University of Utah School of Medicine


The University of Utah School of Medicine is part of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center along with the University of Utah Hospital, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing and Health, and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. The School of Medicine was originally founded as a 2-year school in 1905, and expanded to a 4-year program in 1943.


4-year semitraditional. First and second years: These 2 years focus on establishing a strong foundation in the basic sciences. Courses are offered dealing with healthcare financing and delivery, community and public health, research methadology and medical literature analysis, biostatistics, and epidemiology. There is in-depth coverage of patient evaluation skills. Problem-based learning sessions are utilized in many courses and standardized patients are employed to enhance clinical skills training. Web-based learning tools have been developed for many courses. Third year: Consists of clerkships in the standard major clinical areas of training. Fourth year: Consists of a subinternship and a neurology clerkship, as well as public health and medical ethics courses and electives in areas of the individual student’s personal interest.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitment program and is prepared to provide financial and academic support for Native American, MexicanAmerican, and African-American students from economically disadvantaged communities who are likely to complete the medical curriculum successfully. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD degree programs are offered in the basic medical sciences as well as biophysics, and an MD-MPH also is available.


Requirements include the basic premedical science courses. Inorganic chemistry should include work in qualitative and quantitative analysis and 1 of the biology courses should be cell biology or biochemistry, plus 1 semester of social sciences and humanities. Nonresident applicants are required to apply through the Early Decision Program. Competition for the very limited number of places available for non-WTCHE residents is very intense. The MCAT must be taken. Completing 4 years of college and receiving the baccalaureate degree isrequired.Transferandadvancedstanding:Thisisonly possible when the transferring student’s spouse is a member of the medical school faculty or holds a postgraduate residency training program.


Evaluation using an Honors/Pass/Fail system plus faculty narratives is utilized. Students must take and record a passing score on the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 for matriculation into the third year and graduation, respectively. Teaching: All preclinical instruction can be received within the Medical Center. Most of the clinical training is obtained in the University Hospital and the VA Hospital. Other: Five hospitals in Salt Lake City and 2 in Ogden are affiliated. Library: The library contains more than 100,000 volumes and 1750 current medical journal subscriptions. Housing: Board and room are available in residence halls for single students; there are also apartments for married students.

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