Medical School Education Program Facts

Medical School education programs are designed to produce lifelong learners who are skilled in problem solving, who base decisions on proven outcomes, and who take a compassionate and holistic approach to patient care.

  • We educate 70 percent of the state's physicians; about half of our graduates choose careers in primary care.
  • The medical school is consistently in the top three nationally in graduating American Indian physicians and among the top 10 in graduating family practice doctors. These rankings particularly reflect the mission of the Duluth Campus to educate family medicine physicians and serve the health care needs of American Indian communities.
  • Our Rural Physician Associate Program places students in rural practices. Greater than 50% of the program's more than 1,000 graduates practice in rural areas.
  • The Duluth Campus also has a focus on rural medicine. It is #1 in the U.S. in percentage of graduates who practice in rural areas – 48.5% of alumni practice in communities with populations under 25,000.
  • We provide training for 1,200 primary care and specialty residents each year; 10,000 practicing physicians attend our 90 continuing medical education courses each year.
  • Many of our medical students take part in international medical experiences through the GMER and MEDS programs.
  • We also train scientists for academic research and industry careers.
  • Students earn Ph.D. degrees through our basic sciences departments and the Graduate School.
  • Future physician-scientists are trained through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD).
  • Allied health programs in physical therapy, mortuary science, and health information science attract highly qualified students and have excellent placement rates.
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