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.
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
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.
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.