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Students following the 7-Year BS/MD Track are required to major in Biomedical Sciences
(BMS), according to the articulation agreement between the College of Arts & Sciences
and the Morsani College of Medicine. However, many 7-Year students are also able to
complete an academic minor in a different discipline.
Students must earn a 3.6 USF (and overall) GPA, as well as a 3.6 USF science and math
("BCPM") GPA, by the end of their first year at USF. This is one of the 7-Year Track/Year
1 benchmarks to continue on to the 7-Year BS/MD Program. By the end of the second
and third years of the program, students are required to present a 3.7 USF (and overall)
GPA, as well as a 3.7 USF science and math ("BCPM") GPA. Please note that dual enrollment
grades will count toward the overall GPAs and that grade forgiveness is not applicable.
All courses offered through the biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics (BCPM)
departments are included in this GPA. Typically, courses are classified as BCPM according
to the content, not course title or department in which the course is offered. For
more specific information about the subjects included in these categories, please
visit the AAMC course classification guide.
The AMCAS GPA calculator is useful for determining the BCPM GPA.
Yes, the MCAT is a requirement for the 7-Year BS/MD program. The MCAT is a standardized
test that assesses student preparation for medical school and is one of the most challenging
tasks for pre-medical students. Students in the 7-Year BS/MD program take the MCAT
after the second year on campus. The latest benchmark was a 515 (92%) out of a possible
528; no individual exam sub-score can be lower than 126. Future benchmark scores,
which are set by the Morsani College of Medicine, may be higher.
There is no guarantee of admission in the 7-Year BS/MD Program. However, students
who successfully complete all first and second year benchmarks are guaranteed a formal
interview with the Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) in the fall of the third year.
Upon successful completion of the interview, a student will receive a conditional
acceptance to MCOM, pending completion of the third year of the program. Provided
accepted students meet third year benchmarks, they will start medical school in the
fall of the fourth year on campus. Since the 7-Year BS/MD program commenced 25 years
ago, every student who has met the benchmarks (including the interview) has been accepted
to USF's Morsani College of Medicine.
First-time in college (FTIC) USF students who have been admitted to the Honors College
and meet initial eligibility criteria may follow the 7-Year Track. The Morsani College
of Medicine (MCOM) does not place a cap on the number of students who can participate
in the Program. However, on average, 15 students per year meet the 7-Year benchmarks
and are eligible to enter the MCOM in their fourth year on campus.
Students may choose to discontinue the 7-Year Track any time, for any reason, during
the first two years of the Program. Many students opt out of the Program because they
want to pursue a major other than Biomedical Sciences, participate in a significant
study abroad experience, or simply because they do not want the added pressure of
accelerating the science curriculum required to complete the MCAT after two years.
Opting out of the Program will not negatively impact a student's chances of being
accepted into the Morsani College of Medicine at a later date or graduating within
The 7-Year BS/MD Program is a true accelerated program in that the first year of medical
school courses are used to fulfill the remaining undergraduate requirements. Therefore,
7-Year students do not receive the bachelor's degree until after the fourth year of
the program (MS1). However, many students who opt out of the Program (or do not meet
the benchmarks) after Year 2 are still able to adjust their future schedules and graduate
in three years. Individualized advising is offered to determine a student's best course
There is no formal application for the 7-Year B.S./MD Program. Students interested in following the 7-Year B.S./MD Track must reach initial eligibility requirements and should communicate this information to their Honors College advisor during their
summer orientation. Students will formally declare their intent to follow the Program
by completing a declaration form on the B.S./MD website in mid-April of the first
year on campus.
International students are classified as non-residents. The Morsani College of Medicine
(MCOM) requires students to be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status. Students
will need to document their status before they apply for admission to MCOM.
For Fall 2020 and beyond, students must enter USF with a minimum SAT score of 1500
or an ACT score of 34 to qualify for the program. The best composite score ("super
score") will be considered. In addition to one of these test scores, students must
present a 4.0 weighted high school GPA, as calculated by the USF Office of Undergraduate
Admissions. For more information about GPA calculation, please visit the USF undergraduate admissions website.
No. The Program is restricted to students who enter the USF Honors College as FTICs
(first time in college students).
