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.

The Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony

Last week, in a ceremony like none before, the School of Medicine and Dentistry inducted 104 medical students, a rite of passage in their journey into medicine during the annual Robert L. & Lillian H. Brent White Coat Ceremony. 

URSMD COVID-19 Response

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry’s MD education program has implemented a number of changes in response to COVID-19 to maximize the health and safety of applicants, medical students, and the community.  We have closely reviewed guidance provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and will 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.

All individuals who have applied to our medical school and were granted an interview have completed their interviews.  Our “second look” weekend to revisit the medical school for students who have been admitted was conducted as a virtual experience so no one traveled to Rochester.

Regarding our currently enrolled medical students, for courses in the first two years of the curriculum, all lectures are digitally recorded and available for students to view.  Small group instruction including Problem Based Learning and Team Based Learning is conducted virtually.  Clinical experiences in the first two years were suspended and any content not able to be delivered through other means will be delivered in the next academic year.

All clinical clerkships in the third year and electives were suspended as of March 15th.  No students will be involved in the evaluation or care of any patients suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19. As medical students often complete electives at other medical schools and hospitals, we currently have no students completing electives away and we will not approve any for the foreseeable future.  Additionally, we will not accept any students from other U.S. or international institutions at this time.

We have canceled all student volunteer activities, social events, and non-essential educational talks except for those volunteer activities that are within the university.  We have notified students who were planning to complete international work over the summer or in the next academic year that this will not be possible and alternative plans should be made.  

As the situation is dynamic, we will make modifications to our current plans and students will continue to receive details and changes through email.  We are confident that the talent and resilience of our medical school community will allow all of us to be successful in the weeks and months ahead.