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University of Michigan Medical School

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Introduction

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.

Academics

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.

Unique Programs

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.

Admissions

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.

Students

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 facilities available.


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