All FTIC students who meet initial eligibility requirements are able to follow the
program. An Honors advisor will review each student's accelerated credits to determine
which courses will be applicable to the program. Please note that credits, as well
as the grades, transfer for all dual enrollment credits. Regardless of the number
of credits students bring to USF, the 7-year program cannot be accelerated any further.
While many (if not all) accelerated mechanism credits will transfer to USF, the Morsani
College of Medicine sets the standards as to which science and math credits will count
toward the 7-Year BS/MD program. Credits for the appropriate level of Calculus and
Statistics are applicable to the program. The College of Medicine will accept AP scores
of 5 or IB scores of 7 for relevant science courses; an AP score of 4 (or IB score
of 6) will be accepted for Calculus and Statistics courses. Students who enter with
acceptable science coursework are permitted to count up to one year of one sequence
of science. For example, if a student enters USF with one year of Biology and one
year of Chemistry, the student must choose which sequence s/he will apply to the program
(the second sequence must be repeated at USF).You can view the credit by exam equivalencies at USF here (please note: these are
subject to change for future cohorts). While many accelerated credits may count towards
the Foundations of Knowledge & Learning requirements at USF, the Morsani College of
Medicine (MCOM) sets the standards as to which accelerated science and math credits
will count toward the 7-year medical program*.
*Although you may be permitted to use accelerated science courses toward the 7-Year
Program, the Morsani College of Medicine encourages students to complete all science
courses at the university level to receive the best possible preparation.
Also be aware that while you may be granted credit toward your undergraduate degree
at USF, other medical schools have policies regarding AP/IB/AICE that vary widely.
You are strongly encouraged to check with specific medical schools.
Students interested in the field of medicine should complete a rigorous high school
curriculum, including advanced coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics
(calculus and statistics are preferred). Additionally, since the MCAT (medical college
admissions test) now includes a section on psycho-social foundations of behavior,
students are also encouraged to complete courses in the social and behavioral sciences.
Since the MCAT is taken after the second year of the 7-Year Program, we strongly encourage
students to consider enrolling in accelerated/dual enrollment credits in the areas
of psychology, sociology, anthropology, math and/or English. The goal is for students
to enter USF with some foundation courses fulfilled, so that they are able to enroll
in more advanced MCAT preparatory courses during the first two years at USF. For more
information on MCAT course recommendations, please visit this link.
Please send all questions and inquiries to BSMD@honors.usf.edu.
Students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of community service and 60 hours of
medical observation by the end of the second year of the program. Please note, however,
that a minimum of 40 hours of any combination of service and/or shadowing must be
completed by the end of year one (by August 1).
Please note: although the 7-Year Program requires 120 hours of service and medical
experience, it is recommended that students complete additional hours, not only to
increase enrichment, but so that students are more prepared for the traditional medical
application process, if necessary, in the future.
Community service is working with a community agency or non-profit organization, whether
medically related or not. Volunteering can be identified as non-medical and medical
categories. Examples of non-medical volunteering include clerical work and tutoring
students. Examples of medical volunteering may include patient transport and patient
language translation. The community service benchmark may be met with medical or non-medical
community service/volunteer experiences.
A medical observation experience offers a student the ability to receive firsthand
information about the medical field from medical professionals. The experience can
include, but is not limited to, the shadowing of physicians around hospital facilities
and/or medical offices, observing medical procedures, engaging in dialogue, and discussing
current trends in medicine as well as the future of the field. Medical observation
is also known as "shadowing." We recommend that students shadow two to three physicians
practicing different fields of medicine.
Is international medical observation experience acceptable for the Program?
Yes, students may shadow physicians in a foreign country; however, shadowing outside
the United States should count for no more than 20 of the 60 required hours. There
is no limit on the number of hours students can shadow a foreign physician who is
licensed to practice in the United States.
NOTE: "The primary purpose of a student clinical experience is observation, not hands-on
treatment. You are there to learn, not to treat. More information.
Students who desire to pursue a career in medicine and healthcare must understand
that the field is demanding and is service oriented. The act of service includes helping
patients, colleagues, and the community at large. Additionally, students should gain
familiarity with the medical field and its specialties, as well as with the diverse
nature of medical environments. It is important for one to gain practical knowledge
and experience regarding what a career in medicine will entail prior to applying and
attending medical school. Shadowing is also the best way for students to confirm that
they truly want to become doctors.
