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University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Established in 1884, the University of North Dakota includes 8 colleges. The School of Medicine at the University of North Dakota was opened in 1905. Until 1973, it offered only the first 2 years of medical education with arrangements made with other schools for the last 2 years of clinical training. The school emphasizes the training for providing primary care in a rural setting.


4-yearmodern.Thisschool’scurriculumfeaturesanearly introduction to clinical medicine, a patient-centered learning curriculum, and an emphasis on rural medicine. Blocks I-IV and Blocks V-VIII, each 40 weeks long, are the framework for the first and second years. Using the Patient-Centered Learning (PCL) format, small-group sessions are designed to facilitate the integration of the basic sciences with clinically relevant cases. The cases utilize a multidisciplinary approach to learning the basic sciences. The PCL sessions are supported by laboratory exercises, interactive question and answer sessions, demonstration, and concept-anchoring lectures. Students begin interacting with patients during the first semester of medical school. Skill development in patient communication and physical examination is stressed, as well as understanding ethical, socioeconomic, population, and statisticalissues.Studentstakesix8-weekclerkshipsduring the third year (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics), or they may complete the majority of the third year in a rural setting through the school’s Rural Opportunities in Medical Education (ROME) program. Students take 6 or more electives during the senior year as well as acting internships in medicine and in surgery.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The INMED (Indians-intoMedicine) program admits up to 7 fully qualified American Indian students to medical school each year. The Center for Rural Health serves both the school and rural communities throughout the state. Other degree programs: A combined MD-PhD program is offered.


The equivalent of 4 academic years or a minimum of 90 semester hours from an approved college is required for admission. Preference is given to applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree. Required coursework includes the basic premedical science courses and courses in college algebra, psychology or sociology, and English composition and literature. Students should be computer literate. The only out-of-state students admitted in recent years are through the minority program INMED (Indians-into-Medicine), through the Professional Exchange Program ofWICHE, or through the reciprocity agreement with the state of Minnesota.


The grading system is Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory. The student must satisfactorily complete all of the coursework in a given year before beginning the required courses for the next year. Teaching:TheschoolispartoftheNorthDakotaMedical Center. Courses in the first 2 years are taught in Grand Forks in the Medical Sciences North building that containsclassrooms,laboratories,administrativeoffices,and the library. Clinical teaching is coordinated through the 4 regional campuses in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, and Minot. Other: Community hospitals throughout the state are affiliated with the school as well as the VA Medical Center in Fargo, the USAF Hospitals in Grand Forks and Minot, and the PHS Hospitals and Clinics that are part of the Indian Health Service. Library: The Health Sciences Library houses more than 50,000 volumes and about 1000periodicals.Specializedbiomedicalresearchisconducted in the Edwin C. James Research Facility and the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center. Housing: A variety of on-campus housing is available.

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