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The University of Mississippi School of Medicine offers a course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD). The four-year course leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.


The School of Medicine strives to offer an excellent, comprehensive and interrelated program of medical education, biomedical research and health care. Through these programs, the ultimate goal of the School is to provide quality and equitable health care to all citizens of Mississippi, the region and nation. A core value of this mission is respect for the multiple dimensions of diversity reflected in all people.

In support of this mission, the School of Medicine (SOM) offers an accredited program of medical education that trains a diverse, skilled, compassionate and respectful physician workforce in numbers consistent with the health care needs of Mississippi, professionals who are responsive to the health problems of the people, aware of health care disparities and committed to medical education as a continuum which must prevail throughout professional life.

In addition, the School of Medicine seeks to expand the body of basic and applied knowledge in biomedical sciences for the state, nation and the world, and to improve systems of health care delivery and demonstrate model patient care for all members of our diverse community.


The School of Medicine is proud to be part of Mississippi's only academic health science campus. Fulfillment of the school's mission requires student, faculty, administration and staff respect for and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage and growing diversity of the citizens of Mississippi, including their:

  • Demographic attributes (race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, educationally or financially disadvantaged background, socioeconomic status, marital and family status, rural, state and national origin, languages spoken, religious and spiritual beliefs, and culture);
  • Personal attributes (including integrity, communication, skills and abilities, disabilities work habits, interactions with people, desire to learn);
  • Life experiences (including health care, community service, leadership, teamwork and employment).

Diversity, inclusion and cultural humility enrich the teaching and learning environment; students think more vigorously and imaginatively, enhancing their preparation as citizens and professionals committed to providing all patients, including those from underserved populations, access to quality and equitable health care that can ameliorate the health care disparities of Mississippians and the nation through medical education, biomedical research and patient care.