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COM Strategic Plan  COM Research Strategy 2020


Outcomes

Board Pass Rates

COMCOMLEXLevel 1%Level 2 CE%Level 2 PE%Level 3%
DMU-COM
3 Year Average
94.794.398.597.0
National
3 Year Average
91.789.392.093.6
201193.0
90.0 NA
94.0
87.0 NA
99.0
96.0 NA
95.0
91.0 NA
201289.0
88.0 NA
92.0
87.0 NA
98.2
95.0 NA
98.0
95.0 NA
201396.0
92.0 NA
94.0
89.0 NA
99.6
94.0 NA
98.0
95.0 NA
201493.0
91.0 NA
97.0
92.0 NA
 Pending
201595.0
92.0 NA
Pending
2016 Pending

NA= National Average.

How to read this table: Des Moines University students are score consistently above the mean or average pass rate year after year on all levels of the COMLEX board exams. Board exam scores are an important measure of knowledge and also important scores that are reviewed in the application for graduate medical education (residency).  Three-year averages represent the most recent three years of data.

Graduation Rates

COMGraduation Rates
By Entering Year
2006 %2007 %2008%2009%2010 %
DMU-COM
Overall Graduation Rates
94.994.098.295.9*92.9*

* Numbers could improve as the six-year clock has not expired.

How to interpret this graph: Overall graduation rates are the number of students that start out in medical school who then graduate at the end of six years. Although 89 to 93% of our students graduate within four years, many factors can impact a student not completing in four years.  These may include an illness or injury that puts the student behind, academic failure, moving to a five year program of study, suspension, withdrawal, or dismissal for integrity violations, etc. Des Moines University students have a very high graduation rate compared to many schools across the country.

Internship and Residency Match Rate

COMGME 98%
Match Target
2009 (%)2010 (%)2011 (%)2012 (%)2013 (%)2014 (%)3 Year Avg
2012-2014
DMU Overall 94(185/197)97.1(201/207)99(203/205)97.2(208/214)97.8(219-225)100(223/223)98.33
Military Match7.6(15/197)3.9(8/207)9.3(19/205)7.5(16/214)4.4(10/225)4.5(10/223)5.5
AOA Match25.4(50/197)30.0(62/207)32.7(67/205)27.6(59/214)36.0(81/225)28.7(64/223)30.8
ACGME Match61.0(120/197)63.3(131/207)57.0(117/205)62.1(133/214)57.3(128/225)66.8(149/223)62.1

How to interpret this graph: Matching to an internship or residency after medical school is very important. Although not every student decides to go on to a residency right away (some finish a master’s program or dual enrollment program, others volunteer for international missions, some do general medical officer duty in the military) the majority of the students enter the match in hopes of gaining a residency in the specialty they would like to pursue. There are far more applicants for residencies than there are residency spots. This makes the competition for graduate medical education (GME) fierce for some specialties. The Des Moines University has had a high match rate, and this past year 100% of all graduates matched into an internship or residency.