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.
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Required Core Curriculum Descriptions
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, Menís and Womenís Health - diseases and therapy of the brain and peripheral nervous system, endocrine system, male and female reproductive tracts; psychiatry, including psychiatric interviewing.
Selective seminars in several areas of the studentsí 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 Childrenís Hospital, and Morsani Center for Advanced Patient care. The year includes 4 weeks of elective time of the studentís choice to explore non-clerkship career options or do research.
- Primary Care - outpatient care in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Womenís 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:
- Four months of work in a track that prepares students for a specific residency discipline, including:
- An Acting Internship with direct patient management responsibility (1 month)
- A return to basic science in the discipline of the track, involving both clinical and basic science approaches to the discipline (2-4 weeks)
- 1-2 months of specialty, consultative, or other selectives
- Five months of additional coursework, which may include independent study electives, externships at other approved medical centers, and additional electives of the studentís 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 patientsí 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 countryís 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.