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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 typically accepts 96 students each year through a traditional application process, as well as a pre-admissions program for rural students. A problem-based learning (PBL) 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.
Residents and Fellows
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.
PhD and Master's Degree Students
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.
Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Missouri and its School of Medicine share the following definitions of diversity and inclusion. Diversity is reflective of a community of people of differing genders, racial-ethnic backgrounds, languages, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, abilities and disabilities, national and geographical origins, socio-economic class, veterans' status and political views. Inclusion means that diversity should be included as an integral component of every effort to improve education, research and patient care. Inclusion should be reflected in the campus climate, curriculum, intellectual discourse, leadership, scholarly products, and recruitment and retention efforts.
The MU School of Medicine promotes an inclusive academic health care community. A diverse population offers a rich environment that leads to greater knowledge, understanding, acceptance and mutual respect. The school's faculty members embrace MU's commitment to diversity and recognize the special role of the medical school in the development of a physician workforce prepared to serve an increasingly diverse state and national populace. It is both the MU School of Medicine's responsibility and in its institutional self-interest to recruit and retain faculty, staff and students who reflect and understand the larger communities that MU serves.
The School of Medicine will, through education and example:
Commit to a welcoming, engaged environment for all;
Pursue a diverse and qualified community within the School of Medicine;
Recognize and reward talent, scholarship, and merit in an environment that derives its strength from varied societal experiences;
Value the enrichment that diversity provides to the practice and art of medicine.
STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2011-2012
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The University of Missouri School of Medicine is focused on achieving the following strategic goals by the end of calendar year 2012. The goals were created to improve service to the school's primary customers - learners and patients - through targeted enhancements to medical education, research and patient-centered care. Performance measurements connected to each goal will allow the school to gauge its progress and competitiveness on a national level.
The medical school completed this strategic plan in July 2011. School leaders spent more than eight months defining the school's mission, vision and values; analyzing the school's strategic advantages and challenges; and identifying goals and objectives for the following year. The extensive planning process also involved collecting input from all employees and learners; working in close collaboration with MU Health Care and other partners; and articulating how leaders should set and achieve goals.
Strategic planning and other efforts at the medical school follow the Baldrige performance excellence framework for quality improvement and innovation. The MU School of Medicine adopted the Baldrige framework as its management model in 2010 under the leadership of Robert Churchill, MD.
1. Ensure graduates are qualified for the next step in their careers
Major announcement at MU's medical school
Harold A. Williamson Jr., M.D., vice chancellor of the University of Missouri Health System, announced Friday that health system officials are making substantive changes in the School of Medicine's Department of Radiology as the result of an internal university investigation.
In addition, Williamson announced that Robert Churchill, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, has officially announced his plans to retire and will leave the university in October.
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