About the School of Medicine


To prepare graduates so they are able to enter and complete graduate programs in medical education, qualify for medical licensure, provide competent medical care, and have the educational background necessary for lifelong learning in order to address the health care needs of our state and nation;

To implement a model of medical education that …

  • Integrates the humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, and clinical medicine throughout a combined baccalaureate/M.D. degree curriculum;
  • Is built around a docent system in which a physician-scholar serves as teacher, role model, advisor, counselor, and ombudsman for a small group of students;
  • Permits continuous assessment of student progress;
  • Emphasizes problem-solving and active learning techniques;
  • Demonstrates a multidisciplinary approach to patient care;
  • Encourages the admission and retention of qualified students from diverse backgrounds

To be cost-effective by …

  • Drawing upon faculty in the university’s School of Biological Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Employing non-tenured clinical faculty;
  • Utilizing community physicians as volunteer clinical faculty and using a diverse set of community facilities and hospitals as major educational sites;

To provide a scholarly base for quality patient care;

To advance research programs in clinical medicine, basic sciences and medical education;

To support, coordinate, and monitor residency and fellowship programs of high quality in affiliated hospitals; and,

To encourage faculty to develop continuing medical education programs for internal and external constituencies.