About the School
The University of Connecticut School of Medicine was established in 1961 and is part of the University of Connecticut system of higher learning. Situated in suburban Farmington on
the160 acre campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center, 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 that includes, the John Dempsey Hospital, UConn Medical Group, UConn Health Partners and University Dentists.
One of the school’s main beliefs is that physicians are scientists, and the educational structure is designed to reflect that principle. 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.
One of the school’s main beliefs is that physicians are scientists, and the educational structure is designed to reflect that principle.
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.
“Remarkable Care Through Research and Education” 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. Scientifically adept physicians provide the best care – remarkable care – because of their skills and the best-practices management they provide.
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.
The school’s classes consist of no more than 80 students per year. It is intentionally so. The moderate size is considered optimum to respond to the state’s educational needs, and
allows a highly desirable student-to-faculty ratio that promotes an educational environment based on personal interactions.