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Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine

UAG School of Medicine is regarded by many as one of the most efficient and well-organized medical schools in Latin America. Students from the United States who went to our school make a significant contribution to our development in both the physical and academic areas. The most important contribution they make, by far, is to themselves. You may be considering the UAG as an alternative to the highly selective and competitive American medical school enrollment system, but you must also work hard to be accepted into the UAG School of Medicine. If you desire to serve your fellow citizens by providing better health care, and if you are a serious student with a capacity for wisdom in dealing with your fellow man, we invite you to join us.

Our Mission

The School of Medicine is an institution engaged in the training and formation of physicians, whose main goal is to improve community health through the following:

Providing medical education

Discovering and adpating medical knowledge
Providing health care services in the clinical fields of learning.
Developing a positive attitude towards the protection and preservation of the environment.
Educating future physicians in an integral way according to the UAG principles, beliefs, and values.

Basic Sciences Curriculum

Your first two years will provide the necessary foundation upon which to build your medical education. Along with the 24 months of the curriculum, UAG students have the opportunity to study 12-16 weeks in the basic sciences review course allowing you to prepare to take and to pass the USMLE Step 1.

Clinical Skills and Clinical Competencies are honed during your first four semesters. The unique and favorable opportunity beginning in your first semester to face real patients during your participation in our Program of Medicine in the Community reinforces these skills. In order to participate in the Clinical clerkships of the Clinical curriculum, you first must acquire your Certification of Basic Clinical Skills indicating that you are prepared.

Clinical Science Curriculum

Your first four semesters will provide a gradual transition into language fluency. Students build on the basic foundations of the Spanish language as they progress through the basic sciences years, acquiring the proficiency and technical knowledge that is needed to be truly fluent. Learn more

Fifth- and sixth- semester students rotate through our Clinical Campus and through more than 100 affiliated hospitals in Mexico. Students in the seventh and eighth semesters have the option of rotating in Mexico or selecting one of the Off-Campus programs offered through affiliated hospitals and medical schools in the United States and Puerto Rico.


To expand basic clinical knowledge and further develop abilities which were acquired during the third year.

UAG students are able to participate in programs developed by the Curriculum committee - Co-op, Electives in U.S.A. and Mexico-Electives. Students that participate in these programs must demonstrate the required talent and clinical skills to work in a hospital setting. Additionally, they must do self-study without having to attend their regular courses in the Guadalajara Clinical Campus during the seventh and eighth semesters.

A fee is required from participating students in order to maintain the quality of these programs, to provide financial support and to open additional programs in other areas. Purchase of malpractice insurance is also required.

NOTE:  Payments for the Co-op, Electives and the Mal Practice Insurance will NOT be reimbursed should a student decide later on that he/she will not attend the program, has requested a transfer, or is rejected or expelled by the hospital.

Pre-Internship Program

Year of Supervised Clinical Training
Internado -An undergraduate rotating internship (supervised clinical training) where students gain further clinical experience and competence at a university hospital or affiliated institution. This fifth year can be done entirely in Mexico or in the USA.


In order for the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine to confer the degree of Physician-Surgeon to students from the United States and to be eligible to participate in the U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Programs, the UAG must pass through rigorous on-site visits and accreditations from different organizations. Since our graduates practice in 15 countries, including the United States, our academic standards must meet the highest requirements of each country. Suffice it to say that the myriad of academics and clinical exposure far exceeds standards set forth by these countries.

The Medical Degree

At the successful conclusion of the first four years of medical education - 2 years of basic sciences, 2 years of clinical sciences and one year of Internado (Pre-Internship), plus passing the USMLE Step I and II (CK & CS) the student will be awarded the Medical Degree or Titulo de Medico Cirujano.

In order to be permanently certified by the ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) and to apply for graduate medical education and licensure in the U.S., the U.S. student must pass all exams administered by the ECFMG in addition to earning a degree (Titulo).

Information received from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara website.

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