Medical schools in Missouri offer Doctor of Medicine programs that prepare graduates for physician licensure and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs for those interested in medical research. There are also dual-degree programs that can lead to careers in both clinical practice and medical research. Students studying to be medical doctors usually spend four years completing their programs, including two years of coursework and two years of clinical experience through rotations. Aspiring medical researchers spend much of their time doing original research in specialty areas, and a dissertation is normally a final program requirement.
University of Missouri - Columbia
The University of Missouri - Columbia was originally founded in 1839 and became the first public school west of the Mississippi River. It offers medical programs through its School of Medicine, including Doctor of Medicine and dual-degree programs.
Students in the standalone Doctor of Medicine program spend their first two years learning about physical science, problem-solving and patient care. This includes study of 32 clinical cases, and medical students acquire clinical experience through seven clerkships in the last two years of the program.
A dual-degree option is available that leads to both Doctor of Medicine and Ph.D. in Biochemistry degrees. In addition to completing the Doctor of Medicine program requirements, students take biochemistry and research ethics courses, complete a thesis and a dissertation based on original biomedical research. The school also offers a Ph.D. in Medical Pharmacology and Physiology, which prepares students for research careers dealing with pharmaceutical, neural and hormonal processes. Students learn to investigate these processes and their interactions in the human body.
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Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University, located in St. Louis, is home to a state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Center that uses patient mannequins and computer technology for medical teaching. The School of Medicine offers a 4-year Doctor of Medicine program that features a curriculum focused on lectures, independent study, clinical experience and problem-solving. First- and second-year students begin their studies in the physical sciences. The last two years of the program focus on clinical skills and hands-on experiences. Graduates possess a functional knowledge of how to diagnose common conditions within surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, neurology gynecology and psychiatry.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||First-Year Medical School Tuition|
|University of Missouri - Columbia||4-year, public; midsize city|| Doctor of Medicine,
Doctor of Medicine/Ph.D. in Biochemistry,
Ph.D. in Medical Pharmacology and Physiology
|$30,304 (in-state tuition and fees), $27,310 (out-of-state tuition only) (2015-16)*|
|Saint Louis University||4-year, private nonprofit; large city||Doctor of Medicine||$51,650 (2016-17)**|
Sources: *University of Missouri, **Saint Louis University