Meharry Medical College School of Medicine


Established in 1876, Meharry Medical College educates about half of all African-American doctors and dentists in the United States. It was founded as the medical department of Central Tennessee College of Nashville, which later became Walden University. In 1915 a new charter was granted to the school from the state, establishing Meharry as an independent institution. Presently it includes schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Graduate Study and Research, and Allied Health. Its mission is the education of primary care physicians, for service in medically underserved areas.


4-year semitraditional. First year: An introduction to cell biology is followed by a progression from the cell through organ systems in the teaching of biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology. Second year: Includes courses in family and community health, genetics, and physical diagnosis. Third and fourth years: The clinical clerkships, beginning in the junior year and extending into the senior year, consist of six 8-week blocks in each of the following: internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, family and preventive medicine, and psychiatry. The fourth-year students take three 4-week blocks of surgery, Area Health Education Center, and radiology; two 4-week blocks in internal medicine; and three 4-week blocks of guided electives. The school offers students a 5-year curriculum, in which the first year of the standard curriculum is extended over a 2-year period.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions:The college, which over the years has turned out nearly half of the 7000AfricanAmerican physicians graduated from American medical schools, is offering through the Kresge Learning Resources Center an opportunity for alumni and other physicians to continue their education. Several 8-week summer programs are available for undergraduates. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs in a variety of disciplines.


Requirements include 1 year of English in addition to the basic premedical science courses. Preference given to those students who have more than 3 years of premedical training. The selection process is based on consideration of both the cognitive and noncognitive skills of the applicant, related to their potential for success as medical students. Indicators for academic achievement are the performance in the standard premedical science courses and on the MCAT. These along with the GPA and recommendations provide a screening mechanism for extending an interview invitation. At the interview, noncognitive elements are assessed. The school accepts students from throughout the country. Special consideration is given to disadvantaged students. Transfer and advanced standing: None.


Grades of A, B, C, and F and a summary of the student’s work are issued. Receiving total passing scores on Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE is required for promotion to the third year and graduation, respectively. Teaching: The School of Medicine is housed primarily in a building that contains basic science departments and teaching laboratories, a teaching hospital with clinical departments, and research facilities. Hubbard Hospital houses the basic and clinical sciences departments including laboratories, classrooms, an amphitheater, teaching laboratories, and other facilities. Library: The library contains more than 50,000 volumes and 1000 journal titles and is located in the Learning Resources Center. Housing: Dorothy Brown Hall houses female students, and the Student-Faculty Apartment Complex contains 1- and 2-bedroom apartments.

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