About Us

program overview

Welcome to the MD-PhD Training Program!

In 2007, the UF MD-PhD training program was established to prepare the next generation of physician scientists for impactful careers which integrate biomedical science and clinical medicine. The current program is a collaboration between UF’s College of Medicine and the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. This program is fully-funded, inclusive of all health majors and disciplines and integrates clinical research with practical training opportunities within UF’s academic health center (AHC).

George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

History

Prior to 1986, there was no formal MD-PhD Training Program at the University of Florida (UF). The program initially consisted of an accommodation of MD students who wanted to pursue PhD training. It remained small until 2007, when new College of Medicine leadership made a commitment to the funding of tuition  and stipends. The number of Scholars matriculating since 2007 has been 4-6 Scholars per year, with a recent increase to 8 new Scholars per year under the leadership of our current Directorate.

Framework

The UF MD-PhD Training Program is based on eight core concepts which form a Community of Practice approach to education:

Clinical & Translational Science

This program emphasizes discovery science and its application to address important issues in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease.

Breadth of Training


Scholars will have interdisciplinary opportunities, mentorship and support for training in a broad spectrum of disciplines, including basic biomedical, behavioral, community, population, and data sciences.

Integration of Clinical and Translational Research Training

Each phase of MD-PhD training will include components of both research and clinical medicine with emphasis on integration of these elements throughout the scholar’s education.

Transition Between Phases of Training

Program leadership will provide assistance during the major transition periods between MD and PhD programs and prepare scholars for postgraduate medical training.

Trainee Involvement

Scholars will participate in program planning, implementation and evaluation. Specifically, the scholar council operates several elements of the programs, provides input and coordinates new or proposed initiatives, and occupies seats at directorate meetings and functions.

Team Science

Scholar training will involve acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to team science.

Career Preparation

Scholars will be prepared for a broad range of biomedical science career options. This includes academic careers, private industry, entrepreneurship, government, and community engagement/advocacy.

Evidence-based Educational Methods

This program will rely on evidence-based educational methods and technologies wherever possible, and contribute evidence for new training approaches.

UF Campus Partners

college of medicine

The UF COM is comprised of award-winning faculty and research teams spanning 8 affiliated research institutes and 28 research centers.

George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building

clinical and translational science institute

Integration with the UF CTSI makes available extensive facilities, personnel, and support for MD-PHD scholars.

CTSI Building

academic health center

The UF AHC, with its six health science colleges, provides excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary training through its large pool of potential mentors.

health science center