Medical School

The U-M Medical School offers an unparalleled experience for those who cross our threshold. Since opening our doors in 1850 as the University's first professional school, we have been a center of leadership and pioneering advances in medical education, research and patient care. We are committed to a single mission to ensure this holds true for our future as well: to educate students, physicians and biomedical scholars and to provide a spectrum of comprehensive knowledge, research, patient care and service of the highest quality to the people of the state of Michigan and beyond.


Our Medical School curriculum sets the standard for scientific discourse, intellectual rigor and creativity. Our faculty and graduates continue to address the foremost medical challenges of the times. In any given year, thousands of patients come to our hospitals and health centers where they not only receive the best care, but also offer invaluable experiences for our students, trainees and faculty.

The close proximity of the University's world-renowned top-ranked schools of Law, Business, Engineering, Public Health, Nursing, Dentistry, Social Work and Pharmacy presents a unique opportunity for collaboration across many disciplines, setting the stage for innovation and strategic advantages for our faculty, students and staff.

Global Impact

As part of our commitment to being a leading health system internationally and robust training ground for physicians and scientists, we continually challenge ourselves to make a global impact. The School's Global REACH program allows students and faculty access to many enriching experiences in other countries, as well as exposure to and preparation for encountering an increasingly diverse society at home.

Most recently, we have developed a strategic partnership with Peking University Health Sciences Center. This unprecedented partnership enables our institutions to pursue joint research initially focusing on breakthroughs in pulmonary, cardiovascular and liver diseases.


Each year, almost 70% of the University's total National Institutes of Health research funding and nearly half of all sponsored activity are awarded to the Medical School. At just over $400 million in grants, we are one of the country's top-10 funded institutions. There are many resources available to faculty, including more than 80 core facilities and services that help support both basic and clinical research activities. The Medical School's Biomedical Research Core Facilities comprise a collection of campus-wide, centralized laboratories with state-of-the-art biomedical research resources to facilitate study. This includes services and technologies for bioinformatics, biosafety containment, DNA sequencing, flow cytometry, microscopy and image analysis, protein structures, transgenic animal models, and vector systems. These units provide premier support for bench science and many are nationally recognized for their level of service and expertise.

Clinical Care

The School's Faculty Group Practice (FGP) combines the practice plans of 20 clinical departments into a single, integrated, multi-specialty physician group. The FGP includes more than 1,600 practicing physicians who treat the Health System's nearly two million patients annually in hospitals and clinics throughout southeast Michigan. The U-M Health System also receives referrals from far and wide, and in fact, patients from every county in Michigan seek care at this institution. Our FGP physicians also educate more than 1,000 resident physicians and 700 medical students, and conduct leading edge scientific and clinical research.

Possibilities exist on every level at the U-M Medical School. Essentially anything that you would like to accomplish can be done here, all in the company of extraordinary individuals and with access to vast resources at an institution like no other.

As Chair of Urology, I can say I love this job. Our University departments and our Medical School faculty have both amazing depth and unusual collegiality. It is clear to me on a daily basis that our 'whole' is even greater than the sum of our excellent parts.
David Bloom, M.D.
Chair, Department of Urology
Jack Lapides Professor of Urology

The Medical School Facilities include:

  • 16 Medical School buildings
  • 25 buildings with partial Medical School occupancy
  • 857 biomedical research laboratories and 2233 research support rooms
  • 20 classrooms and 22 classroom support rooms
  • 46 class laboratories and 30 class laboratory support rooms
  • 1,320 offices and 238 office support rooms
  • 174-acre North Campus Research Complex, adjacent to the University's North Campus, with more than 2 million square feet of additional laboratory and office space in 30 buildings

Why Choose U-M Medical School?

  • Genuine concern about faculty needs and history of investment to ensure their success
  • Departments of unusual depth and amazing collegiality
  • Collaborative faculty with interest in interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Diverse clinical population with many undiagnosed and untreated conditions
  • Research enterprise and clinical and educational programs consistently ranked among best in nation
  • State-of-the-art facilities, including the new research complex, cardiovascular center, and children's and women's hospital.
  • Diversity of faculty and students and attention to global health disparities
  • Opportunity to work with nation's very best trainees
  • Long tradition of "first-ever" advances in medicine and science
  • Visionary and passionate leadership
  • U-M routinely voted one of the best places to work
  • Ann Arbor is a great place to live and raise a family
Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D.

Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Michigan Center for
Translational Medicine and
Professor of Pathology

At the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, researchers are dedicated to translating medical breakthroughs into treatments for patients. Dr. Chinnaiyan and his team discovered the genetic switch that triggers prostate cancer. It was a watershed moment for the team, but the mission will not end until they find a way to turn the switch off. While the discovery was groundbreaking, Dr. Chinnaiyan knows it's nothing if it doesn't impact the life of the patient.

That's the Michigan Difference.