The mission of the Wayne State University School of Medicine is to provide the Michigan community with medical and biotechnical resources, in the form of scientific knowledge and trained professionals, so as to improve the overall health of the community.
With respect to education, the School of Medicine is committed to:
- Serve as a comprehensive education resource by providing high quality educational programs for undergraduate medical students, post-graduate medical students, graduate students in the medical sciences, and physicians and other health care providers;
- Prepare individuals for the M.D. degree who will be well equipped both scientifically and in the humanistic aspects of health care to enter the next phase of their professional education;
- Graduate residents and fellows who are properly prepared to be effective practitioners and to fulfill their professional roles in the context of people's needs;
- Increase substantially the number of physicians from the under-represented groups; i.e., minorities and women;
- Provide education in medical and health related areas for students enrolled in other WSU programs and for members of the community-at-large.
The school's research endeavors are aimed at contributing to the development of new health related knowledge in a variety of areas, including:
- Preventive and health maintenance approaches;
- Normal growth, function and development;
- The nature of disease;
- Diagnostic techniques;
- Therapeutic strategies;
- Rehabilitative methods;
- Efficient, cost-effective health service delivery systems;
- Educational methodologies for professionals and consumers;
- Recruitment, motivation, and retention techniques for under- represented minority students.
In the service arena, the school through its faculty attempts to:
- Make available highly specialized medical care for the community;
- Deliver comprehensive primary care for the urban poor that is of the same quality as that available to the affluent;
- Provide expert consultation to industry, governmental agencies, health care providers, consumer groups, the press, and others on health related issues.