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Medical Education and Graduate Degree Programs

Our excellent facilities, renowned faculty and diverse patient population combine to make our medical school one that provides outstanding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate training. Our curriculum reflects our commitment to preparing medical students who will be caring doctors sensitive to the humanistic as well as the scientific aspects of health care. When students leave our institution they leave with a particularly enriched educational experience. We are extremely proud of our School and of the alumni that represent us.

Medical Student Competencies & Institutional Learning Objectives

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MD Program
The undergraduate program in medicine consists of a two-year core curriculum of basic medical science including normal and abnormal human biology, a year of clinical clerkships, and a year of clinical electives.

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Our MD/PhD program combines outstanding basic science training with state-of-the-art clinical medicine to train individuals as physician-scientists excelling in careers in research and education.

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This is a unique bachelor of science/medical degree program for a limited number of students from Wayne State University's Honors Program, the School of Medicine, the Michigan Technological University (MTU) and Northern Michigan University (NMU).

BMS, MPH, PhD, MS (Biomedical Graduate Programs)

The primary objective of the biomedical graduate training programs in the School of Medicine is to prepare individuals for careers in research and teaching in medical or health related sciences.

Doctoral degrees are offered in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Translational Neuroscience, Immunology/Microbiology, Medical Physics, Molecular and Cellular Toxicology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physiology.

Masters degrees are offered in Basic Medical Sciences, Community Medicine, Radiological Physics and Genetic Counseling. Biomedical graduate programs offered to fellows on clinical programs include a Masters in Science in Medical Research, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.


Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center have a long-standing reputation as a premier center for clinical training programs. With over 900 physicians drawn from throughout the country and many parts of the world in its graduate medical education program, Wayne is one of the nation's largest providers of practicing physicians. The University offers training in virtually every medical specialty and subspecialty area.

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Commitment to education of physicians extends from undergraduate education through residency and fellowship training to education for the practicing physician. The goal of the school's Continuing Medical Education Program is to deliver high quality education activities for practicing physicians to reinforce their past learning and to disseminate new concepts in medicine which may improve patient care for all medical specialties.

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