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State University of New York Upstate Medical University

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The Upstate Medical University can trace its origin to the establishment in 1834 of the General Medical School which joined the newly formed Syracuse University in 1871. Expansion of the facilities took place in the 1930s and in 1950 the College of Medicine was transferred to the then newly organized State University of New York.


4-year semimodern. First and second years: The curriculum integrates the basic and clinical sciences, with basic science courses teaching the clinical implications of the material, and provides clinical experience starting in the first semester.All courses are aligned by organ systems. Third and fourth years: The third and fourth years are considered a single unit. Every student is required to complete 50 weeks of clerkships and 26 weeks of electives. Forty-two weeks of required clerkship and 6 weeks of electives are included in the third year; 8 weeks of required time and 20 weeks of electives are included in the fourth year. Required courses are: medicine, general surgery, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, radiology, anesthesiology, and orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, neuroscience, and preventive medicine and neurology.

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Minority admissions: The school is committed to having student enrollment reflect the diverse population of the state. Other degree programs: Research is an important aspect of medical education; four common options are MD-PhD Program, Research Electives, Summer Research, and MSRP.


Required courses include the premedical sciences and 1 year of English. Preference will be given to New York State residents.Applications are accepted from U.S. citizensandfrompermanentresidentswhohavecompleted at least 3 years of college study (90 semester hours) in the United States or Canada.Achieving excellence in the sciences is essential; however, academic work in the humanities and social sciences is equally important.


The grading system used is Honors/High Pass/ Pass/Fail. Taking Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE is required. Teaching: Facilities for instruction and research are in Weiskotten Hall. Most of the hospital affiliates are adjacent to the basic science building at Weiskotten Hall. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Community General, and Van Duyn Home and Hospital are in other parts of Syracuse. Other: Affiliates are the State University Hospital, U.S. Veteran’sAdministration Medical Center, Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital, CommunityGeneral Hospital, Richard H. Hutchings Psychiatric Center, and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center. The ClinicalCampusatBinghamton,abranchcampus,offers clinical educational programs for the third and fourth years. The community orientation of the program fosters close working relationships with practicing physicians and other community professionals. Through emphasis on the “patient caring” function, the curriculum provides experiences in primary care and the ambulatory setting. Library: The library’s collection numbers more than 130,000 volumes and about 2200 rare books. The library also has access to 2 large online bibliographic services. Housing: Two modern 10-story residence halls on campus provide dormitory rooms, studios, and one-bedroom apartments for single and married students.

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