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2017 annual report - Florida State University College of Medicine

MEDICAL EDUCATION

MEDICAL EDUCATION QUALITY 24 NUMBERS DON’T ALWAYS ADD UP IN ADMISSIONS The College of Medicine deliberately and carefully looks beyond numbers when looking for medical students who are a good fit for the school’s mission. Which raises an obvious question: If we don’t think numbers are important, why share them on these pages? “The answer is fairly simple – because these numbers illustrate that MCAT scores don’t have to be the be-all and end-all of medical school admissions,” said Alma Littles, senior associate dean for medical education and academic affairs. “College of Medicine students chosen as much for what’s in their heart as for their intellectual prowess and academic pedigree have always performed on national, standardized exams on par with medical students elsewhere.” All students at accredited M.D. programs in the U.S. and Canada are required to take the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) – Step 1 before entering the intensive clinical-training phase of their studies and Step 2 after required clinical rotations have begun. Step 3 is given during the first year of residency training. According to the USMLE, “Passing results are based on achievement of specified levels of proficiency established prior to administration of the examinations.” Students who do not receive an initial passing score on the exams are not able to continue in their progression until they retake (and pass) the exams. Unfortunately, medical schools and residency programs are often judged not on their students’ demonstration of knowledge based on meeting the proficiency requirements of the exams – and their ability to compassionately and competently care for patients – but on their students’ average USMLE scores. That places pressure on those programs to focus on other standardized exams, such as MCAT scores, when deciding whom to admit to medical school. As a result, medical school applicants perfectly capable of performing well academically, and who have the often difficult-to-teach skills for compassion and empathy with patients, routinely are overlooked in the admissions process. “The good news, as the results seen on these pages indicate, is we don’t have to sacrifice one for the other,” Littles said. “Our students are smart – and compassionate.” COMPARED WITH STUDENTS AT OTHER U.S. AND CANADIAN M.D. PROGRAMS FIRST-TIME TAKERS CLASSES * * * - National Step 2 scores not available at press time.

2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T 25 U.S. MEDICAL LICENSING EXAM MEAN OVERALL SCORE FOR FIRST-TIME TAKERS USMLE Step 1 - Given at the end of the second year of medical school Pass rate: FSU (average, classes of 2005-18): 93 percent - All other U.S. and Canadian: 94 percent National Mean Score FSU Actual Mean Score 240 240 230 230 220 220 Score on USMLE 210 200 190 180 210 200 190 180 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13 ‘14 ‘15 ‘16 ‘17 ‘18 ‘19 Class USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge - Given early in the fourth year of medical school Pass rate: FSU (average, classes of 2005-17): 98 percent - All other U.S. and Canadian: 96 percent National Mean Score FSU Actual Mean Score 240 240 230 230 220 220 Score on USMLE 210 200 190 180 210 200 190 180 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13 ‘14 ‘15 ‘16 ‘17 ‘18 Class COMPARING USMLE Step 1 vs 2 — CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE National Step 1 FSU Step 1 National Step 2 FSU Step 2 240 240 230 230 220 220 Score on USMLE 210 200 190 180 210 200 190 180 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13 ‘14 ‘15 ‘16 ‘17 ‘18 Class

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