By Alex Lang
The Dominion Post
MORGANTOWN -- WVU School of Medicine Dean Art Ross put Health Sciences Chancellor Christopher Colenda on the spot during a ceremony when he asked if Colenda -- in his more than 10 years as a health education administrator -- had ever witnessed the accomplishment being celebrated.
Colenda strode to the podium, took a deep breath and uttered a resounding, "No."
He had never seen what the class accomplished -- that each member passed the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 exam on the first try. There are 85 members of the 2014 class.
Ross said it's not rare for individuals to pass the test. In fact, roughly 90 percent of everyone who takes the test passes. But it is rare to see an entire class pass it on the first attempt.
Comparing the accomplishment to the sports world, he said what the class accomplished is like a pitcher throwing back-to-back perfect games or a team going undefeated throughout a Big 12 season.
"When it happens, it's really worth celebrating," Ross said.
Class President Masih Ahmed said the entire class is proud of the accomplishment. He added they are a very close group of students.