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Thank you for your interest in the Medical Honors Program at the University of Florida! The 2021 application has closed. We invite you to review our website pages and reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
The Medical Honors Program is a combined 7-year BS/MD program 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.
We are pleased to release a student perspective video created by our MHP students. We hope the video will address some questions you may have as a prospective applicant and give insight as to the path of an MHP student from undergraduate to practicing as a physician.
Applicants are responsible for understanding the application requirements. The link for the electronic application will be posted above once the cycle opens. 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. A one-time $30 non-refundable application fee may be required for students transferring to UF.
Important Dates & Deadlines for the 2021 Cycle
- October 22, 2020 – MHP Fall 2020 Information Session – 5:30-7:00PM EST via Zoom
- December 17, 2020- Application cycle opens (Please Note: It is advised that applicants wait until after their universities’ fall 2020 grades have been posted before ordering their official transcripts.)
- January 19, 2021 – MHP Spring 2021 Information Session – 5:30-7:00PM EST via Zoom
- January 28, 2021 – MHP Student-Led Application Workshop – 7:00-8:30PM EST via Zoom
- February 10, 2021 – Complete application due, including official transcripts and all letters of recommendation. Application closes at 11:59PM EST.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org as the intended email recipient to ensure that your transcripts are sent properly. Electronic transcripts that are not sent to email@example.com 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
A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required:
- Two should be academic letters from individuals such as science high school teachers, non-science high school teachers, science professors, non-science professors, research mentors, and graduate teaching assistants (with lead faculty support and signature). **Note: only one of the two academic letters can be from a high school teacher.
- The third letter should be a character letter and can be from a variety of individuals including (but not limited to) a physician you have shadowed, volunteer coordinator, coach, employer, supervisor of an undergraduate teaching assistant position, etc.
- Any 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.