Selection into the program secures admission into the College of Medicine at the University of Florida, contingent upon satisfactory completion of the junior year (third year) curriculum. Each student’s progress is reviewed at the end of the junior year to assure that the student has complied with the academic and research requirements, and maintained the high standards expected of a student participating in this accelerated honors program.
The curriculum for the MHP year (third year of undergraduate training) is as follows:
By the end of their junior year, participants in the MHP must have fulfilled the following academic requirements, some of which depend on the MHP concentration taken by the student:
- All MHP students take three required seminars taught by College of Medicine faculty. These required seminars are in Cell Biology
(MDU-4010-Cell-Bio-FA15), Pharmacology (MDU 4002 Schedule 2015), and Humanities and Clinical Practice (Fall 2015Medical_Humanities_Syllabus).
- Students within the Biomedical Sciences concentration will take Translational Neuroscience (MDU 4001 Translational Neuroscience)*
- Students within the Rural and Urban Underserved Medicine concentration will take Global Healthcare (MDU XXXX).*
* These courses are offered at separate times so that all MHP students may take them, regardless of concentration.
The required courses provide extensive faculty contact and emphasis is placed on student participation and presentations in a relatively non-structured and informal format.
- In addition to the above MHP courses, students continue to register for course work within the College of Liberal Arts and Science or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to meet course requirements for graduation. This may include General Education requirements in English, a Foreign Language, and Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Physics 1 and 2**
- Biochemistry (BCH 4024 or equivalent)**
- ** Note that one or more of these classes may have been completed prior to the MHP year.
The program also requires that students perform an individual honors thesis research project during the MHP year. The research, which is normally performed within the Health Science Center complex (Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, etc.), may be basic sciences, clinical sciences, translational medicine, health policy research, or a community medicine project. Students may also choose to continue an established research project from a different discipline, such as chemistry or biology. MHP students may perform research in an area of their choosing, but their project and mentor must undergo prior approval by the MHP Director.
There is no designated list of MHP research mentors. Students can use the following resources to find a mentor at UF. The first resource is a direct link to UF’s hub for research endeavors, and the second and third resources (USP & HHMI-Science for Life) award scholarships for research. The fourth is the search engine for the College of Medicine PhD program. Not that you will be doing a PhD at this point, but this site has a great faculty/research search function, including a keyword search. We suggest that you utilize these resources to come up with a list of potential mentors. You can also find more information about potential mentors and their research by visiting their Department web page (http://www.ufl.edu/websites/).
1. UF Center for Undergraduate Research
2. University Scholars Program
3. HHMI Science for Life Program
4. Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences faculty search
During the senior year (fourth year of undergraduate training), students who have successfully completed the third year merge into the standard first year medical program. At the end of the first year of medical school (the fourth year of college), students in the MHP receive a B.S. degree from the University of Florida. Graduation is either with honors, high honors or highest honors, based on academic performance and evaluation of the research thesis.
Students in the MHP will pursue their medical education through the UF College of Medicine (UF COM). UF COM offers a patient-centered curriculum and fosters collaborative learning experiences which provides a myriad of opportunities for our students. We invite you to review the curriculum and timeline. http://education.med.ufl.edu/medical-students/curriculum/