This school, established in 1971, is one of the 3 colleges of the University of South Florida Health
Sciences Center. Its location on a 1600-acre site of the
northeast section ofTampa, which is an expanding metropolitan area of over 3 million people, has enhanced
the rapid growth of the institution.
4-year semitraditional. The 4-year curriculum is
designed to permit the student to learn the fundamental principles of medicine, to acquire skills of critical
judgment based on evidence and experience, and to
develop an ability to use principles and skills wisely in
solving problems in health and disease. It includes the
sciences basic to medicine, the major clinical disciplines, and other significant elements such as
behavioral science, medical ethics, and human values.
The intent is to foster in students the ability to learn
through self-directed, independent study throughout
their professional lives. Using both ambulatory and
hospital settings, students are given increasing responsibility for patient care in preparation to enter graduate
medical education residencies.
Minority admissions: Special efforts are made to
encourage qualified minority students to apply. Other
degree programs: The school has an MD-PhD program
for a select few students interested in a research career.
Likewise, students interested in public health, preventive medicine, epidemiology, health care systems, or
related areas can secure an MD-MPH degree. This
degree requires minimal additional time and is awarded
by The College of Public Health. Special programs are
available for those interested in primary care. An MDMBA degree is awarded in concert with the College of
Required courses include the minimum premedical
science courses plus 2 semesters of English and mathematics. It is recommended that the MCAT be taken in
the spring of the year of application and that the required
sciences be completed at the time of application.
Coursework in communication, arts, humanities, and
natural sciences is encouraged. Applicants who present
a bachelor’s degree from a liberal arts college are preferred. A 3-year applicant must present a superior
academicrecordanddemonstratedmaturity.Tobecompetitive, Florida residents should have a GPA of 3.0 or
better on a 4.0 scale and score at a minimum of 24 on
the MCAT. Transfer and advanced standing: Information is available at the Web site.
Students’ performance in academic coursework will be
evaluated by assignment of grades of Honors (H), Pass
with Commendation (PC), Pass (P), Fail (F), or Incomplete (I). Passing grades are H, PC, and P in order of
excellence. Deficient grades are F or I. The F or I grade
may be given to a student who fails to complete course
requirements or who fails to attend or participate in
required course activities.
The USF Health Sciences Center offers hospital educational opportunities at facilities with more than 3500
patient beds. The primary teaching facilities are H.L.
Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, JamesA.
Haley Veterans’ Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital. The university’s 538 College of Medicine faculty
members work both on and off campus. Health Sciences Center affiliates for clinical education also
include the following: USF Medical Clinic, University
Diagnostic Clinic, University Psychiatry Center, All
Childrens’ Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center, Bay
Pines Veterans’ Hospital, and the Shriner Hospital for