The UF MD-PhD Training Program will recruit, rigorously train, and promote the retention of diverse physician-scientists for impactful roles in careers which integrate biomedical science and clinical medicine. The current MD-PhD program was established in its present form in 2007. The proposed program plan expands and integrates ongoing research training opportunities and develops new ones at the University of Florida Health Science Center (UFHSC). The UF MD-PhD Program is a collaborative effort between the UF College of Medicine and the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
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.