The development of the UF MD-PhD Training Program is based on eight core concepts (shown in the figure below) and a “Community of Practice” educational model that will facilitate the achievement of its primary goal – the preparation and retention of physician-scientists in impactful careers in biomedical science.
Clinical & Translational Science: The UF MD-PHD Program emphasizes discovery science and its application to address important issues in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease. The integration of the Program with the UF Clinical and Translational Science Award (UF CTSA) Program makes available extensive facilities, personnel, and support for MD-PHD Scholars. The rigor and reproducibility of the discovery science and applied research is a major emphasis of the Program.
Breadth of Training: The research doctorates that MD-PHD Scholars pursue will include a broad spectrum of disciplines, including basic biomedical, behavioral, community, population, and data sciences. The Colleges of the UF HSC, with additional PhD Programs in Biomedical Engineering and Anthropology, will provide interdisciplinary opportunities and support for training with high-quality mentors from 10 PhD Programs.
Integration of Clinical and 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: UF MD-PhD Program leadership will provide assistance to the Scholars during the major transition periods between MD and PhD Programs, to assure retention in both MD and PhD Programs, and prepare Scholars for postgraduate medical training. This includes program-sponsored wellness activities designed to promote scholar wellness and retention through the student-run UF MD-PhD Wellness Committee.
Trainee Involvement: UF MD-PhD Program planning, implementation and evaluation should foster active participation and leadership by Scholars, including the opportunity to initiate programs of value to them. Specifically, the Scholar Counsel operates several elements of the programs, provides input and coordinates new or proposed initiatives, and occupies seats at Directorate meetings and functions.
Team Science: MD-PhD Scholar training will involve acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to Team Science.
Career Preparation: UF MD-PhD Scholars should be prepared for a broad range of biomedical science career options. This does not exclusively consist of academic careers, but also private industry, entrepreneurship, government, and community engagement/advocacy. The primary goal is 100% of graduates with careers involved in biomedical science. Evidence-based Educational Methods: The UF MD-PhD Program will rely on evidence-based educational methods and technologies wherever possible, and contribute evidence for new training approaches.
Evidence-based Educational Methods: The UF MD-PhD Program will rely on evidence-based educational methods and technologies wherever possible, and contribute evidence for new training approaches.