Information for prospective students of the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
1. Location: Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky. Serving nearly one half of the state, the Louisville Medical Center (University Hospital, Jewish Healthcare, Norton Healthcare, and Veterans Administration) has a very diverse patient population.
2. Board Examinations: University of Louisville School of Medicine students have an excellent track record on national board examinations. National United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 results showed a 2005 pass rate of 93% and average score of 217 for all U.S. and Canadian first-time testers. The University of Louisville SOM sported a 94% pass rate and an average score of 219. University of Louisville medical students set a national benchmark for excellence in 2003 when, for the first time in school history, all of its fourth year medical students passed the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) on the first attempt.
3. Clinical Years: The clinical years are fabulous. With such a diverse and numerous patient population, students are exposed to the type of patients that are presented in standardized examinations.
4. Match Lists: Our graduates do their residencies in some of the finest institutions in the country. Many choose to remain in Louisville (which speaks for the great clinical training they received as medical students) but others move throughout the country. Graduates from the Class of 2006 have matched at Harvard, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Brigham & Womens, and Johns Hopkins just to name a few.
5. Student Satisfaction: Ask our students if they enjoy attending medical school here when you visit. You will find some of the happiest medical students in the country.
6. Paris Simulation Center: The Dr. John M. and Dorothy S. Paris Simulation Center contains four simulation suites. Each suite contains a classroom, control room, lab and simulator. The simulators are state-of-the-art Human Patient Simulators. They inhale real oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. They blink, can be resucitated, and can even urinate! There are a variety of opportunities to learn about human physiology, biochemistry, and pathology in the simulation center during the preclinical and clinical years.
7. Personal Digital Assistant: Every student receives a Dell Axim Pocket PC upon matriculation preloaded with software.
8. Standardized Patient Clinic: Our standardized patient program ranks among the country's finest and contributes to our learning basic clinical skills in a controlled environment. This is the first place we learn how to auscultate with our stethoscopes, check blood pressures, palpate livers, and enter an exam room with a live human "patient." Much of our success on the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) can be attributed to our experiences in the standardized patient clinic.