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University of Kansas School of Medicine

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The University of Kansas opened in 1866. In 1899 a 1year preparatory course for medical school was initiated. Students who completed the course then transferred to other medical schools. In 1906 clinical training began at Bell Memorial Hospital and graduating with a medical degree became possible. In 1924 the medical school and hospital expanded and moved to its present location. The Medical Center now consists of schools of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health, and Office of Graduate Studies.


4-year semimodern. The curriculum integrates normal human structure and function with alterations caused by disease. Clinical experiences that are provided during all 4 years reinforce the biomedical sciences. They also provide students with an opportunity to learn the essential principles of patient assessment, preventive and behavioral medicine, and medical ethics. Training is provided in community and ambulatory settings including rural sites.Among the teaching methods used are case-based instruction and small-group and computer-assisted learning. A generalist approach is used that emphasizes the evaluation of patients with differentiated problems. First year: Focuses on the introductory basic sciences using an organ system approach. After a presentation of cellular and molecular biology, the other three 4-week segments of the first semester are devoted to the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems. The 4 segments of the second semester are devoted to the gastrointestinal and endocrine system as well as neuroscience. An Introduction to Clinical Medicine course extends throughout the year. Second year: Devoted to disease pathogenesis, pathogenic agents, pharmacotherapeutics, and subjects covering the advanced basic sciences. The Introduction to Clinical Medicine extends throughout the year. Third year: Provides for basic experience by means of rotations through major clinical sciences as well as ambulatory medicine and geriatrics. Fourth year: Consists of a subinternship, rural preceptorship, ambulatory specialties, and public health, as well as 16 weeks of electives.

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Minority admissions: An active recruitment program exists. Other degree programs: A combined MD-PhD program is offered in a variety of disciplines.


The school requires a bachelor’s degree and minimum premedical science courses. One semester of collegelevelmathematicsand1yearofEnglisharealsorequired. The school is a state-supported institution. Preference is given to residents, but nonresidents are accepted. Transfer and advanced standing: If vacancies exist, candidates for the third-year class are considered from other U.S. medical schools. Applicants must be Kansas residents currently enrolled and in good standing.


A passing total score is required on Step 1 of the USMLE for promotion to the third year and on Step 2 for graduation.There is a 5-level grading system: Superior/High Satisfactory/Satisfactory/Low Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory. Teaching: The school is part of the university’s Medical Center. Orr-Major Hall provides classrooms and labs for teaching basic science courses as well as space for individual research and departmental offices. The University Hospital provides facilities used in clinical training. Library: Dykes Medical Library contains more than 110,000 volumes. Housing: There is no oncampus housing.

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