The UConn School of Medicine was established in 1961 and is part of the UConn system of higher learning. Situated in suburban Farmington on the 160 acre campus of UConn Health, the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Graduate School in the Biomedical Sciences represent the scholastic side of the academic medical center.
One of the school’s main beliefs is that physicians are scientists. Physicians also need to appreciate the art of practicing medicine. Empathy and understanding the cultural background of individuals is important. The educational structure is designed to reflect these principles. The curriculum emphasizes problem-based learning, chronic care, ambulatory experiences, disease prevention, and rehabilitation, among other medical aspects of human health, and always within the context of scientifically-based knowledge and conclusion.
Medical students play a role in patients' health from the very start. In their first week of medical school, students are assigned to a community physician and begin their clinical education. The curriculum complements the practical experience, and classroom and small group instruction and discussion, shaping and refining students’ problem-solving, diagnostic, and treatment skills. An equally important principle is that physicians should be humanists. Students are admitted not just on their academic standing, but on their extracurricular activities and achievements. The practice of medicine needs skilled, well-rounded physicians who can relate to their patients, not just as practitioners and care-givers, but also as people.
“Excellent Care through Research, Education and Engagement” is a statement of our highest priorities. Research – the discovery of new knowledge – is what the scientist does. Education – of physicians – is our reason for being. Engagement – the understanding of diversity and inclusion – lies at the heart of empathy. Scientifically adept and empathetic physicians provide the best care because of their skills and the best-practices management they provide.
The school’s classes consist of 98 students per year with a plan to expand to 110 students each class. The increase in size is aimed at meeting the physician shortage in CT and the nation.
The primary mission of the UConn School of Medicine is innovation, discovery, and education. The school trains the next generation of medical students, residents, specialty fellows, and clinical practitioners in an environment of exemplary patient care, research, and public service. The School of Medicine's mission is reflected in its programs, which incorporate four basic interrelated goals:
- to advance knowledge through basic, biomedical, clinical, translational, behavioral, and social research;
- to provide educational opportunities for Connecticut and U.S. residents pursuing careers in the patient care professions, education, public health, biomedical and/or behavioral sciences;
- to develop, demonstrate, and deliver health care services based on effectiveness, efficiency, and the application of the latest advances in clinical, translational and health care research;
- to help health care professionals maintain their competence through continuing education programs.
The educational experience in the School of Medicine is both student-centered and patient-centered. Students meet their first patient on the first day of school and are involved in longitudinal care of patients with a primary care physician with half-day sessions in a community practice with a primary care physician. Our curriculum is designed to produce physicians dedicated to superior patient care, service to community and scientific inquiry.
The School of Medicine is devoted to demanding excellence while nurturing students. Careful cultivation begins with admission, through the enrollment process and continues through the entire medical school experience. Faculty and residents play vital roles as teachers, mentors, guides, advisors and colleagues.
Our new curriculum begins in August 2016. The first 18 months will continue as a pass/fail curriculum which has been in place since the inception of the school. This promotes a collaborative environment and Stage one of the curriculum will rely on teamwork, and learning communities. Our new curriculum sets high standards for competency with many opportunities for active learning, reinforcement, and academic and career coaching.
UConn School of Medicine provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will allow them to succeed in any chosen specialty field. The school especially prides itself on providing exceptional training for the practice of high quality patient-centered clinical medicine, as well as students who value leadership, scholarship, and service to patients and communities.