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Huntington, WV 25701

Marshall University Joan Edwards School of Medicine

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Marshall University was founded in 1837, but the School of Medicine was not established until 1978. The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine was established under the Veteran’s Administration Medical School Assistance and Health Training Act. The school offers a community-based program with emphasis on the education of primary care physicians.


4-yearsemitraditional.Firstyear:Thebasicmedicalsciences courses of anatomy, physiology, medical cell and molecular biology, neurosciences, and biochemistry are supplemented by medical ethics and a clinical interdepartmental course entitled introduction to patient care, which covers physical diagnosis and behavioral medicine. Second year: Includes pharmacology, pathology, microbiology, genetics, psychopathology, biostatistics, epidemiology,communitymedicine,physicaldiagnosis, immunology, and introduction to clinical medicine. Third year: 8-week rotations in 6 clinical specialties. Fourth year: Consists of 4-week blocks in medicine, emergencymedicine,surgery,and22weeksofelectives.

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Minority admissions: No special recruitment program is available. Other degree programs: MD-MS and MD-PhD programs are available.


The basic premedical science courses, English composition and rhetoric, and social or behavioral sciences are required. Preference is given to state residents. Some positions may be available to well-qualified nonresidents from states contiguous to West Virginia or to nonresidents who have strong ties to West Virginia. Other nonresidents are not considered. Regardless of their state of residency, applicants are considered only if they are U.S. citizens or have permanent visas. Evaluation of candidates for admission involves a review of a candidate’s academic records and test scores, although this by itself is not decisive. An insight into the applicant’s character is sought by review of letters of recommendation and an assessment at an interview. Features of interest to the Admission Committee are motivation, integrity, sensitivity, and judgment. Transfer and advanced standing: The School of Medicine considers for transfer admissions those applicants who are currently in good standing at an allopathic medical school. Positions are limited by attrition and are rarely available. The residency policy for regular admissions also applies to transfer admissions with one exception-only U.S. citizens are considered.


A letter grading system – A, B, C, D, and F – is used. The Academic Standards Committee administers promotions. Students must record passing total scores on Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE for promotion to the third year and graduation, respectively. Teaching: The school is affiliated with the Cabell Huntington Hospital (363 beds), St. Mary’s Hospital (440 beds), VA Medical Center, and hospitals and clinics in other communities.Anew comprehensive cancer center and a new classroom facility are under construction at this time. Library: The medical library collection is available to students as well as faculty and is constantly expanding its holdings.Housing: Housing is available in university dormitories and in furnished family dwelling units.

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