The Chicago Medical School Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science was established in 1912 with the goal of enabling men and women to study medicine at night, a
common practice at that time. It attracted a staff of excellent teachers and practitioners in 1917 when an older
medical school in Chicago closed and its faculty transferred to the Chicago Medical School. In 1930 the school
moved to a complex located west of downtown Chicago,
and in 1967 the University of Health Sciences was established. The university consists of the Chicago Medical
School, the Dr. William M. Schell College of Podiatric
Medicine, and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral
The medical school offers a traditional four-year program. The details of the course of instruction are as follows:
Year 1: 30 weeks of class time in the basic sciences.
Year 2: A clinically oriented introduction to medicine begins in
the first quarter and increases progressively. Interdepartmental cooperation between clinical and basic
science departments is emphasized. Overall, 30 weeks are
devoted to the advanced basic sciences.
Year 3: 50 weeks devoted to clerkships in major specialties.
Correlation of clinical instruction with basic sciences
in conferences and seminars.
Year 4: 36 weeks devotedto electives and selectives in affiliated hospitals and
extramural institutions, along with a medical subinternship rotation.
With approval, some students may be
permitted to complete all requirements in 5 1/2 years.
Under this option, students are required to complete the
first 2 years within 3 academic years. Clinical clerkships and electives must be completed in 21/2 years. This is a good option for students with children or who must work part-time while in school.
4-year curriculum consists of 13 terms, with the first
6 devoted to the basic sciences.
There are other degree programs in the sciences for students who are not on track to become doctors. These include both MD programs and PhD programs.
Minority admissions are a strong focus for the medical school. The school is actively involved
in the recruitment of disadvantaged students and participates in the Chicago Area Health and Medical
Only the basic premedical science courses are required
plus 1 year of mathematics and English. Completion of
a baccalaureate degree is preferred. The school does not
impose geographical restrictions. Students are selected
on the basis of their potential to study and practice medicine. This is determined by their academic achievement,
MCAT scores, appraisals received, and the personal
interview (when granted). Qualities assessed are
scholastic ability, motivation, educational background,
and character. Transfer and advanced standing: Limited
to filling spaces in the second or third year classes,
vacated by attrition.
Letter grades are used in required courses and Pass/Fail
in electives. There is a monthly review of performance
by departments and a quarterly review by an evaluation committee. Students must record passing scores on
The basic science instruction takes place in the
classroom and administration building in North Chicago.
Primary clinical teaching occurs in affiliated hospitals in the area, including:
Cook County Hospital
Edward Hines Veterans Affairs Medical Center
North Chicago Veterans Medical Center
Illinois Masonic Center
Lutheran General Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center
Swedish Covenant Hospital
Highland Park Hospital
Great Lakes Naval Hospital.
The library contains 75,000 volumes and subscribes to 1200 periodicals.
There is no housing available for students on campus.
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