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Farmington, CT 06030

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

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Introduction

The University of Connecticut has been in existence since 1881. The School of Medicine was activated in 1968 and together with the School of Dental Medicine research facilities and the University Hospital and Ambulatory Unit forms the University of Connecticut Health Center. The campus is located on 162 wooded acres, 7 miles west of Hartford in scenic Farmington. Boston and New York are each about 2 hours away.

Academics

4-year modern. It consists of 3 phases: Phase 1: Extends for 2 years. The didactic portion requires 20 hours per week devoted to the basic concepts and facts of medicine. It will involve lectures, laboratories, and seminars. Problem-based learning sessions will lead to an understanding of the material in a clinical context. Areas to be covered include: human system, human development in its environment, mechanism of disease, student practice, introduction to clinical medicine, Elective 1, and practical clinical experiences. Phase 2: Extends over 1 year. It is divided into 3 months of required experiences, 2 months of selectives, and 6 months of electives.Astudent practice preceptorship extends over the entire 4 years. This curriculum is characterized by early clinical exposure, integrated and interdisciplinary relationships in the basic sciences and between the basic sciences and clinical disciplines, and clinical experiences in ambulatory and hospital settings. This approach is aimed at preparing professionals entering the evolving new health care system. The principal goal is to provide a fund of knowledge that will enable students to pursue postgraduate training needed in their future careers. By attaining basic competency, the graduate will ultimately be able to provide high-quality, cost-effective clinical care.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school actively recruits disadvantaged applicants by visits to area institutions and participation in informational programs. The Medical/Dental Preparatory Program is an 8-week summer program that simulates the first year of basic medical sciences. Minority enrollment has averaged 15% or more in recent years. Other degree programs: MDPhD programs are offered in a variety of disciplines including molecular biology and immunology.

Admissions

Required courses include the basic premedical sciences. Applicants must demonstrate facility in quantitative and communicative skills. The faculty believes a broad liberal arts education provides the best preparation for those entering the medical profession. Strong preference is given to residents. Transfer and advanced standing: Third-year U.S. medical school transfers only.

Students

A Pass/Fail system is used, with Honors/Pass/Fail in the third year. Students must pass Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE. Teaching: Students obtain most of their clinical experience in hospitals in the greater Hartford area and at the John Dempsey Hospital at the Health Center. The Health Center is a member of a consortium of hospitals that seeks to strengthen health education programs and improve patient care. Ten health care institutions are affiliated, and 11 are allied with the Health Center. Library: Lyman Maynard Stowe Library is centrally located in the Health Sciences Center. Housing: Provision for both single and married student housing is coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs.


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