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Overview of the 7 year BS/MD Program at USF

First-time in college (FTIC) USF students who have been admitted to the Honors College, meet initial eligibility criteria for the 7-Year Track, and are interested in attending medical school have an opportunity to receive admission to USF’s Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) and complete a medical degree in seven years, provided that the student continues to meet all the benchmarks of the program, including a successful interview with MCOM.

The first three years of study will be completed at the Honors College at USF and the fourth year will be completed at the Morsani College of Medicine. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) will be conferred following successful completion of undergraduate requirements (typically after the fourth year of study). Students applying for this accelerated program will complete a major in Biomedical Sciences (BMS). The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) will be conferred after the successful completion of the medical program.

Honors College academic advisors will provide oversight of the student's progress in meeting Honors requirements and will coordinate overall completion of the first three years of the program. The Morsani College of Medicine will provide oversight of the 4-year medical school curricular components of the program.

Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • Admission to the Honors College as a first-year student (FTIC). Transfer and continuing students are not eligible to apply for the 7-Year BS/MD program
  • Present an SAT of 1350 (Critical Reading and Math sections) or a combined ACT of 30
  • 3.8 weighted high school grade point average (GPA), as calculated by USF’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency (MCOM does not admit International Applicants)

Application Process

  • Eligible students may follow the 7-Year Track during their first year of undergraduate enrollment. By a specified date at the end of the first year, students will submit a declaration of intent to formally join the 7-Year BS/MD program.
  • Students who meet all specified benchmarks will officially apply to the Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) during the summer between their second and third undergraduate years.
  • Students will choose one of two timelines to submit their applications through the American Medical Application Service (AMCAS).
    • The first option is Early Decision (EDP); for this option, students must submit the primary application (including transcripts) prior to August 1.
    • Students who select the Extended option must submit the primary application (including transcripts) prior to November 1.
    • Regardless of the timeline chosen, an MCAT score which meets the program benchmark must be received by the Morsani College of Medicine no later than the AMCAS primary application deadline.
    • Note: AMCAS applications may be submitted beginning in early June of each year. Since AMCAS reviewers need four to six (4-6) weeks to verify applications prior to forwarding information to medical schools, we strongly encourage students to submit their applications by June 15 for the Early Decision option, and no later than October 15 for the Extended deadline option.
  • Students will submit supplementary application materials, including letters of recommendation, to the Morsani College of Medicine no later than the secondary application deadline (currently August 15 for Early Decision and November 15 for the Extended option).
  • Applicants who have met all GPA, MCAT, and co-curricular benchmarks, and have submitted required application materials by the deadlines will receive an invitation for a formal interview by the Morsani College of Medicine. Successful completion of the interview is a requirement for acceptance into the Morsani College of Medicine.

USF Program Requirements (first three years)

Specific sequence of courses is outlined in each cohort tab

Grade Point Average

  • At the end of the spring semester of Year 1, students must attain both an overall (OA) and science/math (BCPM) grade point average (GPA) of 3.60, without the use of grade forgiveness. If students transfer in a GPA from dual enrollment or transient coursework completed at another institution, the overall and science/math GPAs from all coursework completed at USF must also be 3.60 or higher.
  • At the end of the summer semester of Years 2 and 3, students must attain both an overall (OA) and science/math (BCPM) grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, without the use of grade forgiveness.

Note: GPAs are not rounded.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The MCAT must be taken at least one month prior to the primary application deadline. For students who entered the program in, or prior to, fall 2012, a minimum score of 30 is required, with no individual sub-score lower than 8. While the program benchmark for MCAT 2015 has not yet been determined, it is expected to reflect a competitive score. The score must be available to the Morsani College of Medicine by August 1st for EDP (or November 1 for the Extended option) of the application year. It is recommended that students begin preparing a year in advance for the exam. More information on the MCAT may be found here: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

Biomedical Research

Students are required to complete a minimum of two semesters of undergraduate biomedical research. Research may be lab-based or clinical in nature. Prior to starting the research project, students must obtain approval from their 7YR BS/MD advisor. Students should submit a description of their projects to their 7YR BS/MD advisor for review by the Morsani College of Medicine. Students often opt to complete their research through Honors Thesis (IDH 5956/5975). In this instance, students should plan to begin their research a semester prior to the two semester thesis.

The purpose of this requirement is to immerse students in research so they gain a full understanding of all aspects of the research process, including inquiry, developing and testing hypotheses, methodology, analyzing/interpreting results, gathering conclusions and considering implications/future potential projects. This also includes learning whether or not students enjoy research and would like it to be integrated into their career and to learn to understand scientific/medical literature. Ideally, student researchers would have their own projects and data with which to work. However, since this is not always possible, there are students (not enrolled in thesis) who work closely with faculty mentors (or doctoral-level students working for principal investigators), assisting them with the various steps in the research process (and many times being responsible for individual tasks).

Honors College Curriculum

Prior to matriculation to the Morsani College of Medicine in Year 4, students must complete the Honors College curriculum, a two semester thesis (IDH 5956/5975), a special section of IDH 3600 in Biomedical Ethics and fulfill the cultural experience requirement. Fall 2011 and Fall 2012 admits are also required to take IDH 3100 (Arts & Humanities) and IDH 2010 (Acquisition of Knowledge) in Year 1, as well as one additional core IDH course. Students must also complete any additional courses needed to fulfill FKL (Foundations of Knowledge & