The University of Toledo’s medical school continues to improve its student experience, recently earning the highest graduate satisfaction rating score in at least 15 years.
The Association of American Medical Colleges surveys fourth-year medical students annually about their collegiate experience just before graduation.
This year, 92.6% of students participating in the survey reported being satisfied with their overall experience at UToledo, putting the program’s graduate satisfaction rating just outside the top quarter of all U.S. medical schools.
UToledo’s satisfaction rate on the AAMC’s graduation questionnaire has improved in each of the last three years.
“The improvement in student satisfaction is undoubtedly related to the tremendous work our faculty and staff have put in to reimagine the pre-clinical and clinical educational experience, and to provide high levels of service to meet our students’ needs,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and Distinguished University Professor.
The College of Medicine and Life Sciences implemented a major curriculum reboot beginning with the class of 2021 that emphasized a competency-based curriculum with early clinical experience. The most recent AAMC survey captures the sentiment from the third class to graduate under that new curriculum.
Members of that class went on to match into 21 medical specialties in programs across 28 states, including Harvard, Yale, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Duke, UCLA and Case Western.
“We’ve done a lot of work to ensure our students have an improved educational infrastructure and I think it’s paying off,” Cooper said. “It takes a while to implement such a large change, but we’re now seeing the positive results of all that effort. We are a very good medical school that is on the rise.”
Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked UToledo among the nation’s best medical schools for both primary care education and research. It was the second straight year UToledo was nationally ranked in primary care education and the first time the program was nationally ranked for research.
UToledo welcomed a new class of 175 medical students earlier this month.