Medical Education

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD) is dedicated to training future humanistic physicians who are leaders in clinical medicine, research, and administration. The “Double Helix Curriculum—Translations and Transitions” integrates clinical and basic science throughout four years emphasizing the Biopsychosocial Model. Our curriculum includes instruction in the pillars of Collaborative Care, Technology in Medicine, and Professional Identity Formation. Our instruction utilizes a variety of modalities including problem based learning, small group experiences, simulation, and team based learning. Medical Humanities transcend our curriculum to facilitate education in innovative and creative ways. Outcomes assessments guide students in achieving excellence.

There are numerous research opportunities, elective pathways, and international opportunities to further assist students in achieving their long-term educational and career goals. The school is committed to setting the highest standards in medical education and serving as a national model for innovation and continuous improvement in medical student education. We welcome your exploration of our website which will allow you to appreciate the Rochester difference.

Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Whether you are a student joining us in person or a faculty member, friend or relative joining us online, our May 14 Commencement Ceremony is a chance to celebrate our remarkable graduates and their achievements, as well as those receiving awards. Please click here to view the Class of 2021 Awards and Honors. 

Due to COVID-19, the ceremony will be in-person for students only. Watch the live broadcast and search for candidates by clicking here.

URSMD COVID-19 Response

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry’s MD education program implemented a number of changes in response to COVID-19 to maximize the health and safety of applicants, medical students, and the community.  We closely reviewed guidance provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and continue to do so.  Additionally, we have been in touch with many other medical schools in New York State and throughout the United States to maintain approaches that are consistent with other schools.

During the 2020-21 academic year, courses in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the DHC—TT curriculum, all lectures are digitally recorded and available for students to view.  Problem Based Learning session, instruction on history taking and physical exams, and skill building sessions are conducted in person with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

All clinical clerkships are occurring this academic year with no reduction in clinical weeks.  Students have direct patient care throughout all four phases of our curriculum including our Phase 2 Primary Care Clerkship.

All medical students were offered COVID immunizations in January in accordance with New York State policies. We have worked with students on our Wellness & Resilience committee to optimize health during this challenging year.

Many of our volunteer activities including our student run clinics and homeless outreach were interrupted only briefly in January during the recent wave of COVID cases. 

We have preserved our educational program through the dedication and thoughtful approach of our faculty, administrative support individuals and the support of our medical center, community, and affiliates.

We may make modifications as situations dictate and students will continue to receive details and changes through email.  We know we can deliver a great deal of our program in person. We are confident that the talent and resilience of our medical school community will allow all of us to continue to be successful in the year ahead.