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.
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
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
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.