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Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

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By the Numbers


Student-Focused Faculty

Percent of full-time professors whose primary focus is teaching, not research


Market-Driven Approach

Estimated number of additional family physicians — our primary focus — needed in the U.S. by 2025, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians


High Demand

Number of prospective medical students from across America and around the world who applied for 90 spots in the Class of 2020


A medical student embraces her family on Match Day

The big day

The Class of 2019 matched with residency programs across the country, including Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University, Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Ohio State University Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, along with the School of Medicine’s Connecticut affiliates Middlesex Health, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and St. Vincent’s Medical Center.


Academics designed for the 21st century

Our innovative four-year MD program provides clinical experience, research opportunities and a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the basic sciences and clinical medicine. We place a high emphasis on evidence-based patient care. Our curriculum is specifically tailored to be responsive to the needs of today’s medical profession while anticipating those of tomorrow’s.

To help fill a critical professional shortage over the coming decades, we also offer a 27-month graduate anesthesiologist assistant program designed to produce highly qualified anesthetists.


A surgeon in scrubs standing in front of an operating table at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Doctors and mentors

Dr. Christine Van Cott, assistant professor of surgery at the Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine and surgery clerkship director at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in the operating room Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 at St. Vincent’s in Bridgeport.

Professors here will know and inspire you

Passion for teaching is in our DNA. The founding faculty members and administrators of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine are renowned educators, scholars and experts in their respective medical specialties — but they are educators foremost. They are dedicated to preparing patient-centered physicians who will practice with skill and compassion. They will come to know you well over four years and become mentors and colleagues in your professional journey.

Our affiliated clinical faculty members, spread across a dozen partnering hospitals, ensure that you’ll be exposed to the full spectrum of clinical care as it’s delivered in different settings. At the same time, you will become better equipped to make career decisions.

Meet our faculty


Dedicated Professors

Number of full-time, student-focused faculty


Supportive Environment

Percentage of first-year students who said in a recent survey that the faculty have created a respectful learning environment that fosters collaboration


Affiliated Faculty

Number of clinical faculty at affiliated hospitals and medical centers


Two medical students talk during a dinner in honor of Black History Month.

Making connections

Vithya Thambiaiyah MD ’20 and Gabrielle Ransford MD ’19 talk during a dinner in honor of Black History Month.

Student Life

Designed for collaboration

Our beautiful North Haven Campus was intentionally designed for graduate students. With cutting-edge resources and facilities, it includes spaces built for collaboration as well as quiet, reflective study. It’s an oasis in one of the nation’s most diverse regions.

As a medical student, you’ll join a broader campus community of nursing, health sciences and law students who work on interprofessional projects and explore a variety of opportunities to participate in joint clubs, organizations and community service activities. Students from across disciplines study, dine and grow together. It’s an advantage found at few other medical schools in the country.

“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


A group of ten students taking a hike through a state park in Connecticut.

Medical education redefined

Medical student Azeez Akinlolu, MD '19, and his classmates from an interprofessional service learning course are joined for a hike at Sleeping Giant State Park and a discussion on health and wellness by students from Cheshire High School.

A medical student in shorts and a t-shirt about to catch a frisbee in a grassy area.

Explore and branch out

Medical student Michael Smith, MD '19, participates in an Interest Group and Co-Curricular Club Involvement Fair outside the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

A medical student practices yoga in a relaxing atmosphere.

Resources to recharge

Medical students are driven, but also well-rounded, and work to achieve a work-life balance throughout the course of their studies.


Facilities that reflect modern medicine

Located in a $100 million state-of-the-art facility along with the professional Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine houses simulation laboratories, examination and patient assessment rooms, high-tech classrooms, operating rooms and extensive electronic resources available through the Edward and Barbara Netter Library — including 542 academic journal subscriptions and the networked resources of 45 partner libraries.

Three medical students being trained on CPR in a lowly lit operating room.

Realistic environments

The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences provides opportunities for students from different disciplines to collaborate in a range of professional settings.

Frank H. Netter, MD

Who is Frank H. Netter MD?

The School of Medicine is named in honor Frank H. Netter, MD, a surgeon and prolific medical illustrator whose "Atlas of Human Anatomy" has been translated into a dozen languages and is widely used by undergraduate medical students. With his rare combination of artistic talent and perspective as a physician, Netter brought his subject matter to life with stunning precision and clarity. He illustrated cutting‐edge medical advancements ranging from organ transplants and joint replacements to the first artificial heart. His work granted unprecedented visual access to human anatomy and pathology — and was done with a striking level of empathy and humanity. 

Known as “Medicine’s Michaelangelo,” Netter’s educational legacy extends beyond his life work to the School of Medicine through a major gift from Barbara and the late Edward Netter, Frank Netter’s first cousin.

Black & white portrait of Frank H. Netter, medical illustrator and namesake of the school's Medical Center.

'Medicine's Michaelangelo'

Frank H. Netter, MD was a prolific medical illustrator who brought his subject matter to life with stunning precision and clarity.

Vision and Mission

Making leaders in modern health care

Our Vision

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine will be a vibrant healthcare community that educates and nurtures diverse, compassionate physicians who promote wellness and patient-centered care for all members of society.

Our Mission

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is dedicated to educating current and future physicians to serve our community, as well as our profession. We accomplish this goal in a student-centered, collaborative environment that values compassionate care, integrity and inclusivity, academic excellence and scholarship, adaptability and social responsibility.