2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Mar 20, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Medicine, M.D.

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The School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the national body accrediting medical schools.

School of Medicine
Website: medicine.utah.edu
Address: 30 N. 1900 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Office of Admissions - M.D. Program
Website: medicine.utah.edu
Email: deans.admissions@hsc.utah.edu
Phone: 801-581-7498
Office of Student Affairs - M.D. Program
Website: medicine.utah.edu/students/current-students/
Email: studentaffairs@hsc.utah.edu
Phone: 801-581-2711

Minimum Degree Hours: 181

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree is required to enter the University of Utah School of Medicine. Applicants must complete their schooling from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation to medical school. The University of Utah School of Medicine does not recommend or require any specific undergraduate academic major. We recommend that students choose a major field for which they have enthusiasm and interest. 

Premedical Education

Premedical courses must be taken for a passing grade from a fully accredited institution in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation to medical school. 

  • Chemistry: Two years that should include both a general chemistry series including all applicable laboratories (incorporating both quantitative and qualitative analysis) and an organic chemistry series that includes all applicable laboratories. Advanced Placement credit earned with a score of four or five satisfies one semester of this requirement. Applicants must complete the applicable laboratories.
  • Physics: One year with all applicable laboratories.
  • Writing/Speech: One year of courses that emphasize written and/or verbal communication.
  • Biology: Two courses - one course must be in cellular biology or biochemistry.
  • Social Science: One course (History, Economics, Anthropology, Psychology, etc.)
  • Humanities: One course (Art, Music, Drama, Literature, etc.)        
Grade Point Average (GPA)

The minimum acceptable GPA is 3.2. Applicants with a science, non-science or overall GPA below 3.2 will not be considered. The average GPA is approximately 3.6 in science, non-science and overall. 

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

All applicants are required to take the MCAT within three years of their application. The minimum acceptable score for each section of the January, 2015 MCAT is 7. The average overall score is 30. If the test is taken after April 1, 2015, only the scores from the latest test will be accepted. The minimum acceptable score is 123 in each of the four sections.

American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

Applications should be submitted to AMCAS. Applications must be submitted to AMCAS no later than 11:59 pm EST on November 1st. Early Decision Program (EDP): Applications must be submitted to AMCAS no later than 11:50 pm EST on August 1.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must achieve at least the minimum level of performance in all 7 areas and be average or above in 5 out of the 7 areas in order to be eligible for further consideration. 

Academic Requirements

  • GPA
  • MCAT scores

Required Activities

  • Community/Volunteer Service
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Physician Shadowing
  • Patient Exposure
Secondary Materials
  • Application Fee: $75
  • Essay Question
  • Premedical Course List
  • Activities Form
  • State Certification for Idaho legal state residents
  • Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are a very important part of the application. Applicants should request letters from professors and supervisors who know them well and can accurately comment on their qualifications for medical school.  The University of Utah School of Medicine requires letters of recommendation that document participation in the 4 specific areas listed below.

Two Academic Letters 

  1. Science Professor - Letter must be from a faculty member who taught the applicant in a traditional lecture classroom setting and assigned them a grade in chemistry, biology, physics, engineering and math.
  2. Professor - Letter must be from a faculty member who taught the applicant and assigned them a grade.  May include science, and non-science courses such as  English, history, music, labs, dance, etc.

Two Supervisor Letters

  1. Community Service or Patient Exposure - Letter must address the applicant’s community service and/or patient exposure. Letter must clearly state that the letter writer supervised the applicant and what the applicant’s role was in providing community service or patient exposure.  A shadowing letter from a physician will not be accepted.
  2. Other Supervisor or Research - Letter must be from a research supervisor or supervisor of the applicant’s choice. The letter must include a detailed description of the activity and the applicant’s role. May include involvement in academics, athletics, physician shadowing, patient exposure, volunteering, employment (including military), etc.
Premedical Advisors

Premedical advisors are available to assist students and alumni in their preparation and application to medical school.

Graduation Requirements

  • Pass satisfactorily all courses required by the M.D. Program as well as 24 credits of electives
  • Pass the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and Step 2 Clinical Skills

Dual Degrees

M.D./Ph.D. Program

Website: medicine.utah.edu/mdphd/
Program Manager: Janet Bassett
Email: janet.bassett@hsc.utah.edu
Phone: 801-585-6408

The school offers a combined M.D. /Ph.D. training program to applicants with an outstanding record of achievement and a commitment to a career in biomedical science.  At least 3 additional years beyond the standard 4-year curriculum is required to complete the M.D./Ph.D. program.

Applications should be made through AMCAS. Applications must be submitted to AMCAS no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 1. Applications are available for U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents only. Applicants must meet all of the requirements for the M.D. program. No exceptions are allowed.

Combined Degree Programs

Website: medicine.utah.edu/students/programs/other/combined/

M.D./M.S.P.H. and M.D./M.P.H. Programs

The combined M.D./M.S.P.H. (Master of Science in Public Health) or M.D./M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) degrees combine clinical training with the perspective and skills of public health and preventive medicine. The M.P.H. degree requires 45 credit hours of course work. The MSPH requires 55 credit hours of course work and is a research-based degree.

Students who wish to apply for the combined M.D./M.S.P.H. or M.D./M.P.H. degree after initial matriculation into medical school must have approval from the Dean of Student Affairs prior to admission into the program.  Applications must be made prior to June 30 after the second year in medical school. Students are required to take a Leave of Absence from the medical school to complete the degree requirement. The leave should be taken between the second and third years of medical school. It is expected that part of the fourth year of medical school will be used to conduct research and write a required thesis or publishable paper for the M.S.P.H degree.

At least one additional year beyond the standard 4-year curriculum is required to complete the M.D./M.S.P.H. and M.D./M.P.H. combined degree programs.

A formal application to the Graduate School is required. If a student is accepted to medical school, he or she may substitute the MCAT for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement.

M.D./M.B.A. Program

The combined M.D./M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) degree is offered through a joint program with the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. One year beyond the standard four-year M.D. curriculum is required to complete the M.D./M.B.A. degree program. The M.B.A. degree requires 50 credit hours of course work which is concentrated in the fourth year with additional courses integrated into the fifth year.

Students who wish to apply for the combined M.D./M.B.A. degree after initial matriculation into medical school must have approval from the Dean of Student Affairs prior to admissions into the program. A formal application to the David Eccles School of Business is required during the third year. Requirements include three short essays, two letters of recommendation, and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Further information can be obtained from Dr. Brad Poss at brad.poss@hsc.utah.edu.

Requirements for Medicine, M.D.

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Phase IV

Required Courses
  • Advanced Internal Medicine (4 credits) - INTMD 7500
  • Core Sub-Internship (4 credits) - 5 course options
  • Critical Care Clerkship (4 credits) - 12 course options
  • Transition to Internship (2 credits) - MD ID 7410
  • Two IPE Experiences (1 credit total)

Students must complete a minimum of 24 elective credits.

  • Electives can be taken during Phases I-IV.
  • 12 credits must be clinical rotations.
  • Not more than 12 credits can be taken at away institutions.
  • Not more than 8 credits of research will be counted towards graduation requirements.

Students select a specific specialty to focus on in their 4th year. Each specialty has recommendations for required Phase IV courses and electives.

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Genetics
  • Med-Peds
  • Neurology
  • Neuro-Peds
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physician Scientists
  • Plastic Surgery
  • PM&R
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Triple Board
  • Urology

For information on electives, click HERE.

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