University of Nebraska College of Medicine


The University of Nebraska College of Medicine was established in 1902 when Omaha Medical College joined the University of Nebraska.The latter was established in 1880. Currently, the University of Nebraska Medical Center includes the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, School of Allied Health Professions, University Hospital, and several other facilities. Omaha is located in the western part of the state and is its largest city.


4-year semimodern.The school seeks to provide its graduates with superior skills in problem solving and clinical reasoning, extensive knowledge of the biomedical and psychosocial sciences, and skills needed for lifelong learning of medicine. First and second years: Students are exposed to the basic medical sciences. During these years students also begin to learn clinical skills and reasoning. In the third and fourth years students apply their knowledge on the hospital wards and clinical offices. Third year: Students take clinical clerkships in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. Fourth year: Students select from a variety of clinical and basic scienceexperience.Inordertograduate,studentsmustshow that they have acquired the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for residency training. Students get early experience in medical problem solving through preceptorships and clinical case study in groups. At the beginning of medical school, students work in small groupswithafacultymembertosolveclinicalcases.This initial exercise helps develop the library and information retrieval skills they will need in their medical studies. Case study and small group teaching emphasizing problem-based learning are becoming more prominent features of all of the basic science courses. Clinical experience provided to the students is supplemented by the availability of simulated patients to learn history taking and physical examination skills. These innovative changes in medical education provide greater relevance to patient care in medical practice. Consequently, graduates should be more qualified to undertake advanced training regardless of the specialty they plan to enter.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitment program for disadvantaged and rural students. It also offers summer enrichment programs for college juniors and seniors, depending on availability of grant funds. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs available in all the basic sciences.


The basic premedical science courses, introductory calculus or statistics, 4 courses in social sciences and/or humanities, and courses in writing, biochemistry, and genetics are also required. Few out-of-state residents are accepted. Transfer and advanced standing: No transfers from non-LCME-approved schools or from non-medical professional schools are accepted.


The system used is Honors/High Pass/Pass/Marginal, and Fail. Students are limited to 5 years of enrollment to complete the medical curriculum. Passage of USMLE Step 1 is required for promotion to the senior year and for graduation. Taking Step 2 of the USMLE is required. Teaching: Basic sciences are taught in 2 buildings-Wittson Hall and Durham Research Center. Clinical teaching takes place at University Hospital (434 beds). Nebraska Medical Center serves various affiliated hospitals. Library: The McGoogan Library of Medicine is situated in Wittson Hall and houses more than 234,000 volumes and 2200 periodicals. Housing: Student Services has a listing of private off-campus housing available to students.

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