At the heart of our educational environment at the University of Missouri School of Medicine is the focus on principles of patient-centered care, continuous quality improvement and safety, and interdisciplinary teamwork. Through patient-based learning, which emphasizes problem-solving, self-directed learning and early clinical experiences, students are trained to deliver effective patient-centered care that improves the health of individuals and communities.

To complement the curricular focus, MU’s medical school offers exciting academic enrichment opportunities for students, including:

  • Global Health Scholars Program: The Global Health Scholars program supports interested students in distinguishing themselves as scholars in global health through a formal curriculum of immersion experiences, scholastic efforts, education, and reflection.
  • Legacy Teachers: The innovative Legacy Teachers program allows third-year students to recognize patients as their teachers through essays or artwork at an annual ceremony.
  • MedZou Community Health Clinic: Students coordinate and participate in patient care at the free, student-operated MedZou clinic for medically underserved community members.
  • Rural Scholars Program: The rural scholars program offers third-year medical students the opportunity to explore and discover issues relevant to practicing medicine in a rural community and provides opportunities for service learning through community integration activities.
  • Shelden Clinical Simulation Center: At the state-of-the-art clinical simulation training center, students practice patient-centered care in a safe environment.
  • Summer Fellowships: First-year medical students can apply for six summer fellowships for additional research, clinical and international opportunities.

Visiting Medical Student Clerkship

Fourth-year students enrolled at Liaison Committee on Medical Education and Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation medical schools are invited to apply to the MU School of Medicine for a fourth-year rotation assignment. International student applications are not accepted at this time, and no exceptions are made. Students must have completed their third-year core clerkships before their visiting rotations begin. A minimum of four weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks of elective course work is allowed, and students must follow the MU medical school’s block schedule. For general application questions, contact Naomi Tucker.