In 1886 a charter was granted for the establishment of
the Western Pennsylvania Medical College. In 1892
this school became affiliated with the Western
University of Pennsylvania, which later became the
University of Pittsburgh. The School of Medicine is
located in the Oakland district of Pittsburgh and has
extensive research facilities.
4-year semimodern. The curriculum emphasizes general principles and self-learning based on actual cases.
First and second years: A multidisciplinary approach
organized by organ will be used. Its aim is to develop
communication and problem-solving skills; learning
will be in small groups, rather than in large lectures.
The curriculum will mainstream social, cultural, and
ethical issues, and introduce the student to clinical
medicine. Third year: Covers the major clinical specialties in the form of clerkships as well as ambulatory
subspecialties. Fourth year: Consists of 4 to 8 electives
and a required subinternship. All fourth-year students
rotate through both neurology and diagnostic imaging
clerkships. Some also rotate through anesthesia.
Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitment program and offers an 8-week Summer Research
Program for undergraduate college minority students.
Other degree programs: Students selected for academic promise will be admitted to joint MD-PhD study
programs in a variety of disciplines including biomedical engineering, epidemiology, and pathology. Also
offered is a joint MD-MA Ethics degree.
Applicants must have completed the basic premedical
science courses including 1 year of English composition. Courses in the behavioral sciences, biostatistics,
calculus, computer sciences, humanities and social sciences are recommended. Preference is given to
residents. Gaining a background in the social and
behavioral sciences and humanities is encouraged. In
the evaluation process, consideration is given to the
applicant’s academic record, MCAT performance, preprofessional evaluations, faculty recommendations,
extracurricular undergraduate activities, and personal
interview. Various personal characteristics such as
integrity and motivation are considered. Preference is
given to Pennsylvania residents, since the University
of Pittsburgh is a state-supported school. Transfer and
advanced standing: Transfer students are considered
when vacancies occur.
Students are graded on the basis of their practical
work and oral and written examinations. The system
used is Honors/Pass/Fail. Students must record total
passing scores on Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE
Teaching: All of the teaching in the basic science areas
is conducted in the 12-storyAlan Magee Scaife Hall of
the Health Professions. The office and research space
of the basic science departments and some of the clinical departments are also located there. Clinical
teaching is conducted in the Health Center Hospitals as
well as in hospitals in other parts of the city. The
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is a part of the
university. The University Health Center at Pittsburgh
is composed of 5 hospitals and the university. Library:
The Maurice and Laura Falk Library of the Health
Professions is the main library. It has approximately
175,000 volumes and receives more than 2000 periodicals; there are 8 other libraries in which students have
full privileges. Housing: No on-campus housing is