UCF’s M.D. Program allows students to prepare for careers in every discipline of medicine and to focus on an individualized area of study or research. The M.D. Program learning experience is a unique and exciting blend of state-of-the-art technology, interactions with virtual patients, clinical and laboratory experiences, research, facilitator-directed small group sessions, and interactive didactic lectures. The UCF College of Medicine is fully accredited by LCME.
Program highlights include:
Clinical experiences are embedded throughout the first two years in P-1 and P-2 Community of Practice modules. At least twice a month, students will work with community preceptors in a variety of settings to practice skills and to apply the concepts mastered in the integrated basic science curriculum to real patients.
As part of approach described by the Dean as “Keep the Dream Alive!”, each student will complete a focused inquiry and research project in the I-1 and I-2 modules. The scope of the project is limited only by the student’s imagination and may include bench or clinical research as well as studies of quality of care, hospitality in medicine, quality of life, legal aspects of medicine, and more. Students will work with a mentor to develop a project or area of study that focuses on the student’s unique interest and career plans.
Innovative simulation and animation experiences have been designed explicitly to integrate into and reinforce the curriculum. From basic science concepts to clinical diagnoses and treatment, the human patient mannequin simulators and online interactive virtual patients enhance and complement learning.
UCF offers these joint degrees:
MD/MBA, a joint medical and business degree program focusing on developing effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.
MD/MS in Hospitality and Tourism Management, a specialized degree program for individuals interested in enhancing their management skills through studying hospitality and service-oriented business models.
MD/PhD, a College of Medicine program that prepares clinician-scientists for a career in academic medicine to become leaders in the international academic medical community.
This program has potential ties to state-regulated professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-COM-Medical-Doctor-MD-June2020.pdf.
The four-year medical curriculum at UCF is designed to fully integrate basic science and clinical medicine, provide students with appreciation of cultural diversity and the need for sensitivity in treating patients, foster professionalism in all interactions, and ignite a passion for life-long learning.
The first two years of the curriculum are structured into modules, with the first year focusing on a fundamental understanding of how the various basic science disciplines relate to the normal human body. The second year takes an organ system-based approach and applies the basic knowledge of the first year to the study of clinical disease, pathological processes, and treatment. In concert with these aspects of medicine, the curriculum also covers psychosocial issues, cultural differences, communication skills, and physical diagnosis skills as they relate to the different topics in medicine.
The third and fourth years of the curriculum are devoted to clinical experience through clerkships, selectives, and electives. The clinical curriculum provides practical patient experiences complemented by basic science lectures, simulations, journal clubs, and conferences throughout the six core clerkships.
Throughout all four years of the M.D. program, Longitudinal Curricular Themes (LCT’s) emphasize critical aspects of medicine and medical care that are not addressed in the basic core curriculum. The LCT’s include Ethics and Humanities, Gender-Based Medicine, Medical Informatics, Medical Nutrition, Geriatrics and Principles of Palliative Care, Culture, Health and Society, and Patient Safety. Each of these themes will be highlighted when appropriate in the core curriculum and reinforced through a variety of interactive experiences.