Graduation Rates by Entering Year

Overall graduation rates are the number of students that start out in medical school who then graduate at the end of six years. Although 89-95% 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.

Entering Cohort Graduation Rate
2014-15 86.0%*
2013-14 96.8%*
2012-13 96.4%
2011-12 95.5%
2010-11 97.8%

* These classes includes students still active in the program as of 7/2/2018.  As they complete the program the graduation rate will increase.


Internship and Residency Match Rates

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. Des Moines University has had a high match rate, and this past year 99.5% of all graduates matched into an internship or residency.

Match Rate Percentages
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
DMU Overall 97.2
(208/214)
97.8
(219/225)
100.0
(223/223)
100.0
(211/211)
100.0
(210/210)
100.0
(211/211)
99.5
(206/207)
Military Match 7.5
(16/214)
4.4
(10/225)
4.5
(10/223)
6.6
(14/211)
7.1
(15/210)
2.4
(5/211)
4.8
(10/207)
AOA Match 27.6
(59/214)
36.0
(81/225)
28.7
(64/223)
34.1
(72/211)
 42.4
(89/210)
 28.4
(60/211)
14.9
(31/207)
ACGME Match 62.1
(133/214)
57.3
(128/225)
66.8
(149/223)
59.3
(125/211)
50.5
(106/210)
 69.2
(146/211)
79.8
(165/207)

Last updated April 2018


Board Pass Rates by Graduation Year

DMU pass rates on COMLEX board exams consistently exceed the national average. Board exam results provide an important measure of knowledge for review as part of the graduate medical education (residency) application process. Three-year averages represent the most recent three years of data.

Graduation Year Level 1 Level 2-CE Level 2-PE Level 3
2014 93.4
90.6 NA
97.3
92.3 NA
95.3
92.6 NA
97.8
96.4 NA
2015 95.3
92.0 NA
94.2
92.6 NA
92.6
92.1 NA
97.3
96.5 NA
2016 97.6
93.9 NA
97.6
92.2 NA
97.6
93.0 NA
100.0
96.7 NA
2017 97.7
92.3 NA
96.3
93.2 NA
96.7
92.9 NA
98.4
95.4 NA
2018 95.7
92.7 NA
98.1
92.8 NA
94.6
93.2 NA
2019 99.5
96.0 NA
 100.0
97.1 NA
 96.1
NA Pending
2020 95.4
93.3 NA
3-Year Average* 96.9
94.0 NA
98.1
94.4 NA
96.3
93.0 NA
98.6
96.2 NA

* COMLEX Level 1 (2018-20), COMLEX Level 2-CE (2017-19), COMLEX Level 2-PE (2016-18) and COMLEX Level 3 (2015-17).

NA = National Average.
Last updated January 2019


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