The future of care. The future of learning. The future of health.

Under a clear blue Florida sky, with the sunlit Tampa skyline behind them, friends and supporters gathered in downtown Tampa the morning of Dec. 8 to celebrate a key milestone for the University of South Florida — the site dedication for the future home of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and its Heart Institute. More...

Why Here Why Now

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The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) critically needs a new facility to adapt to contemporary medical training requirements, compete for outstanding students, and ensure their success.

Our students deserve an educational setting that both meets today's standards and can rapidly adapt to the changing educational and technological requirements of modern 21st Century medical education.

Given the incredible opportunities for synergies with community partners, co-locating the USF Health Heart Institute with the new MCOM building in the downtown district will enhance recruitment of top cardiovascular researchers, support clinical and translational research opportunities to advance public health, increase MCOM NIH funding levels, and improve the rankings of MCOM and our partner, Tampa General Hospital.

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Student Success

USF students gathered on the USF seal

Students are the heart of a medical college. Meeting their academic, professional, social and health needs is not just paramount to the success of USF but to the development of the next generation of healthcare providers and leaders.

At the center of USF's downtown plan is the positive impact that it will have on USF medical students. Locating a new USF Health MCOM building in Tampa's urban core will promote the success of our medical students on their journey to becoming the doctors who will care for the citizens of our state and our nation in the coming decade.

Located in the hub of Tampa Bay, the new building will provide our students everything they need to succeed – a state-of-the-art training facility with easy access to clinical training facilities downtown and throughout the area.

And, of critical importance to our students and their families, there are no increased student costs contemplated with the new downtown USF Health building.

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Tomorrow's Physicians

Students donning their white coats

The modern physician is expected know about health systems, medical economics, prevention strategies, and strategies for leadership within the community.

The proposed new building extends the patient-centered vision of integrated care by allowing us to teach integrated clinical skills in a community-focused environment, which creates a new partnership between the community, our students and faculty.

USF Health MCOM will be situated in the heart of a vibrant, amenity-rich redeveloped downtown Tampa waterfront district, to create a modern facility, will provide an improved educational experience for tomorrow's physicians, close proximity to the College's world class simulation center, the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) and to our primary teaching and clinical affiliate, Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and surrounding clinical facilities.

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Caring for the heart

The USF Heart Institute will create new and more effective treatments for one of Florida's leading causes of death through basic, translational and clinical research, and provide cardiovascular disease related care.

At its core, the Institute's research activities will address the root causes of cardiovascular diseases, and will translate knowledge into novel therapeutics and diagnostics to improve treatment and quality of life.

The placement of the Heart Institute at the downtown location will enhance a primary goal of the USF mission, which is to achieve national prominence in research. It will also enhance recruitment of top cardiovascular researchers, enable an increase in NIH funding levels and support clinical and translational research opportunities to advance public health.

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Adam Freeman
University Communications and Marketing, or (813) 974-9047

Anne DeLotto Baier
USF Health Communications, or (813) 974-3303