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University of Florida Social Sciences and Humanities MD/PhD
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Last updated November 4, 2017

University of Florida

Social Science/Humanities PhD Field Supported:

Anthropology, Health Outcomes and Policy, Public Policy, Epidemiology, Sociology, Health and Human Services, Bioethics, Health Economics, (contact the MD-PhD office at mdphd@medicine.ufl.edu to discuss other fields).

Description of Program:

The University of Florida’s MD-PhD Program has trained clinician-scientists continuously for over 30 years. Recently, the program has undergone major restructuring to increase the size and scope of the program. The current total MD-PhD cohort (for all MS and GS years) is 45. This growth has been possible by securing an increased budget to promote growth in both content, size, scope, and diversity. A major priority for Program development is increasing trainee diversity across research interests, race/ethnicity, and gender. This Program is unique in that each cohort of incoming MD-PhD students work together to develop and run a clinical trial to completion, with publication as the final goal.

Structure of Program:

Trainees complete the first two years of medical school (MS1 and 2), take the USMLE Step 1, and finish one clinical rotation in the specialty of their choice before officially beginning graduate school. Following the MS2 year, MD-PhD trainees typically spend 3-4+ years on their doctoral studies before returning to complete the MS3 and 4 years of medical school.

Funding

During the medical studies portion of the dual MD-PhD Program (i.e. MS 1-4 years) students are provided funding, including full tuition and fees, an annual stipend, and healthcare costs. All MD-PhD students who are not state of Florida residents are required to become state of Florida residents (requires residency in Florida for one year) by the second (MS2) year of medical school in order to reduce the tuition costs to the Program. Failure to do so will mean that the student will pay any difference in tuition for state vs out-of-state medical student tuition. Multiple levels of funding are available during the GS 1-4 graduate study years (e.g. extramural NIH and Foundation funding upon successful application, intramural research assistantships, departmental Training Grant fellowships, departmental teaching assistantships, and institutional fellowships).

Size of incoming joint MD/PhD class:

6-8 (generally 0-1 SSH)/year

Number of students in the social sciences or humanities:

5

Number of graduates from the SSH joint MD/PhD program:

0

Application Process:

Applicants must satisfy admissions requirements for both the College of Medicine and the Graduate School. Candidates must demonstrate academic superiority, a strong humanitarian commitment, and significant prior research experience. Successful applicants are expected to achieve outstanding scores on the MCAT; the GRE is not required. Typically about 40 or so students are invited for interviews and evaluated independently by the traditional Medical Student Admissions Committee and the Executive Committee and the MD-PhD Training Program.

Contact information:

Name: Skip Harris, Program Coordinator for MD-PhD Training Program
Telephone: 352-273-8926
Email: skip.harris@medicine.ufl.edu
Web: http://mdphd.med.ufl.edu
Address: 1600 SW Archer Road, Rm M-137, PO Box 100139, Gainesville, FL 32610-10039

UFL MD/PhD Program Group Photo