The University of Connecticut has been in existence
since 1881. The School of Medicine was activated in
1968 and together with the School of Dental Medicine
research facilities and the University Hospital and
Ambulatory Unit forms the University of Connecticut
Health Center. The campus is located on 162 wooded
acres, 7 miles west of Hartford in scenic Farmington.
Boston and New York are each about 2 hours away.
4-year modern. It consists of 3 phases: Phase 1: Extends
for 2 years. The didactic portion requires 20 hours per
week devoted to the basic concepts and facts of medicine. It will involve lectures, laboratories, and seminars.
Problem-based learning sessions will lead to an understanding of the material in a clinical context. Areas to
be covered include: human system, human development
in its environment, mechanism of disease, student practice, introduction to clinical medicine, Elective 1, and
practical clinical experiences. Phase 2: Extends over 1
year. It is divided into 3 months of required experiences,
2 months of selectives, and 6 months of electives.Astudent practice preceptorship extends over the entire 4
years. This curriculum is characterized by early clinical
exposure, integrated and interdisciplinary relationships
in the basic sciences and between the basic sciences and
clinical disciplines, and clinical experiences in ambulatory and hospital settings. This approach is aimed at
preparing professionals entering the evolving new
health care system. The principal goal is to provide a
fund of knowledge that will enable students to pursue
postgraduate training needed in their future careers. By
attaining basic competency, the graduate will ultimately
be able to provide high-quality, cost-effective clinical
Minority admissions: The school actively recruits disadvantaged applicants by visits to area institutions and
participation in informational programs. The Medical/Dental Preparatory Program is an 8-week summer
program that simulates the first year of basic medical
sciences. Minority enrollment has averaged 15% or
more in recent years. Other degree programs: MDPhD programs are offered in a variety of disciplines
including molecular biology and immunology.
Required courses include the basic premedical sciences. Applicants must demonstrate facility in
quantitative and communicative skills. The faculty
believes a broad liberal arts education provides the best
preparation for those entering the medical profession.
Strong preference is given to residents. Transfer and
advanced standing: Third-year U.S. medical school
A Pass/Fail system is used, with Honors/Pass/Fail in
the third year. Students must pass Steps 1 and 2 of the
Teaching: Students obtain most of their clinical experience in hospitals in the greater Hartford area and at
the John Dempsey Hospital at the Health Center. The
Health Center is a member of a consortium of hospitals that seeks to strengthen health education programs
and improve patient care. Ten health care institutions
are affiliated, and 11 are allied with the Health Center.
Library: Lyman Maynard Stowe Library is centrally
located in the Health Sciences Center. Housing: Provision for both single and married student housing is
coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs.
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