This medical school began in 1956 and occupies the
southeast corner of the 2000-acre University of Florida
campus. It is a component of the University of Florida
Health Sciences Center, which also consists of colleges
of Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy,
and Health-Related Professionals.
4-year semitraditional. First year: In addition to the
basic sciences, courses in diagnostic imaging, patient
care, human behavior, and molecular genetics are presented. Second year: Advanced basic sciences, courses
in ophthalmology, radiology, physical diagnosis, and
ethics are offered. Third year: Eight clinical clerkships
extending over 52 weeks. Fourth year: Surgical and
medical clerkships, coursework, and electives in
selected categorical areas related to medicine within
the medical school or at 2 nonuniversity settings. During the first summer and elective period, students may
become involved in research. The option also exists for
extending the preclinical basic science program
courses over a 3-year period.
Minority admissions: The college encourages underrepresented applicants from minority groups.Asummer
workshop for new minority matriculants is sponsored
annually. It is an orientation and academic preparation
program. Other degree programs: The school offers a
Junior Honors Medical Program that allows college
juniors to enroll in basic medical science seminars and
undergraduate courses. During their senior year they
become full-time medical students and receive their
baccalaureate at year’s end. Several dual-degree programs are also offered, including a funded MD/PhD
track for those desiring academic careers.
Only the minimum premedical science courses plus biochemistry (with lab) are required. The college gives
for a bachelor’s degree and who are state residents. Very
few of the class are nonresidents; out-of-state applicants
should have a 3.9 or better GPA. Selection is based on
academic record, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, and personal attributes. Transfer and advanced
standing: Transfer is rarely possible.
The system used is letter/number but some courses use
a Pass/Fail system. At the end of each quarter the Committee on Academic Status reviews each student’s
performance on the basis of grades and comments by
faculty and recommends suitable action to the dean. Students who receive Fs in 2 major courses in one semester
will be dropped automatically. In order to graduate, the
student must pass Step 1 and take Step 2 of the USMLE.
Teaching: Basic sciences are taught in J. Hillis Miller
HealthCenter,whichincludestheShandsTeachingHospital (850 beds). Clinical teaching also takes place at the
nearby VA Hospital (450 beds). Other: Research facilities are present in the Health Center, VA Hospital, and
Academic Research Building, Genetic Institutes.
Library: The Health Center Library has a collection of
more than 193,000 books and periodicals. Computerbased retrieval services are available. Housing:
Accommodations are available for single students in
Beaty Towers and Schucht Village, and for married students in Cory, University, Maguire, and Diamond
Memorial Villages. The latter contain 1-, 2-, and some