7-Year Medical Program

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About the 7-year medical program:
Students' first three years of college study will be completed at the Honors College at USF and the fourth year will be completed through the Morsani College of Medicine. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) will be conferred following successful completion of undergraduate requirements (typically after the fourth year of study). Students applying for this accelerated program will complete a major in Biomedical Sciences (BMS). The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) will be conferred after the successful completion of the medical program.

During the first three years of study Honors College academic advisors will provide oversight of the student's progress in meeting Honors requirements and will coordinate overall completion of the first half of the program. The Morsani College of Medicine will provide oversight of the four-year medical school curricular components of the program.

7-year medical program FAQs

Initial Eligibility Requirements (Fall 2016 and beyond)

Formal Continuation Process (Fall 2015 and beyond)

USF Program Requirements (First Three Years)

Grade Point Average:
At the end of the spring semester of Year 1, students must attain both an overall (OA) and science/math (BCPM) grade point average (GPA) of 3.60, without the use of grade forgiveness. If students transfer in a GPA from dual enrollment or transient coursework completed at another institution, the overall and science/math GPAs from all coursework completed at USF must also be 3.60 or higher.

At the end of the summer semester of Years 2 and 3, students must attain both an overall (OA) and science/math (BCPM) grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, without the use of grade forgiveness.

Note: GPAs are not rounded.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT):
The MCAT must be taken at least one month prior to the EDP primary application deadline. Due to the nature of a new MCAT, the program benchmark is forthcoming. However, it will be expected to reflect a competitive score. The score must be available to the Morsani College of Medicine by August 1st of the application year. It is recommended that students begin preparing a year in advance for the exam.

Health-Related Research:
Students are required to complete a minimum of two (2) semesters of undergraduate health-related research. Research may be lab-based, clinical or social//behavioral in nature. Prior to starting the research project, students must obtain approval from their 7-Year BS/MD advisor. Students should submit proposal for their Biomedical Research using this form to their 7-Year BS/MD advisor for review. Students often opt to complete their research as their Honors College Senior Project (IDH 5956/5975). In this instance, students should plan to begin their research a semester prior to the two-semester senior project.

The purpose of this requirement is to immerse students in research so they gain a full understanding of all aspects of the research process, including inquiry, developing and testing hypotheses, methodology, analyzing/interpreting results, gathering conclusions and considering implications/future potential projects. This also includes learning whether or not students enjoy research and would like it to be integrated into their career and to learn to understand scientific/medical literature. Ideally, student researchers would have their own projects and data with which to work. However, since this is not always possible, there are students (not enrolled in thesis) who work closely with faculty mentors (or doctoral-level students working for principal investigators), assisting them with the various steps in the research process (and many times being responsible for individual tasks).

Honors College Curriculum:
Prior to matriculation to the Morsani College of Medicine in Year four, students must complete the Honors College curriculum, a two semester thesis (IDH 5956/5975), a special section of IDH 3600 in Biomedical Ethics and fulfill the global/cultural experience requirement. Students must also complete any additional courses needed to fulfill FKL (Foundations of Knowledge & Learning). Please visit here to determine which honors courses fulfill specific FKL Requirements.

Medical Observation & Community Service:
By May 15th of Year 1, students must submit a minimum of 40 contact hours of any combination of community service or medical observation. Only hours completed after high school graduation will apply toward the 7-Year BS/MD program.

Students must complete a minimum of 120 contact hours of medical observation and community service (60 hours each) by June 1st of Year 2. Students who opt to apply to medical schools outside the 7-Year BS/MD program should plan to complete additional hours.

Students must document hours through the appropriate online form. Hours must be verified by an on-site supervisor. In the case of medical observation, an email confirmation from the physician or designee is required. For community service, an email confirmation from the volunteer/site coordinator is required.

Medical Observation:
Students must complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of approved medical observation by June 1st of Year 2. Acceptable observation experiences include physician (MD only) shadowing (i.e., observing) or direct patient/physician interaction in a hospital or clinic. Students should discuss opportunities with the 7-Year BS/MD advisor to ensure that their medical observation is suitable to fulfill the program's requirement.

Community Service:
A career in medicine is a career in service; therefore, service is an important component of a pre-medical student's preparation. Students in the 7-Year BS/MD program must complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of service by the time they submit their primary AMCAS application to the Morsani College of Medicine. Service may be completed on or off-campus, but it must be affiliated with a recognized non-profit organization which provides donated services for public benefit. Examples of appropriate service activities include Habitat for Humanity, Reach Out and Read, Relay for Life, United Way, Metropolitan Ministries, and service projects organized through USF's Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement. Students may volunteer in a hospital or clinic in order to obtain patient-care experience; community service of a non-medical nature is also strongly encouraged.

Note: Volunteer activities that are religious or political in nature are not accepted toward this requirement. If you are unsure whether or not your intended service experience is appropriate to meet the 7-Year BS/MD requirement, please check with the program advisor.

Morsani College of Medicine Interview: 
Students must have a successful formal interview with the Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM). Early Decision interviews are typically conducted in September and October of Year 3. Honors College advisors are available to assist students in preparing for the formal interview.

Letters of Recommendation:
Students must submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation as part of the secondary application to MCOM (required letter amounts vary among other medical schools).