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Academic Excellence and Measures of Success

RowanSOM Competencies

The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine's curriculum incorporates the Seven Competencies of the American Osteopathic 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 of 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-based curriculum is one of the first of any osteopathic medical schools to fully incorporate all Seven Competencies of the American Osteopathic Association.

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National Testing Data

Performance on national exams, including osteopathic self-assessment examinations (COMSAE), subject exams (COMAT), and osteopathic licensure examinations (COMLEX 1, COMLEX 2-CE, COMLEX 2-PE, and COMLEX 3) 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.

Comprehensive Exams

All RowanSOM students are required to take and pass the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) Levels 1, 2-CE, and 2-PE before graduation. Level 1 is designed to assess the application of the biomedical sciences through clinical presentations. 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, RowanSOM 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.

COMLEX Pass Rates

Below is a table indicating the COMLEX pass rates, based upon all RowanSOM students, by Level, in the year-long testing cycle.

  SOM National SOM National SOM National SOM National
2010 - 2011 91% 88% 86% 87% 96% 96% 89% 91%
2011 - 2012 91% 92% 89% 87% 94% 95% 95% 95%
2012 - 2013 88% 91% 92% 89% 97% 94% 94% 95%
2013 - 2014 93% 92% 92% 92% 95% 93% 98% 96%
2014 - 2015 95% 94% 92% 93% 95% 92% 89% 96%
2015 - 2016 94% 92% 92% 92% 95% 93% 96% 96%
2016 - 2017 95% 93% 94% 93% 98% 93% 95% 97%
2017 - 2018 94% 96% 89% 93% 96% 93% 93% 95%
2018 - 2019 97% 93% 94% 96% 99% 93% 95% 97%
2019 - 2020* 97% 94% 97% 97% 96% TBA TBA TBA

 *AY 2019-2020 pass rates as of 2/7/2020.

Graduation and Residency Placement Data

RowanSOM 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.