The Wayne State University School of Medicine was
established in 1868. It is associated with the Detroit
Medical Center, which contains 6 health care institutions. It is located in the northcentral area of Detroit.
The facilities of the School of Medicine are relatively
modern, having been completed in the last 25 years.
4-year semi-modern. First year: Begins with an introductory clinical course, which runs through all four
years, including Introduction to the Patient, human sexuality, medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, public
health and prevention, and evidence-based medicine.
Year 1 is organized around the disciplines of structure
(anatomy, histology, embryology, and radiology), function (biochemistry, physiology, genetics, and nutrition),
and ends with an integrated neuroscience course. Second year: A completely integrated year focusing on
pathophysiology, including immunology/microbiology
and pharmacology. Third year: Consists of a series of
clinical clerkships including medicine, surgery, pediatrics, family medicine, psychiatry, neurology, and
obstetrics/gynecology. During the third year all students
have a 6-month continuity clerkship. Fourth year: This
is an elective year and includes emergency medicine, a
subinternship, and an ambulatory block month. The
school uses traditional lectures, small group and panel
discussions, computer assisted instruction, and multimedia in its teaching program.
Minority admissions: The school’s Office of Recruitment is actively engaged in furthering minority-student
enrollment. Entering students can participate in a summer program designed to facilitate the transition to
medical school. Other degree programs: Combined
MD-PhD degree programs are offered in a variety of
basic science disciplines.
Applicants should have taken the basic premedical
courses plus a biology course and 1 year of English. The
school does consider nonresidents for admission but
state residents, as defined by university regulations, are
given preference. In addition to residency, selection is
based on the standard considerations, namely, college
record, MCAT scores, recommendations/evaluations,
and interview results. Transfer and advanced standing:
Applicants from U.S. or Canadian schools will be considered for second- and third-year classes.
System used is Honors/Pass/Fail. In order to qualify for
promotion to the next class, a student must demonstrate
competency on all subject examinations. All students
will be required to pass Step 1 of the USMLE in order
to be promoted into the third year.
Teaching: The School of Medicine is located in the
heart of the 236-acre Detroit Medical Center. Gordon
Scott Hall houses the school’s basic science departments, as well as administrative and service offices.
Clinical teaching takes place at the Harper Hospital
(557 beds), Children’s Hospital (320 beds), Grace Hospital (957 beds), Hutzel Hospital (360 beds). Other:
Clinical teaching also takes place off campus at the
Detroit Receiving Hospital (700 beds) and VA Hospital (890 beds). Library: Shiffman Medical Library
houses more than 150,000 volumes. Housing: Available in the campus area.