Since its founding in 1850, the University of Michigan Medical School has forged a strong leadership role in American academic medicine.
The University of Michigan Medical School is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee of Medical Education.
UMMS was last reviewed by the LCME in 2020 and was awarded “full accreditation of the medical education program for an eight-year term.”
The next formal LCME site visit will take place in the 2027-28 academic year.
View research and education facts and figures at a glance, from numbers of learners in various programs to research and grant funding and awards.
Our impressive and far-reaching alumni base of more than 20,000 graduates includes leaders of Fortune 500 companies and faculty who occupy top posts at the best educational and research institutions around the world.
For 175 years, since our founding as the University of Michigan's medical school in 1848, we have been on a quest to transform the future of health care through leading-edge medical education, groundbreaking discoveries, and extraordinary care.
The first class of medical students paid $5 a year for two years of education. In keeping with the times, none of the members in the first class was a college graduate. Instead, to gain admission, medical students had to know some Greek and enough Latin to read and write prescriptions. The curriculum consisted of lectures, and the second year was a repeat of the first.
The first woman graduate, Amanda Sanford, received her U-M Medical School degree in 1871. Two years later, W. Henry Fitzbutler — the son of a slave — became the first African American to graduate from U-M Medical School.