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
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,
immunology, and introduction to clinical medicine.
Third year: 8-week rotations in 6 clinical specialties.
Fourth year: Consists of 4-week blocks in medicine,
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.