U.S. Department of Education
|In October 1997 the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) first determined that the accreditation standards used by the Dominican Republic to evaluate medical education programs leading to the M.D. or equivalent degree were comparable to standards of accreditation used to evaluate medical education in the United States. |
The NCFMEA reaffirmed its prior determination of comparability in October 2012 after requesting additional information from the country regarding various issues of concern, including: collection and analysis of outcome measures, and data regarding student retention. At that time, the NCFMEA also requested that the Dominican Republic submit an update report for review at the Spring 2014 meeting. The country's report on its activities and student outcomes data is the subject of this analysis.
|Summary of Findings|
|Please provide all data on USMLE performance of U.S. students and residency placement.|
|The Dominican Republic has twelve Schools of Medicine; eleven of them provided information regarding USMLE passing rate for their American students and graduates and residency placement for their American graduates. Schools report that the data was collected from the National Resident Matching Program Institutional Reports, ECFMG Portal, institutional surveys and Schools databases.|
The Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago, UTESA´s report includes its two Schools of Medicine.
The Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, UASD, was not able to submit its report before the deadline and its pending.
The report is presented by School, and includes a technical note (Exhibit A) that was submitted by MESCYT to the schools with the data that needed to be collected, as requested by the NCFMEA.
Each school reported:
• Number of students and graduates for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014.
• Residency placement of US graduates during the years 2012, 2013, and 2014 (as reported by the National Resident Matching Program).
• Residency placement of Non-US graduates during the years 2012, 2013, and 2014 (as reported by the National Resident Matching Program).
• USMLE passing rate of US students and graduates who took the exam during the years 2012, 2013, 2014.
• USMLE passing rate of Non-US students and graduates who took the exam during the years 2012, 2013, 2014.
• List of US graduates who entered into a residency program during the years 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Exhibits (1 to 10) include USMLE and Residency Placement Reports for each school and lists of US graduates who entered residency programs.
|Analyst Remarks to Narrative|
|The Country provided documentation on the residency placement and USMLE pass rate data for American students as requested by the NCFMEA. The data submitted are in charts for 11 of the 12 schools. However, the Dominican Republic did not provide this data for the University of Autonoma de Santo Domingo, UASD. The Country has reported the sources of data from the school data bases, the National Resident Matching Program Institutional Reports, institutional surveys, etc. The country should provide additional information explaining when residency placement and USMLE data will be available for the UASD, and when that data could be provided for the NCFMEA.|
|The Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) has submitted residency placement data fort the years 2012 to 2015. USMLE performance data is still not available. The School has informed that the data will be available in the next weeks.|
|Analyst Remarks to Response|
|The Country provided documentation on the residency placement data for the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), but still has not provided the (USMLE) performance data. The country indicated that the requested data is still not available from the UASD. This matter will be reviewed further and discussed at the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) meeting.|
|Staff Conclusion: Additional Information requested|