The University of Mississippi School of Medicine (UMSOM) is the medical school of the University of Mississippi in the U.S. state of Mississippi.
The UMSOM was created in 1903 on the Oxford campus. In 1955, it was moved from the Oxford campus to the state capital of Jackson and was expanded to include the third and fourth years of training. The University of Mississippi Medical Center, the health sciences campus of the University of Mississippi, houses the School of Medicine.
As of 2006, there were 413 students enrolled in UMSOM. This includes students enrolled in the four-year M.D. program as well as students enrolled in the seven-year M.D./Ph.Dprogram.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson is the health sciences campus of the University of Mississippi. The Medical Center opened in 1955, but its beginnings date to 1903 when a two-year medical school was established on the parent campus in Oxford. In that era, certificate graduates went out of state to complete their doctor of medicine degrees.
Finally, in 1950, the Mississippi Legislature – by a one-vote margin – enacted a law to create a four-year medical school. On July 1, 1955, the state’s new University Medical Center, or UMC as it was commonly called, opened in Jackson, initially as a four-year medical school with medical and graduate students, interns and residents. As it had in Oxford, the School of Medicine offered both medical and graduate degree programs. The campus included a teaching hospital and a library.
The Oxford campus’ nursing department moved to the Medical Center in 1956 and it was granted school status in 1958. The School of Health Related Professions (SHRP) was added in 1971 and began offering baccalaureate curricula in 1973. The School of Dentistry was authorized in 1973, and its first students were admitted in 1975.The graduate program was elevated to school status in 2001 and designated the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. A seventh school on the UMMC campus was dedicated during a September 2016 ceremony officially announcing the John D. Bower School of Population Health.
The Medical Center functions as a separately funded, semi-autonomous unit responsible to the chancellor of the University of Mississippi and, through him, to the constitutional Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, which governs all eight state institutions of higher learning in Mississippi. The Medical Center’s chief executive officer is the vice chancellor for health affairs.
UMMC is designated an academic medical center, and its first and most important role is to be a place of learning. Our students are a vital resource on campus. We are proud that you have chosen UMMC as the institution where you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to excel in your chosen health science career. When you graduate, you will join thousands of UMMC graduates across the world who are making a difference in their communities.
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The University of Mississippi School of Medicine boasts faculty and staff that are considered leaders in their fields, esteemed educators and mentors, innovative researchers and compassionate care givers. The Medical Center’s overall goal of a healthier Mississippi is only be possible with the men and women that are entrusted to train the next generation of Mississippi’s medical doctors.