MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Medicine’s senior class recently displayed its superior understanding of clinical knowledge.

Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs Norman Ferrari, M.D., said the Class of 2013 posted a 100-percent first-time pass rate on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge).

“This marks the third year in a row for our seniors to have such excellent results,” said Dr. Ferrari, who is also chair of the Department of Medical Education. “We are so proud of the Class of 2013.”

“This is really terrific news. To have any given class have a 100 percent pass rate is worth celebrating, but to have it occur three years in a row is simply amazing,” WVU School of Medicine Dean Arthur J. Ross, III, M.D., M.B.A., said. “I believe this reflects the outstanding learning environment our clinical faculty has created for our students as well as the impressive dedication our students have towards becoming fine physicians.”

According to the USMLE website, the three-step examination for medical licensure assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts and principles. The test also requires physicians to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.

Step 2 assesses whether medical students can apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical science essential for providing patient care under supervision and includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Examination committees composed of faculty members, teachers, investigators and clinicians prepare the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge multiple-choice questions.

“Our faculty is very dedicated to providing our students with the most cutting-edge educational opportunities, and our students respond by working hard,” Ferrari added. “They know that having a strong core knowledge is the foundation to developing the clinical skills necessary to become an excellent physician.”
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