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Since awarding its first medical degrees more than 165 years ago, the University of Missouri has developed one of the nation's most progressive medical education programs and fastest-growing research programs. The MU School of Medicine currently offers three distinct learning tracks — undergraduate medical education for medical students, graduate medical education for residents and fellows, and doctorate and master's degree programs in the basic sciences, health management and informatics. Students may also pursue a course of study that combines medicine and the basic sciences through the Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program.
Each learning track benefits from educational experiences provided by the university's patient care and research programs. The medical school's continuing medical education (CME) office helps ensure that graduates have access to resources that support lifelong learning and professional development
MU's undergraduate medical education program accepts 104 students each year through a traditional application process, as well as a pre-admissions program for rural students. A patient-based learning (PBL), previously called problem-based learning, curriculum uses patient cases to teach medical students the basic sciences in the context of a real physician practice. The small-group learning environment is supported by early exposure to patient care, a rural track that offers clinical education in underserved areas, and many other innovative programs. MU's medical student program has been profiled in the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, which has also published an extensive study on the success of MU's problem-based learning curriculum.
More than 30 percent of MU physician graduates stay at the university for its graduate medical education (GME) programs, which prepare residents and fellows to practice in a specific specialty. MU's medical school has more than 400 residents and fellows in 37 specialty programs. The programs focus on the development of clinical skills, professional competencies and factual knowledge required by each specialty. The school's residents and fellows benefit from a close association with other physicians, active participation in patient care and teaching, and a variety of opportunities to pursue their research interests.
The University of Missouri School of Medicine educates more than 200 students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees. The degree programs include biochemistry, molecular microbiology and immunology, pharmacology and physiology, pathology and anatomical sciences, nutrition and exercise physiology, and health management and informatics. Students in these programs typically pursue a two- to five-year course of study that is interwoven with the scholarly activities of the faculty researchers in their degree programs.