Welcome to the SOM Class of 2017
| Sep 3, 2013 1:00 PM
With their first load of classes underway, the new class of 2017 is a significant group for the School of Medicine: They are the first restored class of 102 incoming medical students to start thanks to the passage of Senate Bill 42 by the Utah legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert last spring. And what a wonderful new group of students we have!
Among our 102 students are 84 women and men who are either Utah residents or who graduated from a Utah high school or college. Specifically, we are welcoming 79 Utah residents and five nonresidents who graduated from a Utah college (four from BYU Provo and one from Westminster). Almost every university in the state is represented in our first year class, with students hailing from the corners of nearly every county in the state as well. Additionally, we welcome eight students from Idaho and several others from across the country.
Our medical school remains highly competitive, with more than 1,500 applications submitted for the 102 positions.
This year, more students than ever accepted our invitation to become a Ute medical student, choosing the University of Utah against some stiff competition. In fact, of the Utah residents admitted, 88 percent chose the University of Utah against other top medical schools in the country. Moreover, we have been able to attract many of our Utah residents attending college out-of-state to come back “home” for medical school. As undergraduates, our current medical students previously attended institutions such as University of Pennsylvania, Wellesley College, Stanford, and Harvard. While each of our students starts their medical school journey with a unique background, a notable name Utahns may recognize in our incoming class is Kara Arnold, a Bountiful native who served as Miss Utah 2012 and was a top student from the University of Utah.
Our medical education curriculum has successfully undergone a transformation over the past five years to one that focuses on high quality, high faculty-to-student ratio teaching, with integration of clinical experiences from the start, and use of advanced technologies. We supplement our teaching with an abundance of other opportunities that include a rich intellectual and discovery landscape of top-notch research laboratories, programs to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, global health adventures, inter-professional education and the commitment to community service, among others.
We look forward to admitting another 102 students next fall and then to further expanding the class to 122 in the fall of 2015. Together with our new dental school and its first class of 20 students, we see a vibrant educational community with top-tier students who learn from us and also, importantly, learn greatly from each other.
Author: Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
About the Author: Dr. Vivian S. Lee is the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. Read her full bio herecomments powered by Disqus