The Medical College of Wisconsin, originally part of
Marquette University, was founded in the 1890s. It is
the educational division of the Milwaukee Regional
Medical Center, which also contains 6 other health care
institutions. The college relocated its educational facilitiesin1978,fromdowntownMilwaukeetotheMedical
Center campus in the west suburban section of the city.
4-year semitraditional. First and second years: Basic
medical sciences, in addition to a new course that provides first- and second-year students with integrated
early generalist experiences, the foundation skills and
attitudes of professional development, and knowledge
in the following disciplines: human behavior, bioethics
and care of the terminally ill, information management,
physical diagnosis, and health care systems. Third and
fourth years: This time is devoted to rotating clerkships
inmajorandsomeminorspecialties.Sixmonthsofelectives, including study at another school, are offered
during senior year. This school offers a five-year program and an Extended Curriculum Option for students
needing more time to complete the requirement for the
MD degree. In the five-year program, the standard firstyear coursework is expanded over a 2-year interval. In
the Extended Curriculum Option the choice is given to
expand the first or the second year. The third clinical
clerkship year and fourth elective course year must be
completed over the usual time. Full tuition and fees are
charged during the first four years of the program and
reduced tuition and fees are charged in the fifth year.
The Extended Curriculum Option was designed for students who wish to expand either of the first 2 years for
nonacademic reasons. This may include a commitment
to an ongoing research project or to help meet the
demands of family life. Special permission needs to be
granted in order to participate in either of these programs.
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Minority admissions: The school encourages students
belonging to underrepresented groups to apply. The
Required courses include the basic premedical science
courses plus a 1-year course in English and in algebra
(if not taken in high school). Applicants are evaluated
on the basis of their college record and MCAT scores,
as well as subjective elements such as their recommendations and interview and a personal statement. The
latter is given considerable weight. A significant number of nonresidents are accepted. Transfer: May be
considered based on space availability.
applicant’s credentials, evaluates motivation and cultural and educational background. The Office of
AcademicAffairs/Diversity offers various programs to
assist such students. Other degree programs: The
school has combined MD-PhD programs in the basic
medical sciences, including biophysics. MS programs
in biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as an MA in
bioethics are also offered.
A 5.0 grading system (Honors/High Pass/Pass/Low
Pass/Fail) is used. Students must take Step 1 of the
USMLE and record a passing total score for promotion
to the fourth year. Step 2 must be taken and a score
Teaching: Clinical instruction takes place at 4 major
hospitals: Froedtert Hospital, VA Hospital, Children’s
Hospital of Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Psychiatric
Hospital. Library: A comprehensive medical library is
available for student and staff use. Housing: On-campus housing is not offered.
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