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In 1947 the University of Minnesota – Duluth became an associate campus of the University of Minnesota. This school provides the first 2 years of medical education, after which students automatically transfer to the parent school in Minneapolis for the completion of their training. The school seeks to provide primary care practitioners for rural communities throughout Minnesota and American Indian communities nationwide.


2-yearsemimodern.Thecurriculumexposesthestudents to basic behavioral and clinical sciences to prepare them for continuing their studies in Minneapolis. First year: Following the applied anatomy course and principles of basic medical science, clinical material is correlated with thebasicsciencesinintegratedcoursesincludingnervous system, hematopoiesis and host defenses, histopathology, dermatology, and the musculoskeletal system. Students also participate in the Family Practice Preceptorship Program. Each student is assigned to a family physician within the immediate area and is introduced to medicine as practiced in that setting. Second year: Integrated courses in the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems, as well as integrated clinical medicine are presented. Students spend more time in the clinical setting and receive more intensive instruction in clinical medicine. The preceptorship program in the second year involves the student with physicians who practice in rural areas of Minnesota.This interaction occurs three times per year for a 3-day period each time. Additional courses in the behavioral sciences are offered throughout both years of medical school. Therefore, in the first 2 years of medical school, the students acquire the necessary knowledge of the scientific basis for medical practice while reinforcing this knowledge by active participation in the patient care setting.

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Minority admissions: Applicants from minority groups are underrepresented in the health professions, particularly NativeAmericans; they are encouraged to apply.


Requirements include the minimum premedical science courses and 1 year of English composition, mathematics through calculus, humanities (one course being upper level), and behavioral science. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Strong preference is given to Minnesota residents. A mechanism has also been established for transfer to the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis on a noncompetitive basis for completion of MD requirements.


Grades are reported as Oustanding, Excellent, and Satisfactory. A No Pass is given if a student fails a course. A student is automatically allowed to transfer to the Medical School in Minneapolis if he or she is in good academic standing and has passed Step 1 of the USMLE. Teaching: A medical science building was constructed on the UMD campus in 1979. In 1997, an addition to this facility was opened and added more office and teaching space. The Medical School – Duluth has established affiliation agreements with St. Luke’s Hospital, Miller-Dwan, and St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic Health Care System. These facilities provide students with access to an extremely diverse patient population in the clinical setting. Library: In 2000, all contents of the Health Science Library were transferred to the newly constructed UMC Library Building. The health sciences have strengthened considerably due to the acquisition of full-text electronic resources and a fullservice library with new study rooms, computers, and connections for laptop computers. Housing: Most students live in houses and apartments in Duluth and surrounding areas. No on-campus housing is available.

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