University of Vermont College of Medicine


Established in 1822, the University ofVermont College of Medicine has a long-standing approach to medical education that reinforces the centrality of the doctorpatient relationship, and the caring values of medicine. The college offers students early access to broad clinical experience, a firm grounding in the basic sciences, access to research facilities, and an emphasis on community service.


4-year modern. Level one: Extending over 18 months, this segment seeks to have students develop a fundamental understanding of health and illness. Level two: Clinical clerkships progressively improve the skills of students through daily care of patients. The clerkships provide structured experience and didactic instruction within different medical specialties, in both ambulatory and hospital environments. Interdisciplinary sessions contribute to development of technical skills and competency in physician-patient decision-making. Level three: During the 15 months, the student applies prior competencies to the supervised management of patients and to the teaching of peers, patients, and more junior students.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The College of Medicine is committed to increasing cultural diversity in the academic community. Other degree programs: The MD-PhD program is designed to train future physician-scientists through a curriculum that integrates clinical care with basic research.


Applicants must have completed at least 3 years of undergraduate study, but a baccalaureate degree is strongly encouraged. An applicant’s undergraduate studies must include the basic premedical science courses. A course in biochemistry or molecular genetics is also recommended. Students are encouraged to secure a broad and balanced educational background. College work must demonstrate intellectual drive, independent thinking, curiosity, and self-discipline. Applicants should seek out opportunities to develop oral and written communication skills. Successful applicants often have demonstrated service to the community. Highly qualified students are accepted from Vermont, and a number of Maine applicants are offered seats through the Maine Access Program. Approximately 60% of the student body come from other states.


Students are regularly evaluated, and are required to satisfactorily pass each course and clerkship, and to fulfill the requirements of the Advanced Integration year. Comprehensive examinations are required to be taken at appropriate intervals. Students must take and pass the USMLE Step I and Step II, prior to January 1 of the year of graduation. Teaching: There is a 3-building medical college complex; a 562-bed teaching hospital (FletcherAllen Health Care), and 9 affiliated hospitals. Other: Research facilities are located within the medical school complex and off campus. Library: Medical students use the Dana Medical Library to study in and to conduct research. Housing: On-campus choices include UVM’s married studenthousing,about4milesfromcampus,andnearby apartments and residence halls. Group houses or shared apartments in walking or biking distance from school are popular off-campus choices.

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