For the similarly named Federation academy, please see Federation Medical Academy.

Starfleet Medical Academy was the medical school associated with Starfleet Medical and Starfleet Academy. Students wishing to become physicians within Starfleet may apply to the Academy.

Student lifeEdit


Class of 2368 graduates Julian Bashir, salutatorian, and Elizabeth Lense, valedictorian, reunite at Quark's

As a student at medical school, Leonard McCoy used to play practical jokes with trick drinking glasses that would dribble the beverage as the person drank from it. (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

Julian Bashir designed a candy bar that was superior in food value to that of Starfleet combat rations during his time at the Academy. (DS9: "The Siege")

Bashir was also the captain of the Academy racquetball team. That team won the Sector Championships during his final year against a Vulcan rival. (DS9: "Rivals")


During their first year, medical students are taught that medical tricorders are very accurate with live people but not so with the deceased. (DS9: "The Passenger")

The Academy offered engineering extension courses to interested students who wished to supplement their medical training. (DS9: "Armageddon Game")

One professor at the Medical Academy taught that the brain had a "spark of life" that couldn't be replicated. Bashir recalled this comment when facing the question of replacing parts of Bareil Antos' brain with artificial implants. (DS9: "Life Support")

Final exams and graduationEdit

The final graduation exams for Starfleet Medical Academy included an oral exam. Julian Bashir mistook a preganglionic fiber for a postganglianic nerve during his oral exam. As a result, the valedictorian of his class was Elizabeth Lense. (DS9: "Explorers")

In the late 24th century, Starfleet Medical Academy graduates entered the fleet with the rank of lieutenant junior grade.(citation needededit)

The Starfleet Medical Academy seems to be a separate institution from Starfleet Academy, just as the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is separate from the individual military academies of the United States Armed Forces. According to Ron D. Moore, Bashir first went to the [Starfleet] academy, and only then to medical school. The reason the lieutenant junior grade grade is was then awarded is to would let him keep pace with his Academy classmates, as happens in current military practice. (AOL chat, 1997)

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