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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.

Patient-Focused to Make Health Care Ever Better

“The biopsychosocial model is 100% lived here. You're in a tight-knit community that values respect, integrity, diversity, advocacy, and patient-centered care. People recognize and engage with each other in a patient-focused way. That’s a difference–maker.”

David Bernstein
MD Class of 2019

David Bernstein

Rochester's Medical School at a Glance

99%

3-year average pass rate for USMLE STEP 1

22%

of students identify with groups under-represented in medicine

39

different states represented by students

99%

3-year average match rate

What's New?

Making a Match: Rochester Medical Students Gather Together to Mark Next Step in Training

Fourth-year medical students at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry found out where they’ll be spending the next chapter of their medical careers. Match Day – the annual ceremony where students across the U.S. open envelopes containing the name of the institution where they’ll train as residents – was held in person for the first time since 2019. 

Diverse minds and determined hearts make change: Forging equitability in Neuroscience
The Neuroscience Diversity Commission is organized across three main action groups – Pathways, Cultural Transformation, and Community Connections. Under the Pathways umbrella, two programs aim to provide real-world lab access to historically marginalized, minoritized, or excluded students.

URMC Among Busiest Centers for Advanced Heart Failure Care in U.S.
The University of Rochester Medical Center’s 20 years of experience with mechanical heart pumps for heart failure survival has made it one of the busiest programs in the country. Strong Memorial Hospital is one of the top three sites for patients who need high-tech pumps to survive advanced congestive heart failure.

Class of 2025 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. 

Study: Art at the Bedside of Cancer Patients is Good Medicine
The daughter of an artist and former fashion designer, Emily Gore, a fourth-year student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, was looking for a research project that would marry her love of art with medicine. The results of her randomized clinical trial are reported in the journal Supportive Care in Cancershowing that anxiety was significantly lower among patients who viewed art at the bedside.