St. George’s University’s First-Time Takers Outscore US and Canadian Students on 2011 USMLE 1

Medical students from St. George’s University have once more excelled on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1.

St. George’s University students who took the USMLE 1 for the first time in 2011 achieved a 95% pass rate. These students have come to SGU from 34 countries and over 20 models of education. The first-time taker pass rate posted on the USMLE website for students at US and Canadian schools for this same period is 94%. It is interesting to note that SGU’s US and Canadian students who took this examination for the first time in 2011 achieved a 96% pass rate.

“The USMLE Step 1 success reflects not only the quality of education that the University and its faculty provide, but also the caliber of individuals who make up our student body,” said Chancellor Charles Modica of St. George’s University. “They have demonstrated tremendous drive to becoming highly successful doctors and St. George’s is committed to providing all the resources they need to reach that goal.”

SGU’s 2011 USMLE Step 1 performance was an improvement on the already impressive results from 2010, a year in which SGU’s US and Canadian first-time test takers on the USMLE Step 1 also outperformed US and Canadian schools with a 94%, and SGU’s all first-time takers from 49 countries matched the first time taker pass rate for students at US and Canadian schools of 92%.

“The students’ achievement on the USMLE Step 1 results from exemplary dedication to their medical studies, the excellence of our Academic Enhancement Model of curriculum delivery, and the dedication of the faculty,” said Margaret Lambert, Dean of Enrolment Planning.

Designed to measure basic science knowledge, the USMLE Step 1 is comprised of more than 300 multiple-choice questions on topics ranging from the biology of cells and human development to the central nervous, musculoskeletal and endocrine systems, among others. A passing score on all three parts of the USMLE is required to practice medicine in the US.

Published on 7/02/12