Medical Student Handbook

The Medical Student Handbook is the official document on policies, procedures, and resources of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. It is important that each student becomes familiar with its contents. While every effort is made to provide accurate and current information, the School of Medicine reserves the right to change without notice policies, procedures, programs, and other matters when circumstances dictate.

Table of Contents


The handbook provides an introduction to the medical school for freshmen, outlines upper-class curricula, and includes information of interest to members of all classes. Learn about our mission and history.

Administrative Contacts

Find contact information for Student Affairs, Medical Education, Financial Aid, and other administrative offices and personnel.

Policies & Procedures

Read the policies and procedures governing Pitt Med students.

Learning Environment

Visit the Learning Environment webpage to access the UPSOM Learning Environment Statement, Policy on Mistreatment and Harassment, and Professionalism Accolade and Incident Report (PAIR) system.

Student Services

Learn about the school's advising, academic support, student health and wellness, and disability services, among other student services.


Locate details on the Pitt Med curriculum, along with links to courses for all four years of study.

Academic Calendars

Find day-by-day overviews of the academic year, course exam dates, and other key calendar information.

Student Research Program

The Student Research Program consists of three components: Longitudinal Research Project (LRP), Dean's Summer Research Project (DSRP), and the Pitt Med Research Experience for Prematriculants (PREP). Pitt Med students can read and critically evaluate scientific and medical literature, present a research proposal, perform a research project under direct mentorship from an expert in that field, and present that longitudinal research project in both informal and formal collegial venues.

Special Degree Programs

Get information about special degree programs available to Pitt Med students.

Above & Beyond the Curriculum

Check out Pitt Med student organizations, student governance, and academic and professional prizes and awards.