 2009 - 2012: 10.4%

 

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 2007 - 2012: 89.6%

 

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 2009 - 2014: 90%