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
2016-17 90.0%*
2015-16 96.8%*
2014-15 95.0%*
2013-14 97.3%
2012-13 96.4%

*These classes include students still active in the program as of 1/26/2021. As they complete the program the graduation rate will increase.


Internship and Residency Match Rates

Finding graduate medical education (GME) after medical school is a top priority for our students at Des Moines University’s College of Medicine. Not every student decides to pursue a residency right away but for the majority that do, they will be well prepared for what lies ahead on their career path. Competition for GME is solid with the unified Match of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), but our goal at Des Moines University is to equip students to be competitive applicants. Des Moines University prides itself on a high placement rate percentage and in the 2021 cycle, we had a 99% placement rate.

Match Rate Percentages
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
DMU Overall 100.0
(211/211)
99.5
(206/207)
99.5
(219/220)
97.1
(206/212)
99
(202/204)
Military Match* 2.4
(5/211)
4.8
(10/207)
5.0
(11/220)
2.8
(6/212)
5.8
(12/204)
AOA Match 28.4
(60/211)
14.9
(31/207)
8.2
(18/220)
N/A N/A
ACGME Match 69.2
(146/211)
79.8
(165/207)
86.4
(190/220)
94.3
(200/212)
99
(189/191)

Last updated May 2021
*Percentage of class matching military


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
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
98.2
97.5 NA
2019 99.6
96.0 NA
99.1
95.6 NA
95.6
93.2 NA
98.2
97.0 NA
2020 95.8
93.0 NA
98.6
96.8 NA
96.2
92.1 NA
2021 97.6
94.3 NA
99.0*
96.9 NA*
2022 97.7*
94.2 NA*
3-Year Average** 97.0
93.8 NA
98.9
96.4 NA
95.5
92.8 NA
98.3
96.6 NA

*Test cycle remains open for 2021 COMLEX Level 2CE and 2022 COMLEX Level 1.
**COMLEX Level 1 (2020-22), COMLEX Level 2-CE (2019-21), COMLEX Level 2-PE (2018-20) and COMLEX Level 3 (2017-19).

NA = National Average.
Last updated January 2021

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