Thank you for your interest in the Medical Honors Program at the University of Florida! The application cycle is currently closed, and will open December 2019. We invite you to review our website pages and reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
This program is designed for students who are in their second year of enrollment (post secondary education) at a 4-year accredited science degree granting institution (University of Florida or equivalent institution). This program is open to students who are both Florida and non-Florida residents. Students apply for admission to the MHP through the University of Florida College of Medicine Admissions Office.
The application process is no longer two-fold. The application is now combined, which means there will be more time to complete it. Applicants are responsible for understanding the application requirements. A one-time $30 non-refundable application fee will be collected.
The application is designed to resemble both the AMCAS application and the UF College of Medicine application.The information requested for the application includes biographical data, college coursework, personal statement, extracurricular activities (including research), medical and non-medical volunteer activity, physician shadowing, interests/hobbies, employment (if any), and letters of recommendation. Please refer to this AMCAS Application Course Classification Guide for guidance regarding the science and non-science coursework you list on your application. Applicants also respond to several essay prompts addressing various aspects of their motivation for pursuit of a medical career.
Important Dates & Deadlines for the 2020 cycle:
- October 16, 2019 at 5:30PM – MHP Fall 2019 Information Session – Location: McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (LG-101A) – There will be an opportunity to join the information session remotely through Zoom Conferencing. The recording of the information session can be found here (note: the audio begins at 10 minutes).
- December 20, 2019 – Application cycle beings
- TBA – MHP Spring 2020 Information Session
- TBA – MHP Student-Led Application Workshop
- February 14, 2020 – Complete application due, including official transcripts and all letters of recommendation. Application closes at 11:59pm, EST.
Transcripts: All applicants, including current UF students, must order official transcripts from their current college/university. These transcripts must reflect all college credit attempts, including but not limited to, dual enrollment, transfer, transient coursework, withdrawals, incomplete, etc. – if applicable. If not, an official transcript is also required from any college/university attended for which coursework is not reflected on the home institution’s transcript. All students will be expected to submit another official transcript, to reflect final grades, if admitted to the program.
Official transcripts should be mailed to:
Medical Honors Program
UF COM Admissions
PO Box 100216
Gainesville, FL 32610
Note: Official electronic transcripts can be sent in lieu of physical transcripts if offered by your institution. Please note that electronic transcript requests should list email@example.com as the intended email recipient to ensure that your transcripts are sent properly. Electronic transcripts that are not sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will not arrive to our office and can cause further delays in processing your application. Electronic transcripts should not be handled by the applicant. Electronic transcripts should not be sent to the applicant then forwarded to our office or emailed to the applicant then mailed to our office.
Letters of recommendation: Of the three required letters of recommendation, two should be from your university science professors (you may substitute either a letter from a high school science teacher, or a letter from your research mentor, for one of these). The third letter can be from your research mentor, a non-science professor, a physician you have shadowed or from a volunteer coordinator. An additional two letters (academic or character) may be submitted for a maximum of five letters.
Letters of recommendation must be submitted on letterhead, dated and signed by the writer. The application includes an area where applicants can identify recommenders and generate an online letter request which will be emailed to the recommender with instructions to upload the letters. Only letters submitted via the application online process will be included in an applicant’s file. Letters should not be mailed directly to the UF COM Office of Admissions.
Letter guidelines for recommendation providers can be found here. Applicants are welcome to send the Letter Guidelines information sheet to their recommendation providers.
Materials in the completed application are reviewed by the Director of the MHP, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Director of Admissions, Assistant Director of Admissions, and faculty members of the Medical Student Admissions Committee. A holistic review is given for each applicant. This review includes biographical data, college coursework, personal statement, extracurricular activities (including research), medical and non-medical volunteer activity, physician shadowing, interests/hobbies, employment (if any), and letters of recommendation. Competitive applicants are invited for interview.
Interviews are held from approximately late March through late April at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Applicants meet the Director of the MHP and the Assistant Dean for Admissions, and have interviews with two members of the Medical Student Interview Committee.
Recommendations of the interviewers are sent to the Admissions Committee who are responsible for weighing these recommendations and the qualifications of each applicant against those of the entire interviewee pool. The Admissions Committee makes the final determination of each applicant’s status. Applicants accepted into the program are given formal notification once a transcript containing their spring grades is submitted, usually in early to mid-May.
Following acceptance, a candidate has one week to agree to the terms and conditions in the acceptance policy and follow the requirements stated within.
An applicant who is not successful in gaining admission into the MHP and who wishes to apply for regular admission to the College of Medicine must initiate a new application process through AMCAS. Applying to the MHP is not considered an application to medical school, as asked on the AMCAS application.