University of South Florida, College of Medicine Admission
University of South Florida, College of Medicine Undergraduate Program
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The University of South Florida is a rather large, public institution located in the city of Tampa, Florida, and has a combined graduate and undergraduate population of over 24,000 students. The university's College of Medicine, however, is significantly smaller, and is home to about 400 graduate medical students. The average age of enrollment is around 23, and it is fairly rare for any of the students to enter the school directly from their undergraduate education. The school is perhaps best known for its terrific research facilities and programs, as well as for its emphasis on the biomedical sciences. Aside from the basic MD degree, the school offers joint degrees in the MD/MPH, and the MD/PhD in various areas of the biomedical sciences.
Admission to the University of South Florida's College of Medicine is extremely competitive among the many students who apply; last year, over 1,500 students applied for admission to the school, and approximately 170 of those students were accepted. Eventually however, only about 100 of the admitted students actually enrolled for the coming semester. The admitted students had average MCAT scores of about 10.0 in Biology, 9.7 in Physics, and 9.7 in Verbal, as well as an average undergraduate GPA of about a 4.0. Students are notified of their admissions status on a rolling basis, and are able to take advantage of the school's early application programs if they so choose.
The university's College of Medicine has about 800 faculty members, all of whom come from relatively diverse medical and academic backgrounds. The school also boasts a very manageable student to faculty ratio of about 1:1, and the small classes allow for plenty of discussion and interaction between students and their professors.
Graduates of the College of Medicine often go on to be accepted to some of the most prestigious and competitive residency programs in the nation, and most frequently specialize in the areas of primary care, family practice, pediatrics, neurology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, as well as psychiatry.
Students are required to complete extensive clinical training including 8 weeks each of internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, ob/gyn, as well as family medicine. Students complete their clinical clerkships at various affiliated facilities including Tampa General Hospital, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, James A. Haley Veteran Hospital, the USF Psychiatry Center, the USF Medical Clinic, All Children's Hospital, USF Eye Institute, the University Diagnostic Institute, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, as well as the Bayfornt Medical Center.
"There are a lot of chances to get your hands dirty, so to speak."
"The faculty here are very very passionate, and they obviously love their jobs."
"If you are an in state student, the school is a real bang for your buck."
"I wish the administration was more accessible."
"It would be nice if tuition was a bit lower for out of state students."
"There is never enough on campus graduate housing available."
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