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University of Wisconsin Medical School

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In 1907 the University of Wisconsin Medical School was established as a 2-year program and did not become a 4-year program until 1924. At present, the University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences incorporates the Medical School, University Hospital, Clinics, Psychiatric Research Institute, schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences, and the State Hygiene Laboratory.


4-year semimodern. The curriculum emphasizes the acquisition of core doctoring skills. Students spend time in doctors’offices from the first week of school and continue to build their skills over the next 4 years by means of a core curriculum component, which is interdisciplinary. First year: A cohesive series of courses designed to build a firm base in the biomedical concepts of normal human growth and development. Second year: Context courses emphasize organ systems and the common diseases and abnormalities that occur. Throughout thefirst2years,amixtureoflectures,small-group,standardized patient, and clinical experiences are utilized. Third year: Clerkships expose students to a wide variety of clinical settings. Fourth year: Consists of an acting internship in medicine, 4 weeks in surgery and a preceptorship, and 18 weeks of electives.

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Minority admissions: Recruitment is coordinated by the Office of Student Services. Accepted students can enter a summer program. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD and MD-MS degrees are offered in the basic sciences.


The basic premedical sciences are required as well as 1 year of mathematics. An advanced biology course is required. English, biochemistry, quantitative analysis, and calculus are recommended. Few nonresidents are accepted. The minimum amount of college work prior to matriculation is 3 years; however, earning a baccalaureate is highly desirable. The MCAT is also required. Factors considered in the selection process are intellectual ability and such personal characteristics as motivation, communication skills, and breadth of interests. Transfer and advanced standing: Very few transfers accepted into third-year class.


Examinations are given at the end of each semester during the first and second years and at the end of the third and fourth years. Grades, recorded by letter or number, are given by a committee of faculty members. Students must record a passing total score on Step 1 of the USMLE for promotion to the third year and on Step 2 for graduation. Teaching: The school’s major teaching facility is the University of Wisconsin Hospitals, consisting of 6 hospitals under one administration. There are also Bardeen Laboratories for teaching and research and the McArdle Laboratory for cancer research. Other: The Medical Science Building provides research laboratories, and the Service Memorial Institute houses research laboratories, teaching laboratories, and lecture rooms. The State Hygiene Laboratory is concerned with the diagnosis, control, and eradication of communicable diseases, and the Genetics Building accommodates classrooms and laboratories. Library: The William S. Middleton Medical Library holds about 150,000 volumes and receives about 2000 serial publications. Housing: Students live in either rooms or apartments with other students. Married students are eligible for housing in the University Eagle Heights Apartments.

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