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.
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.
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.
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.