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.

URSMD COVID-19 Response

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry’s MD education program has implemented and is planning 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 will become a virtual experience so no one will travel to Rochester.

Regarding our currently enrolled medical students, for courses in the first two years of the curriculum, all lectures will be digitally recorded and available for students to view.  Only essential small group instruction will occur in groups of 25 or less with most being in groups of 10.  Clinical experiences in the first two years are currently being assessed as we follow advice provided by AAMC.

For instruction in the second two years, students will continue to complete required clinical rotations and electives.  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.

Match Day which is when fourth year medical students learn of their residency positions has been significantly scaled back with only members of the Class of 2020 being allowed to gather. Visitors, staff, and faculty will not be allowed to attend. 

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

As students in the first two years may have traveled or will be traveling during vacations, we have put into place a system for students to share their travel locations.  In the event there is an outbreak of COVID-19 we can identify students who were in that region and facilitate their evaluation by University Health Services.  

As the situation is dynamic, we will make modifications to our current plans and students will continue to receive details and changes through email.