Wright State University, located in Dayton, was
founded in 1964; the School of Medicine was founded
10 years later. It is located on the main university campus in the city of Fairborn, a community within the
metropolitan area of Dayton. The school’s goal is to
provide physicians with a strong foundation in primary
care and comprehensive training in critical, acute, and
chronic care as well as preventive medicine. A very
substantial percentage of the school’s graduates enter
4-year modern. Major courses are designed to prepare
students for lifelong learning and service in primary care
fields. Biennium I: Students are taught in an interdisciplinary fashion using didactic teaching, large group
lectures, small group discussions, computer-based
instruction, and case-based/problem-based learning.
Throughout the first 2 years, normal structure and functioning, behavioral sciences, health promotion, and
disease prevention are integrated into the curriculum.
Students are introduced to basic principles and mechanisms of disease in the spring of the first year. Instruction
progresses through various organizational levels from
molecular to organ systems. From the beginning of the
freshman year, students acquire clinical skills through
direct patient contact and interaction with clinical faculty
preceptors. To provide additional opportunities for clinical exposure and enrichment, clinically based electives
are offered as immersion experiences between academic
periods in the first 2 years. Students rotate through 6 core
clerkships during the third year. Individualized electives,
mandatory clerkships, junior internships, and time for
board study complete the fourth year.
Minority Admissions: The school has a stated policy of
providing educational opportunities to students from
underrepresented minority groups. An Office of
MinorityAffairs is coordinated by anAssistant Dean for
Minority Affairs. A 4-week prematriculation program,
minority physician mentoring, big brother/big sister
peer tutoring, board preparation courses, and assistance
in development of critical thinking and learning are
available. Resident and nonresident minority students
are strongly encouraged to apply. Other degree programs: After matriculation students may apply for
admission to the biomedical sciences PhD program, the
MBA program, and the MPH program.
The basic premedical science courses are required plus
1 year each of English and mathematics. The school
seeks students with diverse social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. Secondary applications and letters
of recommendation are requested upon receipt of the
AMCAS application. Dedication to human concerns,
communication skills, maturity, motivation, letters of
recommendation, and academic qualifications are considered when reviewing applications. One-on-one
interviews are by invitation only with Ohio residents
receiving very strong preference. Women, minorities,
and applicants from rural Ohio are particularly encouraged to apply. Transfer and advance standing: Students
may transfer from LCME accredited schools at the
third year level.
Information not available.
Teaching: Educational programs are conducted in the
Medical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Health
Sciences buildings on the main campus. Clinical
instruction takes place in the 8 local affiliated teaching
hospitals and institutions, in free-standing ambulatory
health centers, and in physicians’offices. Library: The
Fordham Health Sciences Library contains a large collection of books and journals, audiovisual and
computer programs, access to on-line data base searching, quiet study areas, and after-hour study space.
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