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Groundbreaking medical research and discoveries. Unparalleled teaching resources. Innovative patient care. 

The University of Minnesota Medical School is where these three elements meet to produce some of the most well-prepared health professionals in Minnesota and beyond. In fact, we currently provide nearly 70% of the state’s health professionals and have one of the country’s strongest family practice programs.

History of innovation

Since 1888, we’ve prepared generations of physicians and medical researchers. Through the years , the Medical School has fostered groundbreaking work in areas like cardiology and organ transplants. The discoveries of our esteemed graduates have led to a thriving biosciences industry in Minnesota, with the formation of Medtronic and other medical companies. 

Today, our world-class medical researchers are poised to make major discoveries in areas like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.  These and other key areas of research make up our Corridors of Discovery, and are clustered in the University’s new state-of-the-art  Biomedical Discovery District.

Collaboration is key

Such a broad health science environment provides Medical School students and faculty unparalleled opportunities for interprofessional education and interdisciplinary research.

This environment of collaboration has resulted in discoveries with very practical applications, like new ways to use stem cells in treating a lethal skin disease or to re-grow damaged heart muscles.

It is this dedication to cutting-edge research and collaboration with leading professionals that allows our Medical School to provide one of the finest learning and teaching environments in the nation.

The Medical School serves as the foundation for a large academic health center, comprised of the schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine, and nursing.


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The University of Minnesota Medical School is a special place. This is where I got my start. When I was a resident in pathology here, I was inspired by my professors, by my fellow residents, and by the commitment to excellence that I witnessed from everyone associated with the school.


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The University of Minnesota Medical School celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Founded in 1888 as the College of Medicine and Surgery, the school has evolved over time to become a leader in medical education and research.

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