Academic Excellence & Measures of Success

National Testing Data:

Quality Improvement Process Naitonal Exam Results


Performance on national exams including osteopathic self-assessment examinations (COMSAE), subject exams (COMAT), osteopathic licensure examinations (COMLEX I, II, COMLEX IIPE, and COMLEX III) informs institutional Quality Improvement Processes. Pass rates and mean performance, school trends and national benchmarks are monitored and analyzed to target curricular improvements. Data are shared with curriculum directors, Chairs, and Deans, and disseminated campus-wide.

 

 

COMSAE

The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Self-Assessment Examination (COMSAE) is a self-assessment examination for osteopathic students and residents to gauge the base of their knowledge and ability as they prepare to take a COMLEX cognitive examination. All students are required pass the COMSAE in preparation for the COMLEX.

COMAT

The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Achievement Test (COMAT) Series includes seven core clinical disciplines (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Osteopathic Principles and Practice, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery). Each subject examination is designed for standardized assessment in these core disciplines, such as end-of-course or clinical rotation student assessment. They assess an osteopathic student's achievement level on those subjects, with an emphasis on clinical application.

COMLEX

All Rowan SOM students are required to take and pass the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) Levels 1, 2CE, and 2PE before graduation. Level 1 is designed to assess the application of the biomedical sciences through clinical presentations. The Level 1 exam includes anatomy, behavioral science, biochemistry, microbiology, osteopathic principles and practice, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. COMLEX Level 2 is divided into two parts. The Cognitive Evaluation (CE) is an assessment of clinical competency which includes emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, osteopathic principles, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. The Performance Evaluation (PE) is an assessment of clinical skills. After graduation and during residency training, Rowan SOM students are required to take and pass the COMLEX Level 3 exam. Level 3 is designed to assess the osteopathic physician's ability to solve clinical problems and manage the care of patients as a physician. Rowan SOM COMLEX first-time pass rates (below) are based upon all students who took the particular Level in the entire year-long testing cycle.

COMLEX Pass Rates
(First Time)
Rowan SOM
National
Rowan SOM
National
Rowan SOM
National
COMLEX Level I
COMLEX Level II CE
COMLEX Level III
2010/11
91%
88%
86%
87%
89%
91%
2011/12
91%
92%
88%
87%
95%
95%
2012/13
88%
91%
91%
89%
94%
95%
2013/14
93%
92%
92%
92%
98%
96%
2014/15
95% 94% 92% 93% 89% 96%
2015/16
94%
92%
92%
92%
96%
96%
2016/17
95% 93% 94% 93% 95% 97%

Graduation Completion Rates: Below is a table indicating the five, six, and seven-year graduation rates for the entering classes 2006/7-20012/13. Graduation completion rates are reported annually, in accordance with the academic year calendar (June 30th).

  Graduation Completion Rate
Entering Class Number in Entering Class Expected Graduation 5 years 6 Years 7 Years
2006-2007
103
2010
97.1%
99%
99%
2007-2008
108
2011
91.6%
92.5%
92.5%
2008-2009
108
2012
97.2%
97.2%
97.2%
2009-2010
135
2013
93.3%
94.8%
95.6%
2010-2011
151
2014
94.7%
96%
96%
2011-2012
150
2015
92.7%
94%
2012-2013
162
2016
93.2%

Graduation completion rate is an adjusted percent based upon the number beginning minus trasfers to another medical program outside Rowan SOM. The beginning cohort includes students in dual degree programs; these (DO/JD, DO/MBA, DO/MPH, DO/PhD) take longer to complete than the DO program.

Post-Graduate Match & GME Placement

Rowan SOM medical students participate in either the osteopathic or allopathic residency match.

The AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program is a matching program that places students into osteopathic graduate medical education positions in the United States for the first postdoctoral year of training (OGME-1).

The Intern/Resident Registration Program (the "Match") is sponsored and supervised by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The Match is administered on behalf of the AOA by National Matching Services Inc. National Matching Services Inc. (NMS) specializes in the development and administration of Matching Programs. NMS was founded in 1985, after developing sophisticated matching algorithms and software for the placement of physicians into residencies in the US. Since then, NMS has implemented Matching Programs in a number of industries and professions, including health, education and law.

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME) in the United States. Rowan SOM medical students participate in either the osteopathic or allopathic residency match.

Rowan SOM GME Placement

The 2017 Rowan SOM graduates had a 99% percent match rate; 99 percent of the eligible members of the School of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2017 matched for placement in accredited post-graduate medical education programs. Click here for additional information about Rowan SOM students’ locations and specialties for the most recent match.

Further information regarding GME placement rates & detail about where Rowan SOM students Match:

 
Rowan SOM GME Placement Rates & Data 2011-2015
 
Overall
Placement Rate
% Placement
Osteopathic
(AOA GME)
% Placement
Allopathic
(ACGME GME)
% Placement
Military
% Placement
NJ Programs
% Placement
RowanSOM
OPTI of NJ
% Placement
2011
100%
44%
54%
2%
44%
24%
2012
100%
36%
62%
2%
41%
14%
2013
100%
49%
45%
6%
48%
30%
2014
100%
47%
49%
4%
51%
33%
2015
100%
57%
42%
1%
39%
22%
2016
100%
48%
49%
3%
43%
25%
2017
99%
49%
47%
2%
48%
24%

The charter class of the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine) graduated in 1981 with 21 members. Today, Rowan SOM graduates more than 150 doctors of osteopathic medicine each year and that number will climb to 162 beginning with the class of 2016. Based upon available data to date, a geographic profile of graduates reveals that RowanSOM graduates practice in at least three countries and throughout all fifty United States. Outside of New Jersey, the largest numbers of RowanSOM graduates practice in the states of Pennsylvania (10.34%), New York (7.10%), Florida (6.30%), North Carolina (2.57%), Maryland (2.26%), and Texas (2.02%). More than half of those alumni practicing in the state of New Jersey practice in primary care fields.

Below are some facts about the Alumni Association (Primary Care Fields: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, OMM):

Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni

TOTAL LIVING GRADUATES

2,332
Graduates, Classes of 1981-2010 (Total Graduates= 1857)

Initial Board Certification: Primary Care Fields
(n = 1,214 graduates)

686
56.51%

State of Licensure: New Jersey
(n = 1,162 graduates)

650
55.94%

State of Practice / Business: New Jersey
(n = 1,634 graduates)

717
43.88%

Practice Primary Care in New Jersey
(n = 717 graduates practicing in New Jersey)

403
56.20%

Competency Performance

The Rowan University School of Ostepathic Medicine's curriculum incorporates the Seven Competencies of the American Ostepathic Association. Students’ performance on course and clerkship exams and clinical evaluations are specifically linked to approved SOM competencies. ExamSoft provides longitudinal tracking of exam items tagged to RowanSOM competencies, by student and across the curriculum. A capstone Clinical Skills Competency Examination is required off all students at the end of the third year.  The OSCE measures student competence in history taking, physical exam, OMM and documentation and communication skills. The competency-bsaed curriculum is one of the first of any ostepathic medical schools to fully incorporate all Seven Competencies of the American Ostepathic Association.

 

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