In 1907 the University of Wisconsin Medical School
was established as a 2-year program and did not
become a 4-year program until 1924. At present, the
University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences
incorporates the Medical School, University Hospital,
Clinics, Psychiatric Research Institute, schools of
Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences, and
the State Hygiene Laboratory.
4-year semimodern. The curriculum emphasizes the
acquisition of core doctoring skills. Students spend time
in doctors’offices from the first week of school and continue to build their skills over the next 4 years by means
of a core curriculum component, which is interdisciplinary. First year: A cohesive series of courses designed
to build a firm base in the biomedical concepts of normal human growth and development. Second year:
Context courses emphasize organ systems and the common diseases and abnormalities that occur. Throughout
thefirst2years,amixtureoflectures,small-group,standardized patient, and clinical experiences are utilized.
Third year: Clerkships expose students to a wide variety of clinical settings. Fourth year: Consists of an
acting internship in medicine, 4 weeks in surgery and a
preceptorship, and 18 weeks of electives.
Minority admissions: Recruitment is coordinated by
the Office of Student Services. Accepted students can
enter a summer program. Other degree programs:
Combined MD-PhD and MD-MS degrees are offered
in the basic sciences.
The basic premedical sciences are required as well as
1 year of mathematics. An advanced biology course is
required. English, biochemistry, quantitative analysis,
and calculus are recommended. Few nonresidents are
accepted. The minimum amount of college work prior
to matriculation is 3 years; however, earning a baccalaureate is highly desirable. The MCAT is also
required. Factors considered in the selection process
are intellectual ability and such personal characteristics
as motivation, communication skills, and breadth of
interests. Transfer and advanced standing: Very few
transfers accepted into third-year class.
Examinations are given at the end of each semester during the first and second years and at the end of the third
and fourth years. Grades, recorded by letter or number,
are given by a committee of faculty members. Students
must record a passing total score on Step 1 of the
USMLE for promotion to the third year and on Step 2
Teaching: The school’s major teaching facility is the
University of Wisconsin Hospitals, consisting of 6 hospitals under one administration. There are also Bardeen
Laboratories for teaching and research and the McArdle
Laboratory for cancer research. Other: The Medical
Science Building provides research laboratories, and
the Service Memorial Institute houses research laboratories, teaching laboratories, and lecture rooms. The
State Hygiene Laboratory is concerned with the diagnosis, control, and eradication of communicable
diseases, and the Genetics Building accommodates
classrooms and laboratories. Library: The William S.
Middleton Medical Library holds about 150,000 volumes and receives about 2000 serial publications.
Housing: Students live in either rooms or apartments
with other students. Married students are eligible for
housing in the University Eagle Heights Apartments.