Any service and/or shadowing hours completed after graduation from high school will
be applicable to the medical school application. Students are encouraged to start
working on these experiences the summer prior to entering USF. To document these hours,
students should request an electronic form (PDF) by email: BSMD@honors.usf.edu.
Please feel free to contact a 7-Year advisor at any time to inquire about the applicability
of your completed or planned experiences. Documented hours should be on an electronic
form (PDF) obtained by email: BSMD@honors.usf.edu. To determine applicability prior to beginning an activity, please send a short description
of what you did (or what you will be doing) and the name of the organization to BSMD@honors.usf.edu.
All 7-Year students must complete a minimum of two semesters of biomedical/health-related
research prior to the end of the third year of the program. The research can be lab
and/or clinically based. A total of 270 hours (typically 9 hours per week, 15 weeks
each semester) must be documented.
Students should start contacting prospective research mentors no later than spring
of the second year on campus.
Based on the nature of the project, mentors may require students to learn basic lab
techniques prior to beginning the research project. Therefore, students should make
sure they allot plenty of time to plan and coordinate their projects. The earlier
students begin research, the more enrichment they will receive. Additionally, participating
in research oftentimes helps students prepare for the critical thinking aspects of
the MCAT (medical school admissions test).
Please note: all students need pre-approval of their research projects to confirm
suitability for the program. To do so, students need to submit an electronic research
form (PDF) which may be obtained by request: BSMD@honors.usf.edu.
Yes, since 7-Year students do not earn the bachelor's degree after the third year,
they are still eligible to receive some undergraduate aid during the first year of
medical school. However, please note that the award amounts do not increase to cover
the higher cost of medical school tuition. Students are eligible for the same award
amounts they receive during the first three years of the Program. One of the benefits
of this Program is that the ability to use undergraduate aid will reduce the amount
of loans required of students during the first year of medical school.
No. Students in the program need to strictly adhere to the academic plan provided
by BS/MD advisors; the plan is created so that Morsani College of Medicine courses
(MS1) are necessary to complete the degree. Students who complete all degree requirements
after the third year will be required to graduate, and will, therefore, be ineligible
for undergraduate funding. The one exception to this policy is that Florida Bright
Futures will fund up to one semester of graduate/professional level education (at
the undergraduate rate) if students complete the bachelor's degree in 7 semesters
or less. More information about this option may be found on the Bright Futures website.
Students in the program complete an official application through the American Medical
College Application Service (AMCAS) during the summer between the second and third
year on campus. A 7-year advisor will share specific deadlines with students during
the application workshop (which typically takes place in late fall of the second year
of the program).
The primary application includes biographical information, college level coursework,
the personal statement, the list of faculty members/professionals who will be submitting
letters of recommendation, and any previous MCAT scores (or the date when a student
has taken, or will take, the MCAT).
For the 7-Year program, students need to submit a minimum of three (five is recommended)
letters of recommendation, which accompany the secondary medical school application:
preferably two letters submitted by faculty members who have taught students in science
or math courses; the other letter(s) should be written by a non-science/math faculty
member the student has had in class and/or be a character letter--that, ideally, is
written by research mentors, physicians shadowed, or community service coordinators
(work supervisors are also accepted). Regardless of the recommender or type of letter,
the goal is for students to select professionals who know them well and can address
the student's individual talents and characteristics.
*Please note: beginning with the first semester on campus, students should start making
meaningful connections with faculty members.
No. Students who meet all benchmarks in the 7-Year BS/MD Program will apply as Early
Decision applicants and, upon admission, matriculate at USF's Morsani College of Medicine.
Yes. All 7-Year BS/MD students who meet the benchmarks must complete a formal interview
with the Morsani College of Medicine. This process allows admissions committee members
the opportunity to add depth to a student's application, to determine if the student
is prepared for medical school, and to gain insight as to whether or not the student
will be a good fit for the program. An Early Decision 7-Year BS/MD applicant will
typically be interviewed in September or early October of the third year on campus.
Once students complete the formal interview process, they will be notified by the
Morsani College of Medicine with the admissions decision. As EDP applicants, this
typically takes place a few weeks after the interview and by October 1st. Please note
that an acceptance is conditional upon students completing all remaining program benchmarks
by the end of the third year (including academic, research and GPA benchmarks).
There is no guarantee a deferral will be approved, but it is possible. The decision
will be made by the Morsani College of Medicine. Upon receiving your acceptance, you
would need to submit an official request for a one-year deferral.