University of South Florida
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Students' first three years of college study will be completed at the Judy Genshaft
Honors College at USF and the fourth year will be completed through the Morsani College
of Medicine (MCOM). 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 by MCOM after the
successful completion of the 4-year medical program.
During the first three years of study Judy Genshaft Honors College academic advisors
will provide oversight of the student's progress in meeting undergraduate requirements
and will coordinate overall completion of the first phase of the program. The Morsani
College of Medicine will provide oversight of the 4-year medical school curricular
components of the program.
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.
The MCAT must be taken at least one month prior to the EDP primary application deadline.
Contact the 7-Year Program Advisor for the current benchmark 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 MCAT.
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 the 7-Year Program advisor. Students should request and submit a Research Proposal
Form from the 7-Year Program advisor for review. Students often opt to complete their
research as their Honors Research Project/Thesis (IDH 4970 x 2). In this instance,
students should plan to begin their research a semester prior to the two-semester
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).
Prior to matriculation to the Morsani College of Medicine in Year 4, students must
complete the Judy Genshaft Honors College curriculum, a two semester thesis (IDH 4970
x 2), special sections of IDH 3600 (Biomedical Ethics) and IDH3400 (Biopsychosocial
Components of Behavior & Health), and fulfill the Global Experience requirement. Students
must also complete any additional courses needed to fulfill Enhanced General Education
requirements. Please review the Honors Enhanced General Education pyramid to determine which Honors courses fulfill specific requirements.
By May 15 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 B.S./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
B.S./MD program should plan to complete hours comparable to national averages (200
for observation and 400 for service).
Students must document hours by requesting an Observation/Service Form from the 7-Year
Program advisor. An email confirmation from the physician or site supervisor (or
designee) may be required.
Students must complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of approved medical observation
by June 1st of Year 2. Acceptable observation experiences include physician (primarily
MD) shadowing (i.e., observing) or direct patient/physician interaction in a hospital
or clinic. Students should discuss opportunities with the 7-Year Program advisor to
ensure that their medical observation is suitable to fulfill the program's requirement
and AAMC ethical standards.
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 B.S./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, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way, Metropolitan
Ministries, Project Downtown, 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 B.S./MD requirement, please check with the Program
Students must successfully interview with the Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM).
Early Decision interviews are typically conducted in September and October of Year
3. Judy Genshaft Honors College advisors are available to assist students in preparing
for the formal interview.
Students must submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation as part of the secondary
application to MCOM (required letter amounts vary among other medical schools). Click
here for more information on how to apply to MCOM.