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Performance Outcomes

By synthesizing national board performance data, graduation rates, and residency placement data, we are able to accurately track the success of our students. In an effort to ensure continued student success, pass rates, mean performance, school trends, and national benchmarks are monitored and analyzed to inform the institutional quality improvement processes. The aggregate performance data are shared with Deans and departmental leadership to target curricular improvement in support of our students.   

National Board Performance

The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) is the national examination for osteopathic physicians and each exam level is administered at different stages of medical training. COMLEX Level 1 is typically administered at the end of pre-clerkship training in medical school, COMLEX Level 2-CE during Clerkship training, and COMLEX Level 3 after medical school graduation and during residency. COMLEX Level 2-PE has been postponed indefinitely by the NBOME as of the 2020-21 cycle. For students attending osteopathic institutions, passing the three required examinations is necessary for attaining medial licensure as an osteopathic physician (D.O.).

COMLEX First Time Pass Rates

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

Year* Level 1 Level 2-CE Level 2-PE Level 3
  RowanSOM National RowanSOM National RowanSOM National RowanSOM National
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% 92% 99% 97%
2020 - 2021 94% 94% 96% 97% N/A N/A 98% 97%
2021 - 2022 91% 92% 96% 95% N/A N/A TBD TBD

 *RowanSOM performance is reported by student cohort, which may vary from reports provided directly by the NBOME due to students within one cohort testing in different testing cycles.

Graduation Rates

Below is a table indicating the four, five, six, and seven-year graduation rates for the entering classes 2013-2017. Some students, including those enrolled in dual degree programs (DO/JD, DO/MBA, DO/MPH, DO/MS, and DO/PhD) take longer to complete their studies. Graduation rates are reported annually, in accordance with the academic year calendar (June 30th).

Graduation Rates

Entering
Class
Entering Student
Cohort
Transfer
In
Transfer
Out
Final Student
Cohort
Dual
Degree
Four
Years
Five
Years
Six
Years
Seven
Years
2013
162
0
0
162
0
86.4%
91.4%
 92.6%
92.6% 
2014
162
1
0
163
0
79.1%
89%
91.4% 
91.4% 
2015
162
1
0
163
1 84.7%
 90.8%
93.9% 
 
2016
186
3
0
189
1 86.2%
 91.5%
 
 
2017
186
0
0
186
81.7%
 
 
 


Residency Placement Data

RowanSOM medical students participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), that matches students into graduate medical education (GME) positions in the United States for completion of their postdoctoral training. 

RowanSOM prepares future physicians who are committed to improving health in communities in New Jersey and throughout the nation and has consistently achieved high rates of student placement in accredited post-graduate medical education programs. RowanSOM continues to fulfill its mission of serving the state by graduating students that largely place into NJ residencies, and who meet the primary and specialty care needs of its communities. 

Residency Placement

Match Year Overall
Placement Rate 
Osteopathic
(AOA Residency)
Placement*
Allopathic
(ACGME Residency)
Placement
Military
Placement
NJ Programs
Placement
RowanSOM OPTI of NJ
Placement*
2018 99% 36% 61% 2% 45% 33%
2019 99% 27% 71% 1% 38% 25%
2020 100% - 99% 1% 42% -
2021 99% - 97% 2% 47% -
2022 99% - 98% 2% 50% -

*As of 2020, all American Osteopathic Association (AOA) GME programs have been converted to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation and the RowanSOM Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI) of NJ has been disbanded.

See more information regarding RowanSOM students' locations and specialties for the most recent match! 

View 2022 Match Results