University of Louisville School of Medicine


The University of Louisville School of Medicine was originally part of the Louisville Medical Institute when it was established in 1833. In 1846 it became part of the University of Louisville, which is part of the state university system. In 1908 the school merged with 4 others and adopted its present name. In the late 1980s the school embarked on a comprehensive building program, which included the construction of the University of Louisville Hospital. The Health Science Center consists of the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing.


4-year semitraditional with an introduction to clinical medicine. First and second years: Consist of basic science courses; 2 hours of elective time per semester is required. Third year: Devoted to required clerkships. Fourth year: Six required clinical rotations and health policy and management courses, and 10 weeks of electives.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: Aids in recruitment and retention of minorities. Other degree programs: A combined MD-PhD program is available in a variety of disciplines including biophysics, immunology, and toxicology.


Requirements include minimum premedical science courses plus 1 semester of calculus (or 2 semesters of other college mathematics courses) and 2 semesters of English. Preference is given to state residents. Selection is determined by academic achievement and potential as reflected by the applicant’s college record, MCAT scores, recommendations of the premedical advisory committee, extracurricular activities, personality, and motivation. The latter qualities are determined by a personal interview granted only to candidates for admission whose academic credentials merit comprehensive review. Transfer and advanced standing: Applicants from LCME-accredited schools with documented circumstances necessitating the need to return to Kentucky will be considered on a limited basis.


A grade of Pass or Fail is submitted at the completion of each course. The Committee on Student Promotions approves the scholastic activities of the individual or may recommend one of several courses of action if work is unsatisfactory. A passing total score on Step 1 of the USMLE is needed for promotion to the third year. Taking Step 2 is required. Teaching: Basic sciences are taught in the Instructional Building at the Health Science Center near downtown Louisville. Primary clinical facilities are University of Louisville, Kosair-Children’s Hospital, and Veterans Administration Medical Center. Other clinical affiliates are the Bingham Child Guidance Clinic, Inc., Audubon Hospital, Frazier Rehabilitation Center, Jewish Hospital, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Allient Norton Hospital, and Trover Clinic (Madisonville). Other: The Research Building is devoted entirely to scientific investigation by all departments of the school. A commons building houses the Health Sciences library, auditorium, and cafeteria. Housing: Medical-Dental dormitory located near the Health Sciences Center, and numerous affordable apartment complexes within 10

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