University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine was established in 1819. It is part of the university’s Medical Center, which also includes colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health. Graduates choose careers in a broad range of primary care and medical subspecialties. Research opportunities for students are extensive and the school receives NIH research funding.


4-year semitraditional. First year: Focuses on the normal structure, function, and development of the human body, using an integrated systems approach to basic and clinical science topics. It includes an introduction to doctor/patient relationships and physical diagnosis skills. Second year: Continues the integrated systems approach focusing on the disease processes, prevention, and the further development of physical diagnosis skills. Third year: Clerkships include 8-week rotations each in internal medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery; a 6-week rotation in psychiatry; a 4-week rotation in family medicine; a 2-week rotation in radiology; and 4 weeks of electives. Fourth year: Requirements are an 8-week acting internship in internal medicine, a 4-week clinical neuroscience selective, and 24 weeks of electives which must include a 4-week internal medical elective, a 4-week outpatient elective, and a 4-week Area Health Education Center (AHEC) elective in an underserved rural or urban community in Ohio. Portions of the elective time may be taken at other U.S. medical centers or abroad.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school actively recruits minority, disadvantaged, and other nontraditional applicants. Other degree programs: Combined MDPhD program of any of the basic sciences and a 5-year MD-MBA program are available.


All applicants should have the knowledge obtained in premedical basic science courses and mathematics. In addition, the undergraduate program should provide an understanding of the social, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence our society. Regardless of the area of concentration, the applicant should have acquired effective learning, communication, and problemsolving skills. A knowledge of the basic principles of statistics and computer literacy are recommended. As a state-supported university, priority will be given to Ohio residents. Transfer and advanced standing: Possible only into the third year.


Grades of Honors, High Pass, Pass, Remediate, or Fail are used. Students must pass USMLE Step 1 before advancement to the third year. Students must pass the USMLE Step 2 before graduating. Teaching: The majority of the school is housed in the Medical Sciences Building. Clinical training takes place at the University Hospital, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, VA Medical Center, the Shriners Burns Hospital, and ambulatory care sites. Other: Three associated teaching hospitals are located within a mile of the Medical Center. Library: The Health Sciences Library holds more than 270,000 volumes and 3000 current journals and has over 100 computers for student use. Each year the library conducts many training classes, covering medical literature, databases, creating web sites, and web courses. Housing: A limited number of on-campus apartments are available for single and married students.Avariety of proximate offcampus housing is available.

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