The University of Mississippi School of Medicine,
located in Jackson, is part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.The Medical Center also includes
Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Health-Related Professions, Graduate Studies in the Medical Sciences, and
the University Hospitals and Clinics. The School of
Medicine opened in 1903 and operated as a 2-year institution until 1955 when it expanded to a 4-year program
and relocated in Jackson.
4-year traditional. First year: Introductory basic
sciences plus psychiatry and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Second year: Advanced basic sciences as well as
courses in parasitology, genetics, psychiatry, epidemiology, and biostatistics, all of which are covered in the first
2 quarters. The third quarter is devoted to multidepartmentalintroductiontoclinicalmedicine,whichprovides
classroom instruction in history taking and physical
examination. This is supplemented by weekly tutorial
sessions conducted by members of the faculty and is correlated with instruction in clinical laboratory diagnosis.
Third year: Rotating clerkships in major clinical specialties as well as in family medicine and radiology.
Fourth year: Consists of 9 required calendar-month
blocks of clinical subjects. One block must come from
2 of the 3 major clinical specialties. Two courses must
be taken in an ambulatory setting and 1 block in neuroscience, medicine, and surgery is required. The goal of
the curriculum is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire a knowledge base, clinical skills, and
personal qualities desirable for a practitioner.
Minority admissions: The school has a strong commitment to enrolling and retaining minority and/or
disadvantaged students. Its efforts are coordinated by
its Division of Multicultural Affairs. It offers a 9-week
preparatory reinforcement and enrichment program
and a preentry summer program for accepted minority
students. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD
programs are offered in the basic sciences and preventive medicine and a postbaccalaureate Professional
Portal Track program offers an MS degree.
In addition to the basic premedical sciences, required
courses include 1 year of mathematics, 1 year of
English, and 1 of advanced science. High priority is
given to state residents. Transfers and advanced standing: Applications are considered from those who are in
good standing at their previous school.
A numerical grading system is used. Students must
achieve not less than 70 in each course and a weighted
average of not less than 75 each year. Students must
record scores in specific individual exams of Steps 1
and 2 of the USMLE.
Teaching: The school is part of the University of MississippiMedicalCenter,whichoccupiesa164-acretract
of land in the heart of the capital city. The 722-bed University Hospitals and Clinics serve as the principal
clinical teaching facility. It includes ambulatory clinics
at the Jackson Medical Mall, the University Medical
Pavilion, the University Hospital, the Blair E. Batson
Hospital for Children, theWinfred L.Wiser Hospital for
Women and Infants, and the Wallace Conerly Hospital
for Critical Care. The G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Jackson, with 136
general patient beds and a 120-bed nursing home, is the
principal teaching affiliate for Medical Center educational programs. The McBryde Rehabilitation Center
for the Blind adjoins the University Hospital, as does
the Mississippi Methodist Hospital and Rehabilitation
Center. Library: The Rowland Medical Library is a part
of the Verner Smith Holmes Learning Resource Center.
It contains more than 307,115 items and receives 2368
current periodicals and serial publications.