University of South Florida College of Medicine


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.

Unique Programs

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 Business.


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 Crippled Children.

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