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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.

University statement on Supreme Court affirmative action ruling:

"...we once again affirm the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we recognize that higher education and society at-large benefit from the diversity of thought that emerges from the open exchange of ideas among people from different backgrounds, identities, experiences, and beliefs."

Why Rochester?

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

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Our People

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

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YoUR Future

UR medical graduates are highly desired across the nation. Check out the opportunities for your future.

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MD Class of 2023

Rochester's Medical School at a Glance


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What's New?

School of Medicine & Dentistry MD Program Receives Full Accreditation from National Committee
The medical student education program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) earned full accreditation for the next 8 years from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA), the LCME determines whether medical education programs meet established quality standards and continually strive to improve in areas such as educational resources and infrastructure, curriculum management, evaluation and enhancement, and student support. Accreditation qualifies an institution for relevant federal grants and programs and ensures graduates are eligible for licensing exams required to practice medicine in the U.S.

URMC Announces First-of-its-Kind Alliance to Expand Health Care Access to Rural Communities
The University of Rochester Medical Center has announced a first-of-its-kind initiative to improve health care access and wellness outcomes in rural communities in Upstate New York through the distribution of telehealth stations conveniently located at local bank branches. Woven into the fabric of rural towns, banks offer the ideal physical location to bridge the geographic divide between patients and providers, offering a vital touchpoint to reach an underserved population.

A Match Made; Medical Students Learn Where They Will Train During Nationwide Ceremony
From Rochester's class of 2024, 30 students will stay at the University of Rochester Medical Center for their residency training (the same as last year) and the others will go elsewhere. The majority are staying in New York state (42) followed next by Pennsylvania (7), then California (5), and the rest of the 2024 graduates will be in 26 other states including the District of Columbia. Overall, UR SMD students pursuing residency training were placed in 23 different specialties, with the largest concentrations in Internal Medicine (15), Psychiatry (10), Family Medicine (8) and Pediatrics (7).

What The Streets Teach
Classes teach medicine, but Street Outreach helps teach how to connect with patients in ways that most students would never expect. It asks student volunteers to have hope for people who have sometimes lost all hope themselves, mirroring how society tends to view them. At times, these volunteers are trying to support people who have nobody else left who believes in them.

If the future of medicine depends on more equitable health care, participants in this program would say that learning on the streets of Rochester is helping to prepare them for that future.

Class of 2027 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.