Founded in 1834 as the Medical College of Louisiana, Tulane University School of Medicine is one of the oldest medical schools in the United States. Established to combat yellow fever and smallpox in New Orleans, the school has become a leading institution known for medical education, research, and patient care. Over the years, it has significantly contributed to medicine, including groundbreaking research and innovative treatments. 

Today, Tulane continues its legacy of excellence, training the next generation of healthcare leaders and advancing medical knowledge.



We improve human health and foster healthy communities by discovering and translating the best science into clinical practice and education, delivering the highest quality patient care, and preparing the next generation of distinguished clinical and scientific leaders.



To be a distinctive, preeminent research-intensive medical school, transforming health through discovery, lifelong learning, and patient-centered health care.

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Core Values



Tulane School of Medicine recruits top faculty, researchers, and students from around the world and pushes the boundaries of medicine with groundbreaking medical research and surgical advances. From the invention of the binocular microscope to robotic surgeries, we remain at the forefront of modern medical innovation. Tulane School of Medicine is equipping the next generation of medical professionals with the tools to succeed in a rapidly changing world and shape the future of health care. Daily, we strive to meet our mission of "Education, Research and Patient Care: We Heal Communities."

Tulane School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

At Tulane University School of Medicine, our Institutional Educational Program Objectives ensure comprehensive preparation for medical careers. We focus on Patient Care, Knowledge for Practice, and Practice-based Learning and Improvement for continuous quality enhancement.

We emphasize Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice to instill ethical principles and navigate healthcare systems effectively. Our curriculum includes Interprofessional Collaboration and Personal and Professional Development for holistic growth, alongside Community Engagement and Service to encourage societal contributions.

These objectives guide our students to become competent, compassionate, and innovative healthcare leaders.

Our History

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New Orleans, located in a subtropical climate and with one of the busiest international ports in the world, was vulnerable to all types of virulent infectious diseases in 1834. When the Medical College of Louisiana published its prospectus that same year, key among its objectives was "to lead the advancement of science and the rational treatment of disease."