Why Wayne State University School of Medicine?

Discover the power of academic and research excellence in the heart of Detroit at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Our esteemed institution is a hub of innovation and discovery, where renowned faculty and cutting-edge research initiatives fuel transformative breakthroughs in healthcare. Immerse yourself in a vibrant urban environment that embraces diversity and offers many opportunities to engage with the dynamic communities of Detroit. Join a supportive community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for serving the underserved and making a meaningful impact. At Wayne State University School of Medicine, we believe in nurturing the next generation of compassionate physicians who will shape the future of medicine.


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More than 60 percent of students participate in research and engage in publications and presentations locally and nationally.

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The School of Medicine boasts a 98% Total Success Match Rate over the last eight years — 98.1% in 2024.

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Year 1 and 2 students volunteer about 24,000 + hours/year annually.

Community engagement

Take part in community outreach programs that serve vulnerable communities throughout metro Detroit. Our students work with leading clinicians and biomedical scientists who take you out of the classroom to the communities where your work will make a difference.

  • Volunteers work at more than 35 free clinics throughout the city
  • Provide patient care for the homeless
  • Mentor school children
  • Participate in renovation and farming efforts in local neighborhoods
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Our Highways to Excellence Curriculum is designed to empower you with the skills and knowledge needed to make a meaningful impact in healthcare. What sets our curriculum apart?

  • Clinical Immersion: Experience a dynamic organ systems-based curriculum that combines classroom learning with hands-on experience in clinical settings. Gain a comprehensive understanding of medical specialties.

  • Serving Underserved Communities: Address healthcare disparities through community-centered education. Engage with diverse populations, fostering cultural competence and insights into social determinants of health.

  • Personalized Pathways: Customize your learning experience with specialized electives, service-learning, community partnerships, and research opportunities.

  • Fostering Innovation and Leadership: Develop lifelong learning, cultural competence, and leadership skills. Navigate complex healthcare systems and emerge as a confident healthcare leader.

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Our students come from the local community, nearly every state and more than 70 countries, representing various cultures and backgrounds. This provides a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow while cultivating fresh ideas and new perspectives.

  • A wide selection of student organizations that encourage collaboration and camaraderie with other students and the community
  • Be part of the most diverse medical school in Michigan and the nation, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report.
  • A Wayne State University medical education prepares you to become a leader and global citizen, ready to adapt to change and impact your environment.
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Experience Detroit

Immerse yourself in Detroit's vibrant tapestry, where Wayne State University proudly stands as a cornerstone of this remarkable city. With its rich history, cultural diversity, and thriving resurgence, Detroit offers an unparalleled backdrop for your educational experience.

  • Explore over 200 acres of green space and walking paths in the heart of a bustling city.
  • Join students living on campus with direct access to world-class medical centers, museums, cultural institutions, eateries, and sports and entertainment venues.
  • Experience countless business, employment and community engagement opportunities thanks to the university's decades of relationship-building in the urban and metropolitan Detroit areas.
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