McGovern Medical School mission and metrics
The mission of McGovern Medical School is to educate a diverse body of future physicians and biomedical scientists for a career dedicated to the highest ideals of their profession; to provide outstanding patient-centered care; and to conduct innovative research that benefits the health and well-being of the population of Texas and beyond.
The M.D. program uses comprehensive measures and processes to evaluate student achievement. These include student performance on United States Medical Licensure Examinations (USMLE) Step I, Step II Clinical Knowledge and Step II Clinical Skills; student advancement and graduation rates; National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) results; and an assessment of graduate performance during their first?year of residency. All of these measures directly reflect the school’s mission.
Each year, MMS reports USMLE results for students and alumni. The criteria for success that were established are that 96 percent of students will pass USMLE Step I on the first attempt, 98 percent of students will pass USMLE Step II Clinical Knowledge on the first attempt, and 98 percent of students will pass USMLE Step II Clinical Skills on the first attempt. The criteria for success has remained since 2013 for a steady comparison from the previous curriculum and the new curriculum which began with the entering class in 2016. The criteria for success will be revisited when the first-class of graduates from the new curriculum graduate in May 2020. The last five years’ pass rates on the first attempt are detailed below. UTHealth considers the success of medical students on the licensure exam to be a vital indicator of student achievement. USMLE data from 2013? 2019 is presented in Table 8.1.m.
McGovern Medical School Licensure Pass Rate (%)
Compared to the National Pass Rate for First Time Takers of the Exam
1 Years for Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills are July through June and correspond to that year’s graduating class; Step 1 is reported by calendar year.
Each year, MMS students graduate having earned the medical degree (MD). After examining national and MMS trends, the faculty of the medical school, presented by the Continuous Accreditation Review and Quality Improvement Subcommittee (CARQI) and approved by the Curriculum Committee, have determined the threshold for this outcome to have a graduation rate of MD-only in four years to be at or greater than X% and the achievement goal for this outcome to have a graduation rate of MD-only in four years to be at or greater than X%. Nationally, statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) show the national average for the four-year graduation rate between matriculation year 1994-1995 through matriculation year 2013-2014 had a range of 81.6%-84.1% [exhibit]. MMS measures the four-year rate of the MD program. The table below demonstrates the graduation data for the MMS MD program.
McGovern Medical School Graduation
Disaggregated by Race/Ethnicity and Gender
Graduation Years 2015-2019
Total Females 102 (42.5%)
Total Males 138 (57.5%)
Total Females 111 (46.3%)
Total Males 129 (53.7%)
Total Females 107 (44.6%)
Total Males 133 (55.4%)
Total Females 90 (37.5%)
Total Males 150 (62.5%)
Total Females 111 (46.3%)
Total Males 129 (53.7%)
MMS graduating medical students are matched into residency programs via the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). After examining national and MMS trends, the faculty of the medical school, presented by the Continuous Accreditation Review and Quality Improvement Subcommittee (CARQI) and approved by the Curriculum Committee, have determined the threshold for this outcome to be a match rate of X% and the achievement goal for this outcome to be a match rate to be X%. The table below demonstrates the match rate for MMS and nationally as reported by NRMP. Of MMS students participating in the 2019 National Residency Match, 98% percent matched to residency programs and only five students remained unmatched to a program by the end of the SOAP process.
Percentage of McGovern Medical School Graduates/U.S. Allopathic Seniors
Matching in National Residency Match,
The Office of Educational Programs sends an annual survey to residency program directors to assess the performance of all graduates as Postgraduate Year 1 residents (PG?1). The faculty of the medical school, presented by the Continuous Accreditation Review and Quality Improvement Subcommittee (CARQI) and approved by the Curriculum Committee, have determined, PG-1 residents who graduated from MMS, compared to all other interns ever accepted into the program, to have a threshold of at least X percent in the Upper 1/3 and the achievement goal to be greater than X percent in the upper 1/3. In 2018, respondents of the survey reported PG-1 residents who graduated from MMS, compared to all other interns ever accepted into the program, were in the Upper 1/3 at 52.03% and Middle 1/3 at 40.54% in terms of knowledge, skill, and attitudes [exhibit]. The 2019 responses were similar with the Upper 1/3 at 50.52% and the Middle 1/3 at 42.71% [exhibit].
Program Director Survey of PG-1 Residents
M.S. in Clinical Research Program
The M.S. program is designed to allow fellows and faculty flexibility to complete the requirements, based on the competing clinical teaching or the administrative responsibilities required by their Division chief or department chairman. depending on these responsibilities, it is likely that some students will require more than five years to complete their degree.
Completion data on five-year cohort in M.S. program ≥ 2 years
Time to Degree
M.S. in Clinical Research
Graduation Rates for M.S. in Clinical Research, Disaggregated by Race/Ethnicity and Gender
Students in the M.S. program hold advanced degrees and in many cases have secured faculty positions in universities or hospitals. The involved physicians who make up the great majority of M.S. in Clinical Research students have already met state medical licensing requirements.