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General Questions and Eligibility Requirements

A: The most current and up-to-date information can be found here on our website.

A: An excellent resource for prospective medical school applicants is the Aspiring Docs section of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ website. There are many tools and resources available to applicants that can help provide general preparation for applying to medical school.

A: No. This program is designed for undergraduate students who are in their second post-high school year of enrollment at a four-year accredited science-degree-granting academic institution (University of Florida or equivalent institution). Students who bring in significant AP/IB credits may still apply, however they must do so in their second year of enrollment at a four-year accredited science-degree-granting academic institution. Students who transfer to UF from another college as juniors are not eligible to apply. Students who enter UF after earning their AA degree through high school dual enrollment are considered on a case by case basis. The University of Florida has an excellent Pre-Health advising office and website geared for those interested in a medical career that can be found here.

A: No. You will apply to the program during the spring of your second year of undergraduate enrollment, and if accepted you will matriculate into your first year of medical school after your Medical Honors year without being required to take the MCAT.

A: No. Any undergraduate second year student who meets the eligibility requirements can apply to the MHP.

A: No. On average, MD/PhD programs seek applicants that have extensive research experience (ie, >3 years). Consequently, you should not apply to the MHP if your long term goal is to gain admission to an MD/PhD program.

A: Yes.

A: You must either be a United States citizen or a United States permanent resident in possession of a ‘Green Card.’

A: The GPA (in science and math classes) of accepted students ranges from 3.7 to 4.0.

A: Major criteria are academic excellence, history of service and leadership, proven motivation for a career in medicine, and letters of recommendation.

A: No. The MHP curriculum is designed to provide a transition from undergraduate studies to the UF COM. If you wish to attend medical school beyond the UF COM, please not apply to the MHP.

A: Yes, we encourage those of you who do not get accepted to apply for regular admission to the UF MD program.

A: Check out the Residency List for the Class of 2020 here!

Prerequisites and Co-Curricular Experiences

A: In order to create the most academically competitive application you should take all prerequisite courses at the most competitive four-year accredited science-degree-granting academic institution in which you can gain entrance.

A: Prerequisite courses must be taken in a traditional classroom environment at a four-year accredited science-degree-granting academic institution. Note: The Medical Honors Program recognizes that undergraduate institutions have had to adapt the delivery of prerequisite course content in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not wish for any applicant to be at a disadvantage due to mandatory changes made by their institutions. Prerequisite lectures and labs that have transitioned completely to online for spring, summer, and fall 2020 will be accepted to meet required courses.

A: Yes, you need to have volunteer and service activity, in particular in a medical environment. For local Gainesville clinical volunteering opportunities, please visit this site for Shands. For community service-related volunteering opportunities in Gainesville, please visit this site. In addition, you may review our resource page “How Do I Get Into Medical School?” for further information on the comprehensive process of preparing for medical school applications.

A: No, it is not necessary to have previous research experience. However, it is an advantage in that students in the Medical Honors Program produce an Honors Research Thesis.

A: If you attend the University of Florida, there are research opportunities in nearly every department. Please visit this site for advice and tips.

Unique Aspects That Set The University Of Florida’s BS/MD Program Apart From The Pack

We also see many students who are working with Big Brothers Big Sisters or the YMCA as mentors. They are working with adolescents, and seeing these young future physicians can give back to the community is admirable.

Sayeski and Thomas: Because these students are so young (i.e., 19 or 20 years old), their maturity can be an issue. One thing we try to do is “speed up the calendar.” By this, we mean that while maturity can come through experiences, it often just comes with time. We meet with our students and make sure to check in with them about their workload, service, and how their overall wellbeing is in general. Because they are relatively young, that is something we have to be cognizant of, because there is no way to overcome that.

Sayeski and Thomas: Because these students are so young (i.e., 19 or 20 years old), their maturity can be an issue. One thing we try to do is “speed up the calendar.” By this, we mean that while maturity can come through experiences, it often just comes with time. We meet with our students and make sure to check in with them about their workload, service, and how their overall wellbeing is in general. Because they are relatively young, that is something we have to be cognizant of, because there is no way to overcome that.

Peter Sayeski and Danielle Thomas: It’s a dual-degree, seven-year program, and essentially students will complete their first two years of coursework at a four-year university. After two years, they transfer into our program. The third year of university — we call that the honor year — there are academic, research and service components. They matriculate through that honors year. With the completion of the honors requirements, they would matriculate into our medical school. They would eventually finish with a dual degree (BS/MD) in both science and medicine in just seven years.

Sayeski and Thomas: Something that I think is unique to see on an application is when an applicant has experienced an issue/obstacle and then figured out a way to solve it. One student is coming to mind; he had traveled abroad and noticed that there was a shortage of shoes. He came back to Florida and created a shoe drive for underprivileged people. Based on an experience that he acquired overseas, he was able to connect that to a solution, and was able to grow something from nothing and helped to serve his community.

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