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.
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
Requirements include a bachelor’s degree, the basic premedical science courses, plus biochemistry, 2 semesters
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.