The University of Rochester, founded in 1850, is an
independently supported, nonsectarian institution. The
University of Rochester Medical Center consists of the
School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing,
and Strong Memorial Hospital.
4-year modern. Rochester’s Double Helix Curriculum
captures the integrated strands of basic science and clinical medicine as they are woven throughout the 4-year
curriculum. The focus of our educational program is not
merely the transfer of information but the transformation of the learner in a culture providing that ingenious
combination of support and challenge that leads to education. Every course is interdisciplinary and, unlike
most medical schools, clinical skills training from the
beginning leads not to shadowing, but to the start of real
clinical work as part of the health care team.Actual clinical cases drive the learning of science. Students return
to increasingly advanced basic science in the second,
third, and fourth years through an integrated series of
problem-based learning exercises. Multidisciplinary
PBL cases are used in all courses with usually 3 PBL
tutorials per week and an average of 14 lecture hours
per week. Clinical exposure begins during the first week
of school with an introduction to clinical medicine in
the fall semester and the start of the primary care/ambulatory longitudinal clerkship beginning during the first
spring semester. This experience includes all the ambulatory components of family medicine, pediatrics,
internal medicine, women’s health, psychiatry, and
ambulatory surgery, and is completed by the end of the
second year. Inpatient clerkships are completed by
December of the fourth year and focus on acute care
experiences in adult medicine, women’s and children’s
health, mind/brain/behavior, and emergency care.
Minority admissions: The Center for Advocacy,
Community Health, and Education and Diversity coordinates an active recruitment program involving a
Summer Research Fellowship Program for upper-level
students. Other degree programs: A BA-MD program
is offered. Combined degree programs are available for
MD-MS and MD-PhD candidates. An MD-MPH combined degree program is available through Community
and Preventive Medicine. MPH-MS programs are
offered, and an MBA program is available in the Simon
School of Business Administration.
Required courses include the basic premedical sciences, 1 year of English, and courses in the humanities
and/or social sciences. The MCAT is required.
Transfer and advanced standing: None. International
students, unless they are Rochester graduates, are not
Pass/Fail is the current system. The USMLE is not used
in promotion decisions.
Teaching: The basic sciences are taught in the Medical
EducationWing; clinical teaching takes place in Strong
Memorial Hospital (720 beds), at 5 affiliated community hospitals, in anAmbulatory Care Center, and in the
offices of many practicing physician-teachers. Other:
Research laboratory space for basic science departments is in the Medical Education Wing. Library: The
Edward G. Miner Library houses more than 200,000
volumes and subscribes to 3000 periodicals. Housing:
1 to 2 bedroom apartments are available near the
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