The Tulane University School of Medicine was established in 1834 as the Medical College of Louisiana. In
1845 the school became the Medical Department of the
University of Louisiana. The school was closed during
the Civil War, reopening with the termination of that
conflict but struggling financially for survival until
1884 when a local merchant, Paul Tulane, provided
funds for what became Tulane University.Amajor multidisciplinary medical center was later established
incorporating the School of Medicine, School of Public
Health and Tropical Medicine, the Tulane University
Hospital and Clinic, and other units.
4-year semimodern. The curriculum is under continuous evaluation and improvement. It provides the
necessary foundation for graduates to be well prepared
to enter any field of medicine. An emphasis has been
placed upon self-directed learning, integration of basic
and clinical sciences, and more active forms of learning. First and second years: Students take the basic
sciences courses that form the foundation for clinical
application. In the second semester of the first year, and
continuing through the second year, students participate
in the elective program, which allows each student to
supplement the curriculum according to his/her own
goals and ambitions.Along with lectures, courses incorporate problem-based learning sessions, small group
discussions, laboratories, and clinical correlations.
Throughout the first 2 years, the course in Foundations
in Medicine provides clinical experience both on campus and in community-based settings. Third year:
Consists of 48 weeks devoted to basic core clerkships
in the major clinical areas. Students have direct responsibility for the diagnosis and management of clinical
problems presented by the patients in the various hospitals affiliated with the medical school. Fourth year:
Consists of both required clerkships and electives.
Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitment program targeted at the southeastern and
southwestern parts of the country. A Summer Reinforcement and Enrichment Program is available for
minority undergraduate premedical students. Other
degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs are
offered in a variety of disciplines. MD-MS and MDMPH programs are also available.
Prerequisite courses are the basic premedical sciences
and English. BecauseTulane is a private institution, there
are no residency requirements and, thus, large numbers
of out-of-state students are accepted. Transfer and
advanced standing:Afew students will be accepted into
the second and third year classes if space is available.
Grades are Honors/High Pass/Pass/Condition/Fail.
Any grade of below Pass constitutes an academic deficiency that must be removed by remedial work and/or
examination in order to advance to the succeeding year.
Students are required to record a score in Step I of the
Located in downtown New Orleans, the medical center
occupies several full city blocks. While classroom
activities are held, for the most part, at 1430 Tulane
Avenue, clinical teaching takes place primarily at the
Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, Charity Hospital, and the New Orleans Veteran’s Administration
Hospital. Other hospitals in New Orleans and beyond
provide supplementary teaching facilities. Library: The
Rudolph Matas Library houses more than 150,000 volumes, and has subscriptions to all major medical
periodicals. Housing: An apartment complex for student housing is located adjacent to the Tulane
University Hospital and Clinic.