This is the oldest and largest medical school in Florida
and was established in 1952. The School of Medicine
is located next to Jackson Memorial Hospital in the
Civic Center area of Miami. The school has undergone
considerable growth and is especially noted for its
extensive research. As a result of its growth, this medical school has developed into one of the largest and
most comprehensive medical centers nationwide. The
school has a large full-time faculty and receives numerous research grants. The school’s affiliated hospitals
provide upper-class students with excellent clinical
training experiences because of their large number of
admissions and the broad spectrum of cases seen.
4-year modern. First year: Designed to provide the student with a background of normal structure, function,
and behavior. Basic sciences are integrated into study
of organ systems. These courses include gross
anatomy, cell biophysics, neuroscience, biochemistry,
and systemic physiology. The latter is an interdisciplinary course dealing with structure and function of
organ systems. The Community Clinical Experience
runs throughout the first and second years. It provides
a setting in which students acquire clinical skills
through direct patient contact from the beginning of the
freshman year. Second year: Initial weeks are devoted
to general concepts of advanced basic sciences. A
major course in mechanisms of disease emphasizes the
disease processes that affect various organ systems.
The transition to third-year work is prepared for by
physical diagnosis. Third year: Consists of clerkship
rotations through the major clinical specialties. Fourth
year: Consists of electives. Students may select from a
number of programs at the school and at other institutions, if approved. Students may choose from clinical
(direct patient care and consultative care), academic,
and research electives.
Minority admissions: Applications from women and
socioeconomically disadvantaged candidates are
encouraged, as are those from older applicants. Other
degree programs: MD-PhD program for qualified applicants with extensive prior research experience.
Required courses include minimum premedical science
courses plus 2 semesters of English. Biochemistry is recommended. The school gives preference to residents.
Those nonresidents who have especially attractive academic records and MCAT scores should consider applying. In addition to one’s undergraduate scholastic record
and aptitude test scores, such considerations as interpersonal skills, motivation, maturity, and leadership ability
are considered. Selected individuals are invited to the
medical campus for an interview in order to complete the
admissions process.Acceptances are sent out on a rolling
admission basis until the class of about 182 is filled.
Transfer and advanced standing: Not available.
Teaching: Basic sciences are taught in the Rosenstiel
Medical Sciences Building. Clinical teaching takes place
at Jackson Memorial Hospital (1500 beds) and the VA
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Diabetes
Research Institute, Ryder Trauma (Level 1) Center,
Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Library: The Calder
Memorial Library houses more than 180,000 volumes
and more than 2100 periodicals. Housing: No student
housing exists at present.
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