Clinical Curriculum for the MD Degree (Please see UF College of Medicine website)
Scholars have immersive clinical experiences (preceptorships) beginning in the Fall of their first semester of Medical School, and each following semester, prior to beginning their clinical clerkships. The MD curriculum has 64 weeks of required clinical rotations in medicine, pediatrics, surgery, ob-gyn, psychiatry, family medicine, neurology, emergency medicine, critical care and gerontology, over 86 weeks of the curriculum in MS-3 and MS-4, with additional weeks available for electives, research, etc.
Elective Clinical Opportunities: Equal Access Clinic
Almost all medical students participate in the Equal Access Clinic (EAC) during their time at UF. The EAC is a family of student-run healthcare clinics that have provided healthcare, free of charge, to Gainesville residents for 27 years. Its vision is to improve the physical, mental, and social well-being of all through community-level interaction. The participation of the Scholars is voluntary, but the leadership and staffing have extensively relied upon MD-PhD Scholars in the GS-1 to GS-4 years. All clinical activities are supervised by credentialed faculty volunteers. Roles of Scholars have ranged from patient advocates, care providers, administrators, research directors, grant writers, etc. The EAC provides regular, high quality, supervised clinical experience for Scholars during the GS1-4 years. Participation of all MD-PhD Scholars has been the norm for many years.
Addressing the challenge of starting clinical training after several years of graduate school, Scholars may shadow physicians (Clinical Mentors) throughout the research training period, specifically increasing in frequency several weeks before beginning clinical clerkships. Trainees will have the opportunity to choose a primary Clinical Mentor for mentoring, as well as attend case presentations and patient rounds with other Clinical Mentors.
Re-immersion: A re-immersion program run by students and faculty will help enhance trainee skills (dexterity) and readiness (mental preparation, patient H&P, clinical presentations) to begin their clinical training.