Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

At the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, our commitment to teaching patient-centered medicine underpins all that we do, and it begins with our name. Frank H. Netter, MD, was a physician and famed medical illustrator whose anatomy drawings became a staple of medical education because of their detail and sense of humanity.

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A humanistic approach to modern medicine

As an educational institution that deeply values diversity of thought and experience, we believe in collaborative, inclusive scholarship. Our curriculum emphasizes early clinical exposure and is strengthened through our network of community hospitals and healthcare providers. You will experience a variety of clinical work placements that will help strengthen your emerging skills and determine where you see yourself practicing medicine during residency. We believe in educating future physicians who not only treat the communities they serve, but also reflect them. As part of this transformative medical education, you will design and complete a four-year capstone project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Dean’s Message

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Dr. Phillip M. Boiselle

Dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

As dean, I am honored to lead Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine through its next phase of growth − especially at this pivotal juncture in health care. Our primary mission is to educate and nurture future generations of diverse, compassionate, and humanistic physicians who promote wellness and patient-centered care for all members of society. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic underscores the critical importance of this mission.

Our school’s commitment to fostering humanism in medicine is rooted in the art of our namesake, Frank H. Netter, MD. His renowned anatomical illustrations and paintings were crafted with a striking level of empathy and humanity and have inspired generations of healthcare professionals.

Dr. Netter humanely illustrated disease processes as life challenges faced by individual patients. As his art pays respect to the complexity and diversity of patients, so, too, does our innovative medical education curriculum, with its emphasis on patient-centered care. This model of care is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs and values.

Our focus on humanistic medicine also challenges us to think more broadly about the health and well-being of patients and their communities, especially those who are most vulnerable. Thus, we are committed to addressing the social determinants of health and to fostering equitable health care for all communities.

This tremendous undertaking cannot be accomplished alone. Indeed, health care is a “team sport” that requires collaboration across multiple disciplines. At Netter, this interprofessional philosophy is seamlessly woven into our curriculum.

Housed inside the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences building, our collaborative learning environment fosters interprofessional health care education and team-based practice. Through hallways lined with Dr. Netter’s drawings, our medical students walk alongside future nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, social workers, medical imaging specialists and our other colleagues in the health professions.

We also understand that the quality of care we provide to our patients is linked to the health and well-being of the providers. As such, Netter provides a student-centered medical education program in which learners develop the skills and habits of practice that promote their own well-being.

Ours is a diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff and clinical partners united by our collective passion for advancing the health and well-being of local and global communities. Together, in the spirit of innovation and humanism, we are reimagining medical education in pursuit of painting a brighter health care future for all. I hope that you will join us in this exciting endeavor!

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Our MD Program

We have intentionally designed our MD program to provide the foundational skills that you will need as a physician, in settings that mimic the places you will work once you’ve begun your career. Our full-time faculty will make your education their top priority. Our affiliated, partnering faculty will introduce you — across a range of clinical locations — to best practices and a diversity of patient populations.

From our interprofessional learning environment on the North Haven Campus to our team-oriented curriculum and classrooms, we encourage the kind of collaboration that is becoming an important hallmark of good medical care.

Every part of our program supports our vision of educating patient‐centered physicians who are effective partners and leaders in the delivery of health care in the communities they serve.

Join Us in Welcoming the Class of 2028

Join us in welcoming the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine's Class of 2028 as they don their white coats and assume the responsibility of putting patients first. The Annual White Coat Ceremony features addresses from university leadership  academic deans and Netter alumni as well as keynote speakers from the medical community. Incoming medical students also recite the Quinnipiac Netter Physician’s Pledge, a variation on the Hippocratic Oath. 

2024 White Coat Ceremony
August 9, 2024
3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
M&T Bank Arena (Basketball)

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A Milestone Moment

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Futures unfold in Match Day envelopes

March 15, 2024

After four years of classes and clinical rotations, 90 students at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac eagerly opened their Match Day envelopes Friday like they were opening the future. Because indeed they were.
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Exceeding exceptional standards in medical education

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Full LCME accreditation term recognizes standard of excellence at School of Medicine

February 26, 2024

In recognition of meeting or exceeding exceptional standards for an educational program leading to an MD, Quinnipiac’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine has been granted a full accreditation term through 2029-2030 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
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New offerings in graduate medical education

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Quinnipiac’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine adds three new residency programs

October 5, 2023

Quinnipiac's Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, in partnership with Hartford HealthCare’s St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, recently added an anesthesiology residency to its outstanding graduate medical education programs with hands-on training in all required anesthesia specialties.
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Strategic Plan, Mission and Vision

Painting a Brighter Healthcare Future for All articulates our intent to continue our journey of excellence in medical education while expanding our educational footprint, cultivating scholarship, and deepening and broadening our commitment to caring for our internal and external communities. We are excited to enter this next chapter of our growth and development, and we look forward to having all members of our community join us on this journey as we boldly paint a brighter future, together.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine will be a vibrant health care community that educates and nurtures diverse, compassionate physicians who promote wellness and patient-centered care for all members of society.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is dedicated to educating current and future physicians to serve our community, as well as our profession. We accomplish this goal in a student-centered, collaborative environment that values compassionate care, integrity and inclusivity, academic excellence and scholarship, adaptability and social responsibility.

  1. Primary Care Education: providing education focused on partnering with patients to promote health as well as first-line care and chronic disease management.

  2. Personal and Professional Integrity: achieving our highest potential as humans and healers by consistently acting with honesty and in accordance with strong moral values.

  3. Academic Excellence: creating a stimulating, student-centered environment that supports both learners and faculty to excel in their scholastic activities.

  4. Inclusiveness and Diversity: reflected in our students, faculty and staff and their respect of all people.

  5. Compassion and Patient-Centeredness: putting the patient at the center of the healthcare experience.

  6. Social Justice: seeking to address healthcare inequalities both locally and globally and provide all patients with equal access to care.

  7. Scholarship: advancing the field of medicine by promoting discovery, application, integration and dissemination of knowledge throughout one’s career.

  8. Interprofessional Collaboration: promoting teamwork between disciplines and across institutions to deliver high-quality care.

  9. Community Partnership: developing learning and service opportunities that improve the health of our community.

  10. Social Responsibility: advocating to improve the broader determinants of health in the setting of finite resources

Who is Frank H. Netter, MD?

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The School of Medicine is named in honor of Frank H. Netter, MD, a surgeon and prolific medical illustrator whose “Atlas of Human Anatomy” has been translated into a dozen languages and is widely used by undergraduate medical students. With his rare combination of artistic talent and perspective as a physician, Netter brought his subject matter to life with stunning precision and clarity. He illustrated cutting‐edge medical advancements ranging from organ transplants and joint replacements to the first artificial heart. His work granted unprecedented visual access to human anatomy and pathology — and was done with a striking level of empathy and humanity.

Known as “Medicine’s Michaelangelo,” Netter’s educational legacy extends beyond his life work to the School of Medicine through a major gift from Barbara and the late Edward Netter, Frank Netter’s first cousin.

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