Student Achievement

The medical and graduate health professions programs at EVMS reflect the institution's mission as an academic health center dedicated to achieving excellence and fostering the highest ethical standards in medical and health professions education, research, and patient care. EVMS only offers graduate educational programs in the medical and health professions. Therefore, at the institutional level, student achievement is measured primarily by the ability of students to complete their designated program of study in a timely manner, to gain entry into graduate residencies in the case of medicine, and to pass required licensure examinations. EVMS students are successful -- they graduate on time, they pass required licensure examinations on their first attempt, and are accepted into the next phase of required education in their specialty if there is such a requirement. Specific measures of student achievement include on-time program completion, first-time pass rates on licensure exams, and success in residency placement. They are discussed in the following narrative.

Program Completion

Graduation rates serve as one measure of student achievement that indicates whether EVMS is fulfilling its mission. Students are expected to graduate within a specified number of years based on their particular academic program requirements. The normal completion time for the MD program is four years. The normal completion time for most School of Health Professions programs is two years. Extenuating circumstances may delay some students' progress toward graduation. The EVMS School of Medicine target graduation rate is based on the four-year national graduation rates for U.S. Medical School M.D.-only students published by the Association of American Medical Colleges. It is not possible to benchmark national graduation rates for School of Health Professions programs because of a lack of national program-specific data. EVMS has chosen to focus on the analysis of graduation rates for the School of Health Professions by using aggregate institutional data. The EVMS School of Health Professions' target graduation rate is a five-year rolling average graduation rate based on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System's definition of on-time graduation as the ratio of the total number of completers within 150% of the normal time to completion, without regard to whether students have part-time or full-time status. Thus, the EVMS rationale for each target threshold is for graduation rates to approximate either the national four-year graduation rates for the School of Medicine or the historical rolling five-year graduation rate for the School of Health Professions as shown in Table 1. Approximately 60% of undergraduates nationally graduate within six years of enrollment. There is no comparable national data for graduate programs. Consequently, EVMS analyzes its historical graduation rates, which average 80% and which range between 77% and 83% and uses the 80% five-year average as its target.

Table 1

EVMS Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates

                             Graduating Class

 

4-Year Graduation Rate Target

2013

2014

2015 2016 2017

Actual 4-Year Graduation Rate

Status

School of Medicine

83%

88%

92%

87%

88%

88%

88%

Met

 

5-Year Graduation Rate Target (rolling)

         

Actual 5-Year Graduation Rate (rolling)

 

School of Health Professions

83%

90%

87%

87%

87%

87%

87%

Met

Data for the School of Medicine indicates that EVMS exceeds the threshold of approximating national four-year graduation rates. Data for the EVMS School of Health Professions indicates that overall rates meet the threshold of approximating the institution's historical five-year rolling average graduation rate.

Licensure Examinations

A second measure of student achievement at EVMS is the first-time pass rate on licensure exams for the Doctor of Medicine, Physician Assistant and Surgical Assisting programs. The target threshold is the national average first-time pass rates on licensure examinations as the gold standard to ensure comparability with student achievement nationwide. The national first-time pass rates approximate 96% for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) licensure exams, 94% for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), and 70% for the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NCCSA) exam. The rationale for the target threshold measures is that EVMS seeks to be at or above the national average first-time pass rates to ensure the quality of its programs. Table 2 documents that EVMS successfully exceeds threshold measures.

Table 2

EVMS and National First-time Pass Rates

Class Year

2015

 

 

 

2016

2017

School of Medicine

Target

Actual Status

Target

Actual

Status

Target

Actual

Status

USMLE Step 1

96%

98% Met

96%

97%

Met

95%

100%

Met

USMLE Step 2 CK

95%

96% Met

96%

99%

Met

96%

99%

Met

USMLE Step 2 CS

96%

97% Met

97%

99%

Met

96%

96%

Met

School of Health Professions

       

Physician Assistant PANCE

94%

96% Met

96%

94%

Met

Pending

94%

 

Surgical Assisting NCCSA

85%

100% Met

85%

100%

Met

90%

100%

Met

Postgraduate Training

A third institutional student achievement measure addresses the success of EVMS medical graduates gaining acceptance into postgraduate training (e.g., residencies). The national match rate is 94%. The EVMS rationale for the target threshold is to be at or above the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) placement rate, thus ensuring the comparability of EVMS graduates with graduates from other medical schools. Table 3 documents that EVMS clearly fulfills the student achievement threshold of approximating the national rate of acceptance into post-graduate medical training.

Table 3

Residency Match Rates

Postgraduate Training

Graduating Class

2014

2015

2016

2017

EVMS School of Medicine

Target

Actual

Status

Target

Actual

Status

Target

Actual

Status

Target

Actual Status

Residency match rate (U.S. Allopathic Seniors)

94%

100%

Met

94%

100%

Met

94%

96%

Met

94%

98% Met