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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Medicine (MED)

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Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
CIP Code: 51.1201
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 0

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC Box 40 MDC40
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Michael Barber
Phone: 813-974-9702


Faculty Search: Medicine Faculty List

Program Information

The Morsani College of Medicine offers a traditional program and a parallel program that give you a choice of emphasis and geographical focus.

The CORE program is based in Tampa for four years and features a strong preclinical integrated curriculum with small group and engaged learning emphasis, integrated clerkships, and year 4 career tracks that prepare you for the residency of your choice. The Scholarly Concentration option allows you to focus and develop yourself in an area of interest outside the normal curriculum in fields such as Health Care Disparities, Engineering, Business, and Medical Education.

The SELECT program is based in Tampa (2 years) and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (2 years). It has the same integrated curriculum focus as the CORE program, but also offers additional training in Leadership, Health Systems, and Values-Centered Patient Care, all important domains for developing medical leadership. This increased emphasis on leadership (in one on one coaching, small groups, seminars) is a focused alternative to the Scholarly Concentration program for students who want to focus on developing their medical leadership skills.

Major Research Areas

Biomedical research
International Medicine
Medical Education
Health Systems
Health Disparities

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: November 14
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

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Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Program Admission Requirements:
Students applying for admission to the USF Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) M.D. program must complete the requirements for a bachelors degree at a regionally accredited U.S. university or college by the time of matriculation. In addition, all prerequisites must be completed from a U.S. regionally accredited institution by the time of matriculation into the MCOM. Required coursework may not be taken as Pass/Fail or online. Applicants who are currently pursuing a graduate or professional degree are obligated to complete all degree requirements prior to matriculation into the M.D. program. 

  • AMACS Primary Application
  • Secondary Application with program selection
  • Bachelors Degree (from U.S. regionally accredited institutions only)
  • Pre-professional committee evaluation or three faculty letters of recommendation
  • Two personal / character letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Medical College Admissions (MCAT)
  • Residency must be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Required Core Curriculum Descriptions

Doctoring 1-3
A three year small group-based sequence that teaches students interviewing, physical diagnosis, and differential diagnostic skills; bioethics, medical humanities, health systems and economics; community, preventive, and public health. Introduces care of special populations including the disabled.

Evidence-based Clinical Reasoning 1-2
A two year sequence first introducing students to principles of statistics and evidence-based medicine, then applying that knowledge in small group based problem based learning (PBL) cases in which students research topics relevant to the presented cases and teach their small group peers what they learned. The course emphasizes evidence-based and lifelong learning principles.

Year 1-2 Medical Science Courses
Years 1 and 2 of the curriculum are a continuum that introduce students to an organ system-based overview of normal and disease processes, increasing the emphasis on diseases and therapy as the courses progress. Courses integrate anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacology relevant to the organ systems under study.

  • Course 1: Musculoskeletal System - dissection based anatomy of the back and extremities; physiology and biochemistry of muscle contraction
  • Course 1: Cancer biology - a review of important tenets of molecular/cellular biology, genetics and immunology from the perspective of cancer pathogenesis and treatment.
  • Course 2: Neurologic System - structure and function of the central and peripheral neurologic system
  • Course 3: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems - normal function, common abnormalities, and structural anatomy of the heart, lungs and vessels; components and physiology of blood.
  • Course 4: Renal, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, and Reproductive Systems - integrated histology, physiology and gross anatomy of these systems; biochemistry and physiology of metabolism.
  • Course 5: Immunology, Microbiology, Hematology, Rheumatology, Dermatology - principles of immune host defense, microbial pathogenesis; autoimmunity/rheumatologic diseases; diseases of blood and skin.
  • Course 6: Nephrology, Pulmonary Disease, Cardiology, Gastroenterology - pathophysiology, pathology, and pharmacology for diseases of kidneys, lungs, heart/vessels, liver, and GI tract.
  • Course 7: Neurology, Psychiatry, Endocrinology, Mens and Womens Health - diseases and therapy of the brain and peripheral nervous system, endocrine system, male and female reproductive tracts; psychiatry, including psychiatric interviewing.

Colloquium 1-2
Selective seminars in several areas of the students choice (e.g. advances in radiology, sun and skin, neurosurgery principles, etc.) designed to give the students elective choice in developing career plans. Taken twice, once per year.

Year 3 Clinical Clerkships
MCOM clinical clerkships in Tampa emphasize integrative process of patient care from a patient perspective, vs. the traditional departmental-based approach. Multiple departments interact to deliver the curriculum at core clinical sites including Tampa General Hospital, Haley VA Medical Center, All Childrens Hospital, and Morsani Center for Advanced Patient care. The year includes 4 weeks of elective time of the students choice to explore non-clerkship career options or do research.

  • Primary Care - outpatient care in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Womens Health/Gynecology, emphasizing management of common chronic diseases and prevention strategies.
  • Adult Medicine - inpatient care of acute adult illness
  • Surgical Care - principles of pre-, intra-, and post-operative care, with rotations in general, trauma, vascular, and gynecologic surgery. Includes selective rotations in surgical subspecialties and simulation training at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa.
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - diagnosis and therapy of neurologic and psychiatric illness in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Shared approaches to patients with altered mental state.
  • Maternal, Newborn, and Pediatric Care - Obstetrics, prenatal care, labor and delivery, newborn nursery, inpatient pediatric care

Year 4 Electives/Selectives
Year 4 is focused on preparation for residency, building advanced clinical skills, and exploration of areas of medicine of interest to the student. Nine months of coursework are required, including:

  1. Four months of work in a track that prepares students for a specific residency discipline, including:
    1. An Acting Internship with direct patient management responsibility (1 month)
    2. A return to basic science in the discipline of the track, involving both clinical and basic science approaches to the discipline (2-4 weeks)
    3. 1-2 months of specialty, consultative, or other selectives
  2. Five months of additional coursework, which may include independent study electives, externships at other approved medical centers, and additional electives of the students choice.

SELECT Program Overview

Building Leadership Competencies and Emotional Intelligence
The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine SELECT program (Scholarly Excellence. Leadership Experiences. Collaborative Training.) prepares students to be physician leaders who can accelerate change in health care. The program recruits and develops students with the intellectual perspective, empathy, creativity and passion to change patient care, the health of communities and the medical profession. The founding principle of SELECT is the concept that students with high emotional intelligence are more likely to develop the skills needed to transform health care and improve the health of communities. In essence: students with a strong foundation in emotional intelligence will become more engaged, compassionate physicians who will connect deeply with their patients and their patients families; feel more comfortable with and be more effective as team leaders and team members; and have the relationship building skills and systems perspectives to more effectively lead change in health care organizations.
One of the most distinctive features of SELECT is the opportunity for medical students to shape their educational experiences at both a highly progressive, student-centered medical school, the USF Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, FL, AND at one of the countrys top health networks known for its quality, safety, and lean approach to driving efficiency in healthcare, the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA. The first class was admitted in 2011, and 56 students are now admitted annually. Students admitted to SELECT spend their first two years taking classes at the USF Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, and then go to Lehigh Valley Campus for two years of clinical education. Students admitted to SELECT develop leadership skills that will arm them with the knowledge, resources, and network to change the healthcare landscape for the better. These include:

  • Making a difference in the lives of patients, peers, community, and hospitals.
  • Applying continuous improvement approaches to optimize healthcare quality, patient safety, and efficient use of resources.
  • Building resilience to operate efficiently in complex health systems.
  • Acquiring tools to become a change catalyst.
  • Becoming a driving force for the evolution of healthcare quality.

College Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

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