Overview

Meaningful work is part of the academic experience

A class of students conducts basic health screening for low-income residents in Bridgeport; a professor publishes an article exploring the prevalence of Lyme disease around Long Island Sound; when you have a working faculty that teaches and the opportunity to engage in impactful work, you get a feedback loop that makes your education truly organic and real.

Faculty scholarship investigates topics ranging from disease systems, chronic injury, and addiction to the efficacy of new and novel treatment methods. Professors are physicians, teachers and mentors who regularly share their research with students, spurring them early on to explore and engage in the work that will define their medical careers. 

Training in our community

Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences Dr. Jennifer Rockfeld helps first-year medical students Kristen Williams, Jalea T. Moses and Rivka Jacobov, from left, adjust a blood pressure cuff during a vital signs clinic.

Featured Work

Quinnipiac University medical student Cristina Pratt pushes a preschool student on the swing Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the M.L. Keefe Community Center in Hamden, Connecticut. The visit to the Keefe center is part of an Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning course taught by Professor Tracy Van Oss. (Photograph by Autumn Driscoll / for Quinnipiac University)

Taking an active role

School of Medicine student Cristina Pratt pushes a preschool student on the swing at the M.L. Keefe Community Center in Hamden, Connecticut. The visit to the Keefe center is part of an interprofessional community-based service learning course.

Our faculty bring personal experience to their teaching

Theory becomes grounded when your primary-care preceptor has been a family physician long enough to be treating the children of patients she originally saw as children themselves. Our faculty bring not only best practices and industry-seasoned perspective to their teaching, they serve as uniquely qualified mentors and unofficial advisors, and in some cases serve as role models for students wondering what a career as a patient-centered physician looks like.

Around the World

We live in an increasingly interconnected world. Luckily, our medical students have ample opportunity to transform their passion into the practice of medicine all around the globe. Medical students who minor in public health spent the summer of 2016 doing research in the Dominican Republic, Peru and Nepal; working in a community clinic in Guatemala, and completing clinical rotations in India and Barbados.

The School also sponsors the Institute for Global Public Health, which works to raise awareness of global health issues and is actively developing a master of public health program. Quinnipiac is developing relationships with more universities and non-governmental organizations in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Laos, the Philippines, Hungary, Lithuania, India, Ghana and Morocco. 

Publications/Journals

Centralized resources

Students studying at the Edward and Barbara Netter Library are provided a variety of useful tools and information.

Our faculty are award-winning physicians with decades of practice experience in multiple specialties, as well as passionate educators who have taught in numerous universities, hospitals and other institutions. They have recevied prestigious fellowships, served as chaired members in international societies and even host nationally syndicated radio shows.

Both clinicians and scholars, our professors contribute to the advancement of medicine through groundbreaking medical research, and regularly publish their work in trade journals and magazines.

Journals and Publications


  • Advances in Physiology Education
  • Connecticut Medicine
  • Clinical Science
  • American Journal of Physiology
  • The Physiologist
  • Academic Medicine
  • Journal of Molecular Signaling
  • British Journal of Pharmacology
  • Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Societies and Memberships


  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
  • British Pharmacological Society (BPS)
  • International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

Radio


  • Medical Discovery News

Research

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Research

Research

Our faculty regularly contributes to the advancement of medicine through groundbreaking research in subjects as diverse as renal disease, veterans’ health issues, public health community program planning and cannabis pharmacology.

Associate Professor Carolyn Macica's, PhD research on metabolic bone disorders, namely the most common form of familial childhood rickets, X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH), led to the creation of Quinnipiac’s XLH Day program, a patient advocacy event and symposium held at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

Student Interest Groups

Students drawn to specific areas of health care have a range of avenues to explore their interests. A number of student interest groups enable them to learn about subjects, help raise awareness, inspire campus debate and serve as advocates. Others provide opportunities to connect over shared cultural identities, as well as activities meant to distract from the rigors of medical study.

  • Adventure Club
  • Complements Club
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Global Public Health
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Mandarin
  • Medical Spanish
  • MEDitation
  • Military Medicine
  • Netter Cycling Club
  • Netter School of Medicine Queer Alliance (NQA)
  • Neuro
  • OB-GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Random Acts of Kindness
  • Students Collaborating on Psychiatry Education (SCOPE) 
  • Surgery
Quinnipiac Students Alexa Lee, Dipesh Patel and Nicole Bahrami  with Jose Castro- a patient at the Bobcat Community Clinic at Quinnipiac University, medical clinic, Saturday, Feb 27, 2016, at the Americares Free Clinic- 115 Highland Ave, Bridgeport, CT.

Making a healthier community

Medical students Alexa Lee, Dipesh Patel and Nicole Bahrami with Jose Castro, a patient at Quinnipiac's Bobcat Community Clinic.

Students may choose to be part of on-campus chapters of national, student-governed organizations. These organizations work to solve inequities in the health care system, and address the concerns of physicians-in-training, female physicians and medical students of color. 

Membership not only presents students with opportunities to make lasting professional and interpersonal connections, but also to take part in initiatives meant to advance innovation in the teaching and practice of medicine.

  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
  • Doctors for America
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Primary Care Progress

Passion in practice

Medical school students can sharpen their business skills along with their clinical competencies. The student-run Bobcat Community Clinic, which opened in February 2016, provides free screenings for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and BMI, to underserved populations in Bridgeport. The clinic, located at the Weisman AmeriCares Free Clinic, is open one Saturday a month.

 “The main goals are to improve access to care and prevent the long-term manifestations of chronic diseases that flood our emergency rooms and hospital floors,” says Kevin Kuo ’17, who serves as the clinic’s executive director. Currently, 14 students are on the executive board and more than 70 medical students volunteer at the clinic under the supervision of faculty physicians. 

Quinnipiac first year medical student, Van Mai, works with Dr. Renika McLeod-Labissiere and her patients at Prospect Family Medicine on May 5, 2015. Image by Johnathon Henninger

Making health care accessible

Third year medical student Van Mai MD '18 works with Dr. Renika McLeod-Labissiere and her patients at the Prospect Family Medicine clinic.

Kuo spent a few years working with several other students to develop and open the clinic. Together the students found a partner (AmeriCares), established procedures, and gained approval for the clinic. Students also handle all the marketing.

The ultimate goal is to become a fully functional medical clinic. Says Kuo: "We hope the students who volunteer here will carry with them lessons of service, humanism and compassion for the poor throughout their professional careers and beyond.” 

Medical students also conduct other educational health programs at the Cardinal Shehan Center, a low-income recreational and resource facility located in Bridgeport, CT.

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