An overarching longitudinal theme throughout all four years of the curriculum is the acquisition and refinement of clinical skills through expert teaching and patient interactions. Six hospitals and more than 40 specialty clinics containing nearly 3,000 teaching beds are located on the medical campus and provide unparalleled opportunities for clinical training. In fact, the UM-Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center is the second busiest medical center in the United States with nearly 60,000 admissions, 12,000 surgeries, 7,000 deliveries, 102,000 emergency cases, and more than 500,000 adult outpatient visits per year.
All medical students are members of an Academic Society. There are twelve Academic Societies and they play unique roles in the curriculum by emphasizing cooperation in the learning process, fostering leadership, and by providing a collegial environment in which faculty and more advanced students mentor newer students in the basic sciences, the art of medicine, medical decision-making, and the acquisition of diagnostic skills through patient interactions. The mentoring process is four years long, extending from the first days of medical school right through the residency application and matching process in the fourth year.