University of Minnesota Medical School - Minneapolis


The University of Minnesota Medical School was established in 1888 when 3 of the 4 proprietary medical schools in the area joined together; a fourth joined later. By 1911 the first unit of the University Hospital was dedicated. The school has a long tradition of research and clinical achievement and is characterized by strong departments in the basic medical sciences.


4-year semitraditional. First year: Includes coursework in the basic medical sciences, behavioral science, and introductory experiences with patients. Second year: Consists of both department and integrated interdisciplinarycoursesorganizedandtaughtalongorgansystem and topical lines. Third and fourth years: Consist of a total of 76 weeks of academic requirements, 52 weeks of required clerkships, and 24 weeks of electives. Before beginning this phase of the program, the student selects a faculty advisor and develops a plan for these 2 academic years. For most students, this period begins in June following the second year and ends in May of the senior year, with graduation and awarding of the MD degree. The 52 weeks of required clinical courses include: 12 weeks of internal medicine; 6 weeks each of surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, and psychiatry; 4 weeks of neurology, 4 weeks of a surgical subspecialty, and an 8-week outpatient clinical primary care experience. Students may also elect to participate in research, rural medicine, and international medicine experiences as part of their Third Year/Fourth Year curriculum.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Other degree programs: A 7-year MD-PhD program is available for superior students planning academic medicine careers. The school also offers programs leading to MD-MBA and MD-MPH degrees.


Requirements include a bachelor’s degree, the basic premedical science courses, plus biochemistry, 2 semesters ofEnglish,1courseincalculus,and1inpsychology.Two other courses from the liberal arts are also required. Courses in genetics and statistics are highly recommended. Preference for admission is given to legal residents of Minnesota. Transfer and advanced standing: Transferstudentsareacceptedintothethirdyearandusually only from the 2-year University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth.


Grading in the two years is on a P-N (Pass-Fail) system, with Honors designation for students in the top 20% of each of the First-year and Second-year classes. Students receive evaluations as Satisfactory, Excellent, and Honors for clinical coursework. Students who receive I or N grades are reviewed by the Student Scholastic Standing Committee. Students must pass Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE as a requirement for graduation and the MD degree. Students must pass the USMLE Step 1 to continue full-time work in the Third Year. Teaching: The University Hospital and most of the major hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area are affiliated with the medical school and provide clinical training facilities. Other: Facilities for research are located in the Health Sciences Center. Library: Acomprehensive medical library that contains many books and subscribes to numerous periodicals is available for student use. Housing: Information is not available.

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