Wayne State University School of Medicine


The Wayne State University School of Medicine was established in 1868. It is associated with the Detroit Medical Center, which contains 6 health care institutions. It is located in the northcentral area of Detroit. The facilities of the School of Medicine are relatively modern, having been completed in the last 25 years.


4-year semi-modern. First year: Begins with an introductory clinical course, which runs through all four years, including Introduction to the Patient, human sexuality, medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, public health and prevention, and evidence-based medicine. Year 1 is organized around the disciplines of structure (anatomy, histology, embryology, and radiology), function (biochemistry, physiology, genetics, and nutrition), and ends with an integrated neuroscience course. Second year: A completely integrated year focusing on pathophysiology, including immunology/microbiology and pharmacology. Third year: Consists of a series of clinical clerkships including medicine, surgery, pediatrics, family medicine, psychiatry, neurology, and obstetrics/gynecology. During the third year all students have a 6-month continuity clerkship. Fourth year: This is an elective year and includes emergency medicine, a subinternship, and an ambulatory block month. The school uses traditional lectures, small group and panel discussions, computer assisted instruction, and multimedia in its teaching program.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school’s Office of Recruitment is actively engaged in furthering minority-student enrollment. Entering students can participate in a summer program designed to facilitate the transition to medical school. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD degree programs are offered in a variety of basic science disciplines.


Applicants should have taken the basic premedical courses plus a biology course and 1 year of English. The school does consider nonresidents for admission but state residents, as defined by university regulations, are given preference. In addition to residency, selection is based on the standard considerations, namely, college record, MCAT scores, recommendations/evaluations, and interview results. Transfer and advanced standing: Applicants from U.S. or Canadian schools will be considered for second- and third-year classes.


System used is Honors/Pass/Fail. In order to qualify for promotion to the next class, a student must demonstrate competency on all subject examinations. All students will be required to pass Step 1 of the USMLE in order to be promoted into the third year. Teaching: The School of Medicine is located in the heart of the 236-acre Detroit Medical Center. Gordon Scott Hall houses the school’s basic science departments, as well as administrative and service offices. Clinical teaching takes place at the Harper Hospital (557 beds), Children’s Hospital (320 beds), Grace Hospital (957 beds), Hutzel Hospital (360 beds). Other: Clinical teaching also takes place off campus at the Detroit Receiving Hospital (700 beds) and VA Hospital (890 beds). Library: Shiffman Medical Library houses more than 150,000 volumes. Housing: Available in the campus area.

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