WVU School of Medicine students record 100 percent pass rate on key exam

Results are in for the class of 2006

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Recent graduates of the West Virginia University School of Medicine achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the final test that medical doctors must take before being licensed in the United States or Canada.

The WVU class of 2006, the most recent year for which scores are available, registered a perfect pass rate on the USMLE Step 3 examination. Across the United States and in Canada, the pass rate was 96 percent for medical school graduates taking the test for the first time.

“The 100 percent pass rate speaks for itself, and it’s better than the national first-time pass rate,” said Norman D. Ferrari III, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education. “When they graduate, we send them off to residency programs well prepared. This is just more evidence of how well our students do.”

“Our students always do well on the exam, but we’re pleased to learn that in 2006 all of them did exceptionally well,” said James Brick, M.D., interim dean of the School of Medicine. “Their great performance is a testament to the hard work they do while in medical school and the quality of instruction they receive.”

The USMLE Step 3 exam includes clinical case simulations, testing graduates’ knowledge ranging from problems that are not urgent to life-threatening emergencies. The exam assesses clinical skills as well as diagnostic acumen, tests quality of decision making and knowledge of treatment guidelines and follow-up care.

Results come from the National Board of Medicine Examiners, which administers the test series.

For information on the WVU School of Medicine see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/.




For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
AB: 01-7-09

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