The University of Michigan Medical School is located
in the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann
Arbor along with the University of Michigan hospitals.
Its origin can be traced back to the establishment of the
university in 1817. The first class graduated in 1851.
The beginning of the modern Medical School came in
1869 when it replaced the proprietary school. The quality of the new school was already praised in the famous
Flexner Report.The University Hospital, the most modern in the world at that time, was opened up in 1925.
The school is located on an 84-acre campus and provides large city facilities with a small city atmosphere.
4-year semimodern. First year: Provides a foundation
in the basic biomedical sciences. It consists of 2 units,
namely, Introduction to the Patient and Multidisciplinary Conferences, which extends throughout the year.
During the fall term, gross anatomy and pathology are
covered, and in the winter term, embryology, histology,
host defense, microbiology, pharmacology and physiology are presented. Second year: Organized into 12
organ system and disease-based sequences, taught in an
integrated multidisciplinary manner. Third year: Consists of four 12-week blocks, that are spent on required
major clerkships plus medicine and neurology. Fourth
year: Consists of eleven 4-week periods. Students are
encouraged to pursue fields of personal interest.
Minority admissions: The school has an active minority-student recruitment program. Some scholarships
for underrepresented minority students are available.
Other degree programs: School offers combination
MD-PhD programs in a variety of disciplines including human genetics.
In addition to the basic premedical science courses plus
biochemistry, 6 credits of English and 18 credits of nonscience subjects are required. A biochemistry course is
also required. Advanced courses in biology and/or
chemistry are recommended. Preference is given to residents, but a significant number of nonresidents are
admitted. Thirty-five highly qualified high school
graduates who have been accepted by the University of
Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts
will be admitted to the 8-year Integrated PremedicalMedical Program. They earn their BA degree after the
fourth year. Transfer and advanced standing: None.
The first year is Pass/Fail only; in the second, third, and
fourth years, a modified system comprised of Honors,
High Pass, Pass, and Fail. Clinical clerkship grades are
usually accompanied by a narrative description of student performance. Students are required to pass Step 1
of the USMLE for promotion to the third year, and are
required to pass Step 2 for graduation.
Teaching: Basic sciences are taught in Medical Sciences Buildings Unit I and II in the Medical Center.
Clinical instruction takes place at the University Hospitals (888 beds) supplemented by the use of St. Joseph
Mercy Hospital (522 beds) and the VA Hospital (486
beds). The University Hospital was opened in 1986.
Other: Medical Center includes: Simpson Memorial
Institute devoted to cancer research and diseases of the
blood; 3 Kresge buildings for clinical research; and the
Buhl Research Center for Human Genetics. Two new
Medical Sciences Research Buildings were opened in
1986 and 1988 and a third in 1994. Library: The A.
Alfred Taubman Medical Library houses more than
200,000 volumes and 3000 periodicals; the Learning
Resource Center is housed in the library building and
includes computers, laser printers, and an extensive
audiovisual collection for student use. Housing: Some