Medical Education and Clinical Training

The University of Minnesota Medical School curriculum integrates core basic scientific and clinical education from the start of year one. Key elements of our curriculum include:

  • Integrating basic science and clinical learning across all 4 years of medical school
  • Direct faculty feedback for ongoing student learning and improvement
  • Active, experiential learning
  • Competency-based student assessment

The result is the training of reflective, ethical, and curious practitioners whose approach to analyzing clinical problems is patient-centered, informed by literature, and considers issues across the bio-psycho-social spectrum.

The University of Minnesota Medical School is the only medical school in the Twin Cities, providing students a unique opportunity to access diverse patient communities within the entire Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Students will experience a comprehensive set of training settings at any of several hospitals and clinics serving the area’s nearly 3.5 million inhabitants.

The Academic Health Center has positioned the Medical School to foster a spirit of collaboration that provides a unique learning opportunity for students that is unmatched in other medical schools. Medical students at the U of MN students train alongside future nurses, dentists, public health practitioners, pharmacists and even veterinarians. Practicing physicians are part of care teams that include these other professionals working together to keep individuals and communities healthy and treating them when they are sick; the foundations for these future working relationships are established early in your training here. When it comes to curing and treating disease, we understand that “it takes a village.” In fact, this is a hallmark of our success.