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Professors here will know you and inspire you
Passion for teaching is in our DNA. Our full-time professors have purposely developed the skills that students need to possess in order to be effective medical professionals. They are renowned scholars and experts in their specialties, but they are educators foremost who are dedicated to preparing diverse, patient-centered physicians who practice with skill and compassion. Our affiliated clinical faculty — spread across a dozen partnering hospitals — provide a diversity of perspectives and exposure to best practices.
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Programs at a Glance
A medical education designed for the 21st century
Established in 2010 following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, our program, from the start, has been designed with an eye toward the future. Anticipating our nation’s aging population and an increasing demand for medical professionals, our approach is notable for its focus on teaching, its interprofessional opportunities, and its commitment to primary care. Our four-year MD program provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the basic sciences and clinical medicine with an emphasis on evidence-based patient care. We also offer a 27-month graduate anesthesiologist assistant program designed to produce highly qualified anesthetists.
School and Campus Life
The School of Medicine is located on our North Haven Campus, where contemporary buildings overlook ponds and scenic walking paths. It is a environment that is designed for interprofessional collaboration. As a medical student, you'll join a broader campus community along with nursing, health sciences and law students who work on interprofessional projects and explore a variety of opportunities to participate in joint community service activities. You're also encouraged to join one of the many interest groups on campus that represent major medical specialties, or another student organization, such as our chapter of the American Medical Women's Association, Primary Care Progress or the American Medical Student Association.
"It’s important to set aside time to study, but also to take care of your own well-being. What’s great about the faculty here is that they help you set balance so that you have time to work on the things you need to do, but also have plenty of time so that you’re happy and healthy."Jennifer Umeugo MD'17
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Learning while making a difference
At the Quinnipiac School of Medicine, students work closely with physicians in more than a dozen medical specialties through clinical affiliations with Connecticut hospitals, providing them with an optimal amount of patient contact and experiences. They are exposed to a wide variety of patient-care venues, from emergency rooms to intensive care units, rotating through the hospitals’ departments to be mentored by physicians and challenged by real-life treatment scenarios. They provide screening services for underserved citizens in Bridgeport and conduct primary research on infectious diseases with the Connecticut Agricultural Station and emerging best practices with the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute. They have access to a nationwide network of hospitals where they can complete electives, seek residency placements, and explore possible employment opportunities once they complete their training. Throughout all four years, students work closely with clinical faculty who serve as mentors and provide advice on career selection.
Opportunities for students
- Hands-on patient experience and physician mentoring starting in year one
- Third-year family medicine and primary care clerkships
- Community outreach programs serving migrant farmworkers and low-income residents
- National and international experience working on peace, health and humanitarian efforts through the Albert Schweitzer Institute
- On-campus lectures, panels and special presentations on topics in health care
- Access to nationwide network of hospitals
Students with resilience and heart
Our students are passionate, resilient dreamers from extraordinarily diverse backgrounds. Air Force Captain Jose Burgos MD ’18 made the decision to pursue medical school while assisting wounded soldiers outside a field hospital in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Today Burgos, along with former Navy officer and fellow veteran Frank Ruiz MD ‘19, are transitioning their careers from military to medicine. In deployments, both witnessed the need for more physicians capable of healing the physical and mental injuries of war. Most important, both have been on the other end of the stethoscope as patients, which makes their ambition to become doctors personal.
Ruiz and Burgos established the Military Medicine Interest Group at the School of Medicine to educate students on the needs of veterans and active military personnel. Although they have not selected a specialization, both would like to work with these populations.
We’ll give you the kind of support and care that we hope you’ll one day give your patients
From the moment you join our community of medical students, we will be focused on your preparation as a future physician of skill and compassion. We’ll give you opportunities to learn and work in small teams, be mentored by experienced professionals, and collaborate with a wide range of students in Quinnipiac’s Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing. We’ll provide state-of-the-art educational space, a solid, foundational curriculum, and hands-on experiences in the community and in hospitals and research institutes across the state and across the country. We’ll challenge you and stretch you, and in the end prepare you to be the kind of physician this nation will most need in the coming decades.
- Foundational, 360-degree view of each organ system
- Interprofessional learning with nursing, health sciences, and law students
- Capstone Scholarly Research Project
- Extensive clinical work, including weekly clinical experience in primary care
- Outreach services to low-income and underserved populations
- Training in simulated, ambulatory and in-patient settings
- Primary research with regional and national partners
- Access to professional student associations
- Rotations and experiences with a variety of hospitals and partner institutions
Centers and Resources
The 325,000-square foot Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences marries an emphasis on collaborative learning with modern medical technology. Students pursuing a range of health-related degrees develop the level of clinical knowledge, skill and intuition that comes from learning in small-class settings with industry-standard resources. What kinds of resources do future physicians have at their disposal here? Numerous high-tech classrooms and simulation labs, examination and patient assessment rooms, and a fully functional OR, to name just a few.
Research institutes focused on Global Public Health, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Primary Care additionally enable medical students to pursue their specific areas of interest and future practice more deeply. They also enjoy unlimited electronic access to any information in the world they may need, when they need it.Centers and Resources
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The work of our medical school impacts lives nationwide, and around the world
Our students travel throughout the state screening those at highest risk for chronic kidney disease. They speak about nutrition and oral health at area elementary schools. The work with migrant farmworkers and they work with experienced, expertly trained clinicians from New England to California. They conduct primary research on Zika, on hip replacement procedures, and on public health in the Hispanic community.
Our faculty are passionate educators, as well as renowned researchers and experts in their respective medical specialties. The chemistry works on our students in ways that make them compassionate and competent and solidly prepared to make a difference in providing primary care.