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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


3-year average pass rate for USMLE STEP 1


of students identify with groups under-represented in medicine


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What's New?

Golisano Children's Hospital Opens New Pediatric Mental Health Urgent Care Center
Today, Golisano Children’s Hospital (GCH) leaders, faculty, staff, and donors cut the ribbon on a new pediatric behavioral health urgent care center, the first of its kind in upstate New York.

The new Brighter Days Pediatric Mental Health Urgent Care Center is the area’s first-ever walk-in mental health clinic for young people up to the age of 18, who can show up with no prior appointment to get care. Supported with $1 million from the Brighter Days Foundation, the facility will open for patients on July 15.

New Art Space in Neurology Embraces Diversity and Equity
The Department of Neurology has opened the doors on a new art gallery that will feature diverse artistic voices. Under the stewardship of noted Rochester artist Shawn Dunwoody, the Unity Gallery will leverage art to provoke thought, encourage dialogue, and celebrate the voices, minds, and faces that shape the community and medicine.

The Unity Gallery is in Department of Neurology’s Joynt Corridor located in 5.4300 in Strong Memorial Hospital and is open to visitors from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekdays. The works can also be viewed virtually on the Unity Gallery website.

Tom Golisano makes $50 million commitment to the University of Rochester to build the new Golisano Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Institute
The University of Rochester announced today that entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader B. Thomas “Tom” Golisano has made a historic $50 million commitment, making it possible to build the Golisano Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The new world-class transdisciplinary center will provide solutions to the health and quality of life issues that affect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Those with IDD are a traditionally underserved population, with approximately 19,000 people affected locally, 120,000 regionally, and 200 million worldwide.

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.