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University of Rochester School of Medicine

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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.

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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 considered.


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 Medical Center.

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