University of Florida College of Medicine


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.

Unique Programs

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 preferencetothosewhohavecompletedtherequirements 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 3-bedroom apartments.

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