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).
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.
The UF MD-PhD Training Program is based on eight core concepts which form a Community of Practice approach to education:
This program emphasizes discovery science and its application to address important issues in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease.
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.
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.
Program leadership will provide assistance during the major transition periods between MD and PhD programs and prepare scholars for postgraduate medical training.
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.
Scholar training will involve acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to team science.
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.
This program will rely on evidence-based educational methods and technologies wherever possible, and contribute evidence for new training approaches.
UF Campus Partners
The UF COM is comprised of award-winning faculty and research teams spanning 8 affiliated research institutes and 28 research centers.
Integration with the UF CTSI makes available extensive facilities, personnel, and support for MD-PHD scholars.
The UF AHC, with its six health science colleges, provides excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary training through its large pool of potential mentors.