The University of Missouri has 4 campuses: Columbia,
Kansas City, Rolla, and St. Louis. The Columbia campus, the oldest and largest, is the site of the university’s
Columbia School of Medicine. This institution, established in 1872 as a 2-year medical school, expanded in
1956 into its present 4-year program. The University of
Missouri Health Sciences Center includes the School
of Medicine, University Hospital, Columbia Regional
Hospital, VA Hospital, and other satellite facilities.
clinical case format, the PBL component integrates the
traditional basic sciences. Students work together to
gather and organize information and then to generate
and test hypotheses. In the IPC component, students
explore a variety of content and skill-building experiences, including the physical exam skills, interviewing,
health care/health policy, epidemiology, use of diagnostic tests and psychosocial aspects of medicine.
Beginning in their first semester, students work with
physician mentors and with standardized patients. Students also are assigned to a weekly clinic for an
ambulatory care experience. Third and fourth years:
The third year features 7-week required clerkships in
child health, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry/neurology, and surgery.
The fourth year has three 8-week required advanced
clinical selectives from a medical area, a surgical area,
and one other selective.Also required in the fourth year
are 6 weeks of advanced biomedical sciences and 16
weeks of general electives.
4-year semimodern. First and second years: Preclinical
training is in eight 10-week blocks, each block consisting of 8 weeks of instruction followed by a week of
evaluation and a week of vacation. A 10-week summer
vacation falls between blocks 4 and 5. Each learning
blockiscomprisedof2components – theBasicScience
Problem-based Learning (PBL) component and the
Minority admissions: The school has an active program
and offers special summer programs for high school
minority, rural and/or disadvantaged students. Other
degree programs: Combined MD-MS program, as well
as MD-PhD in the basic sciences, is offered.
In addition to the basic premedical science courses,
mathematics and English composition (one year) are
required. State residents are given very strong preference, especially those from small cities, towns, and
rural areas. Transfer and advanced standing: Limited
number admitted into third year.Applicants to the third
year must post passing USMLE scores. Missouri residency is required for advanced standing positions.
The School of Medicine uses a multilevel grading system with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory in the first year,
Honors/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory in the second year,
and Honors/Letter of Commendation/Satisfactory/
Unsatisfactory in the third and fourth years. Students
must pass USMLE Step 1 prior to their fourth year and
Step 2CK and Step 2C5 to graduate.
or Columbia, campus of the university and is connected
to the University Hospital and Clinics. Basic sciences are
taught in the Medical Sciences Building; newly renovated student “labs” are rooms designed for PBL
sessions, small-group discussions, and home base study
rooms. Clinical teaching takes place at the University
Hospital (495 beds), Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center (87 beds), the VA Hospital (480 beds), and other
affiliated off-campus hospitals. Other: The Ellis Fischell
Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital are part of the
Health Sciences Center complex. Library: The Medical
Library is located in the new Medical Annex and has
more than 196,000 volumes. About 2000 periodicals are
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