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
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.
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
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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