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University of Mississippi School of Medicine

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Introduction

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.

Academics

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.

Unique Programs

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.

Admissions

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.

Students

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.


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