Why Minnesota?

The University of Minnesota Medical School has a lot to offer. Here are some opportunities to shape your experience with us.

Top reasons to choose the University of Minnesota Medical School

Research Opportunities
Ample research opportunities. 

The University of Minnesota Medical School is committed to research excellence to solve the health challenges of patients in Minnesota and across the globe. Students and residents are encouraged to engage in research and scholarship with the help of faculty mentors, an online application to search for research opportunities, and increased funding to support student participation.

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You're part of a comprehensive Academic Health Center.

At the University of Minnesota, our Academic Health Center (AHC) is composed of six colleges and schools including the Medical School, the School of Nursing, the School of Dentistry, the School of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. You will be exposed to interprofessional education, interdisciplinary research, and collaboration with students and faculty across the health sciences, all of which positively impacts your education experience as well as patient care.

Rich exposure to diverse patient populations. 

We work with a range of patients at various clinical training sites in rural and urban areas of Minnesota. With the immigrant population outpacing the national average, in addition to U.S. born patients you will encounter patients from Mexico, India, Laos, Somalia, Vietnam, Thailand (including Hmong), China, Korea, Ethiopia, and Canada with 80 percent of immigrants living in the Twin Cities metro area.

Immersive clerkships and programs enhance your learning experience.

As an MD student, you can discover the benefits of the longstanding Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) and the parallel urban program, MetroPAP, to newer programs like Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum (EPAC) and Veterans Administration Longitudinal Undergraduate Education (VALUE). Our longitudinal curriculum model provides students with an exceptional learning experience. You will engage with faculty preceptors, patients, and peers for several months to a year, all while achieving your core competencies.

Collaborative learning environment. 

Students work and study together as lab and small group partners, body buddies, and project team members. More importantly, you will work with your classmates—your peers—in an environment characterized by professionalism, including honesty, integrity, collegiality, respectful interactions, inquisitiveness, and humility, as you develop individually and collectively in the profession of medicine.

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The Flex MD program.

Choose your own pathway to the MD degree by enhancing your medical training with supplemental experiences in research, international medicine, dual degree or fellowship programs at the University of Minnesota, or at other institutions across the country and around the world. Make the MD degree relevant to your career goals as a future physician.

International medical education.

We offer a Global Medical Education and Research (GMER) program to engage in global health experiences in the U.S. or at any of 11 international affiliate sites around the world. GMER also facilitates the cross-cultural experience of international students who want to study at the University of Minnesota. Students can participate in global health programs as early as the first year of medical school and gain credit toward graduation for international work during their final year of medical school.

Be prepared for residency.

We work one-on-one with our students to ensure they have the best possible chance to thrive as residents. We believe in the full continuum of education, and seeing our students successful at each stage of their career. As a result, many of our students match to residency programs across the state, country, and world, that suit their interests and special skills.

Inclusive, friendly community.

We value diverse points of view and people from diverse backgrounds. Through our supportive community structure and myriad flexible options, we work to accommodate your unique interests and talents. Learn how students are finding their place at the University of Minnesota Medical School and making us their home.

Excellence in clinical medicine, research, education, and health care leadership.

The University of Minnesota ranks 6th for primary care and 34th for research compared to other U.S. and Canadian medical schools (U.S. News and World Report, 2015). Faculty at the University of Minnesota are leaders in five key research areas: cancer, brain diseases, diabetes, infectious disease, and cardiovascular disease.

We have 26 teaching hospitals and 31 other clinical training sites.

Medical students train at a variety of clinics and training hospitals in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area and throughout the state of Minnesota. Without competing forces from other medical schools, students have access to various systems of health care, quality clerkship experiences, and multiple specialized elective experiences.

Opportunities to get involved in the community. 

Experience community engagement early and throughout your training at the University of Minnesota with early exposure to patients in the first year, required community service learning, and volunteer opportunities through various student-run community clinics and advocacy groups. Your interest in serving and improving the human condition will be nurtured at the University of Minnesota.

Our MD students gain hands-on experience with research, simulation labs, volunteering, and programs situated in rural, urban, and international settings. 

Minnesota offers exceptional cultural, social, and recreational opportunities. Discover what it’s like to live in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) and Duluth.