Ohio State University College of Medicine


The Ohio State University College of Medicine was established in 1914; it began with the Starling-Ohio Medical College and its predecessors. The college is located on the south edge of the main university campus.


4-year modern. Med 1 and Med 2 students have their choice of 2 curricular pathways: Integrated Pathway or Independent Study Pathway. The Integrated Pathway features body systems-oriented content that fuses the basic and clinical sciences. It combines the proven educational methods of student-centered active learning, small-group case-based discussion, and lectures. The Independent Study Pathway allows students to utilize highly structured objectives, resource guides, and weband computer-based materials to learn on their own. First year: Study of gross anatomy and embryology as part of a 6-member student team for the first 12 weeks of medical school. Critical analysis and problem-solving skills will be developed as students learn about the body systems. Patient-centered medicine and physician development courses take place weekly, combining small group role-playing settings, lectures, and experiences with senior citizens and physicians in the community. Second year: Students continue in their selected pathways, further strengthening clinical interviewing skills, learning how to do a comprehensive physical examination, and building diagnostic abilities. Working with real and standardized patients, students gain an appreciation for the pathophysiology of disease. Third year: Begins with a 2-week Introduction to Clinical Medicine. The next 12 months are spent in a range of experiences, including ambulatory primary care medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, itnernal medicine, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, and surgery. Fourth year: This year features 4 Diffentiation of Care selectives covering the undifferentiated patient, chronic care, a subinternship in internal medicine, and a subinternship in surgical care. There is great flexibility in the fourth year, with 3 months of elective rotations and 3 months of vacation.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The college conducts an active minority recruitment program. Other degree programs: Combined Degrees, BS-MD, MD-MBA, MD-PhD, MD-MHA, and MD-JD are offered.


Abaccalaureatedegreeisexpected,but3-yearcandidates are considered. Application is made through AMCAS. The MCAT test is required. Prerequisite courses include the basic premedical sciences. Recommended courses are biochemistry, physiology, and molecular genetics. Transfer applicants are considered for entrance into the third year, from LCME-accredited, MD-granting institutions in the United States.


The non-grading system used is Pass/Fail. Students must record a passing score on Step 1 of the USMLE in order to move on to required clerkships and a passing score on Step 2 to graduate. The Ohio State University Medical Center includes: James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ross Heart Hospital, and many other facilities for treating physical and behavioral illnesses. Library: The JohnA. Prior Health Sciences Library maintains nearly 200,000 volumes and receives more than 3000 electronic journals and 2800 print titles.

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