The UNC School of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools per the latest American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Graduate Questionnaire results. UNC-Chapel Hill medical degree graduates who completed the questionnaire reported high levels of student satisfaction, preparedness for residency and graduation, and satisfaction with the school’s efforts to nurture their development as physicians, and more.
“These annual AAMC benchmarking data are incredibly helpful to understand how our medical school compares with other medical schools across the country. I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments, and I want to thank our entire Office of Medical Student Education team and everyone who teaches and trains our medical students,” said Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Jen Wu.
Overall, more than half of the 2023 graduates completed the survey. Notable successes from survey respondents include:
- Graduate satisfaction with medical education is high, with the UNC School of Medicine achieving a 96% satisfaction rate compared to the national average of 89%.
- Among respondents, 99% reported that they were ready for residency upon graduation. This is above the national average of 94%.
- The UNC School of Medicine scored higher than the national average – 89% to 83% respectively – for making basic science information relevant to clinical care.
- Respondents also positively rated faculty professionalism, including faculty demonstrating respect for patient confidentiality, being respectful of house staff and other physicians, actively listening and showing an interest in patients, respecting diversity, and more.
Curriculum reforms and other efforts, such as the construction of Roper Hall as well as increases in strategic hires post-pandemic, helped boost 2023 responses and are expected to continue to improve responses for future graduates.
The School of Medicine also improved its ratings for support for women and students identifying as members of underrepresented communities, and improved its ratings for school administration, support and services. The medical school has also been focused on promoting a positive learning environment. Rates of mistreatment have decreased steadily over the last several years and are low compared to other medical schools in the country.
With the planned increases in medical student class size, the Office of Medical Student Education is working with UNC Health to identify opportunities for students to gain experience and training across sites in North Carolina.