The University of Utah School of Medicine is part of
the University of Utah Health Sciences Center along
with the University of Utah Hospital, the College of
Pharmacy, the College of Nursing and Health, and the
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. The School
of Medicine was originally founded as a 2-year school
in 1905, and expanded to a 4-year program in 1943.
4-year semitraditional. First and second years: These
2 years focus on establishing a strong foundation in the
basic sciences. Courses are offered dealing with healthcare financing and delivery, community and public
health, research methadology and medical literature
analysis, biostatistics, and epidemiology. There is
in-depth coverage of patient evaluation skills.
Problem-based learning sessions are utilized in many
courses and standardized patients are employed to
enhance clinical skills training. Web-based learning
tools have been developed for many courses. Third
year: Consists of clerkships in the standard major clinical areas of training. Fourth year: Consists of a
subinternship and a neurology clerkship, as well as
public health and medical ethics courses and electives
in areas of the individual student’s personal interest.
Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitment program and is prepared to provide financial and
academic support for Native American, MexicanAmerican, and African-American students from
economically disadvantaged communities who are
likely to complete the medical curriculum successfully.
Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD degree
programs are offered in the basic medical sciences as
well as biophysics, and an MD-MPH also is available.
Requirements include the basic premedical science
courses. Inorganic chemistry should include work in
qualitative and quantitative analysis and 1 of the biology
courses should be cell biology or biochemistry, plus 1
semester of social sciences and humanities. Nonresident
applicants are required to apply through the Early
Decision Program. Competition for the very limited
number of places available for non-WTCHE residents is
very intense. The MCAT must be taken. Completing 4
years of college and receiving the baccalaureate degree
possible when the transferring student’s spouse is a
member of the medical school faculty or holds a postgraduate residency training program.
Evaluation using an Honors/Pass/Fail system plus faculty narratives is utilized. Students must take and
record a passing score on the USMLE Step 1 and Step
2 for matriculation into the third year and graduation,
Teaching: All preclinical instruction can be received
within the Medical Center. Most of the clinical training is obtained in the University Hospital and the VA
Hospital. Other: Five hospitals in Salt Lake City and 2
in Ogden are affiliated. Library: The library contains
more than 100,000 volumes and 1750 current medical
journal subscriptions. Housing: Board and room are
available in residence halls for single students; there are
also apartments for married students.