TCOM Class of 2019 board exam scores highest in nation

August 15, 2018

By Alex Branch

2019 Web
 
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2019 earned the highest score in the United States on a national board exam for future osteopathic doctors.

The students’ mean test score of 592.93 was well above the national mean of 557.81 on the COMLEX-USA Level 1 Exam administered by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. The students also achieved a 99.1 percent pass rate.

The Class of 2019 has 223 students, now in their 4thyear of medical school.

“These students set very high goals for themselves, and their performance on the board exam is proof of their talent hard work and preparation,” said Dr. Frank Filipetto, DO, FACOFP, Interim Dean of TCOM. “It also speaks to the high caliber of our curriculum, our faculty, our staff and everyone who contributes to make TCOM one of the best programs in the country.”

Class of 2019 students have said they decided during their first year of medical school to create a supportive community. That meant sharing class notes and directing classmates toward helpful resources rather than viewing each other as competitors.

“From our perspective, medicine is about coming together to improve the lives of the people we serve,” said David Schulze, Class of 2019 President.

Students also credited TCOM faculty members for a willingness to listen to students’ suggestions, such as providing more practice questions before exams, allowing students to video record power point presentations and providing more cumulative feedback on exam performances.

“I’m so proud for TCOM to receive this recognition,” said Charles Taylor, PharmD, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Being ranked first in the country for National Board Performance is a fantastic accomplishment and a wonderful testament to our outstanding students, faculty and staff.”

Diana Cervantes. Assistant Professor Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Dr. Diana Cervantes named among Fort Worth’s ‘most influential’ for public health service during the pandemic

By Sally Crocker Dr. Diana Cervantes has spent the last year keeping people informed and updated on all things coronavirus, and now she’s being recognized as one of Fort Worth Inc.’s “400 Most Influential People” for helping protect the community’s health during the pandemic. Dr....Read more

Jun 8, 2021

Opal Lee photo by Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Celebrating Juneteenth

By Diane Smith-Pinckney On June 19 1865, Major General Gordan Granger marched into Galveston with a critical message: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”  This was the opening se...Read more

Jun 8, 2021

Dr. Scott Walters
The realities of ‘breaking bad’ and how one HSC researcher is attacking the opioid crisis

By Sally Crocker He didn’t know it at the time, but when Dr. Scott Walters was growing up in San Diego in the mid 1980s, a next-door neighbor was concealing a homemade meth lab just across the fence and mere steps away from his bedroom window. For quite some time, concerned parents in his fa...Read more

Jun 8, 2021

MET Building at UNTHSC
HSC Health Diabetes Education Service Merits ADA Recognition

The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) service was recently awarded to the HSC Health Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program. ADA believes that this service offers high...Read more

Jun 8, 2021