Medical University of Ohio


The Medical University of Ohio, which graduated its first class in 1972, is part of a health science center that includes a Graduate School, a College of Allied Health, and a College of Nursing. The Medical Center is located on a 475-acre campus in a residential/commercial area of south Toledo. The school serves as a center for medical education, community service, and research.


First and second years: Basic sciences are integrated into interdisciplinary blocks of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Human Structure and Development, Neurosciences/Behavioral Science, Immunity and Infection and Organ Systems, and Integrative Pathophysiology span the first 2 years. A case-based format is used, designed to help students develop clinical reasoning skills by applying principles learned in the basic sciences. A course, Physician, Patient, and Society, also spans both preclinical years. Much time is spent in a non-lecture format with emphasis placed on small-group interaction. Third year: Devoted to mandatory clerkships in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and family medicine. Fourth year: Required clerkships in neurology and basic science, as well as 28 weeks of clinical electives are required.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The university has an active recruitment program. The Admissions Office works in cooperation with the Office for Institutional Diversity and the Office of Student Affairs in the recruitment, selection, and retention of qualified students. Other degree programs: A combined MD-PhD program, MD-MSBS program, and MD-MPH program are available.


The basic premedical science courses and 1 year of English and mathematics are required. Additional courses in biology are recommended. The school requires all applicants to take the MCAT and to have a baccalaureate degree at the time of admission. Beyond the required courses, the choice of a major is optional. Ohio residents are given priority in admissions. Nonresidents with a superior background are considered for acceptance. Transfer and advanced standing: Ohio residents from LCME-accredited schools are considered.


The system uses Honors, High Pass, Pass, Fail. The USMLE, Step 1, must be passed to be promoted and a passing total score on Step 2 is required to graduate. Teaching: The basic sciences are taught in the Health Education Building and the Block Health Science Building. The clinical clerkships are completed at the campus’ University Hospital as well as several other area teaching hospitals. All students complete a minimum of 8 weeks of clerkships in a rural Area Health Education Center. Other: Available for required clerkships are Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Library: The Mulford Library contains a large collection of bound books and journals. Housing: None available.

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