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Transforming the Learner

At the University of Rochester, we know that you aren't just choosing a medical school. You’re looking for the place where you will begin your transformation.

We prepare you for the art and the science of your life’s work. We are guided by the core principle of Meliora, meaning “Ever Better.” We aspire to be a medical school of the highest order, where individuals can achieve their highest objectives, unhindered by constraints on access, creativity, or participation.

From the start of your medical education, you will get new opportunities and perspectives. From our Double Helix curriculum, which gives you early clinical experiences, to our revolutionary biopsychosocial model, helping you develop into a doctor who sees not only disease, but the complete person.

This is the beginning of your journey. Let us help you change the world through your individual path.

Why Rochester?

The biopsychosocial model and the Double Helix curriculum are just two of the things that make us unique.

Our People

Check out our class profile, and get an inside look at a day in the life of a Rochester medical student.

YoUR Journey

Early patient exposure, amazing research opportunities, and combined degrees. Learn about your journey at Rochester.

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Rochester Med Students on Instagram

This account celebrates the achievements and highlights events for both current and prospective medical school students from students' perspectives.

MD Class of 2022

Rochester's Medical School at a Glance


3-year average pass rate for USMLE STEP 1


of students identify with groups under-represented in medicine


different states represented by students


3-year average match rate

What's New?

Strong Expansion Project Receives $50M in State Funding

The Strong Expansion Project will add more than 200 examination/treatment and patient observation stations in phases to the Strong ED and Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), increasing in size from 46,000 to 175,000 square feet. Plans also include a new nine-story inpatient bed tower scheduled for completion in 2027, which will add additional ED space and floors for future operating rooms and treatment services for cardiovascular patients, along with more than 100 private inpatient rooms.

UR Medicine Opens Region's First Ambulatory Orthopaedic Surgery Center
The UR Medicine Orthopaedics Surgery Center is the first in the world to offer a Clean Cube operating room, which offers automated disinfection and air handling systems for optimum patient safety.

Class of 2026 Code of Conduct
Every year, our incoming class creates a Code of Conduct which is a reminder to our students why they have chosen medicine. 

Tearing with Tradition: Aspiring Doctors Learn Where They Will Train on Match Day
From Rochester's class of 2023, 32 students will stay at the University of Rochester Medical Center for their residency training and 70 will go elsewhere. The majority are staying in New York State (44) followed next by Pennsylvania (10), then California (9), and the rest of the 2023 graduates will be in 18 other states. Overall, UR SMD students pursuing residency training were placed in 23 different specialties, with the largest concentrations in Internal Medicine (19), Anesthesiology (9), Pediatrics (8), and Emergency Medicine (8).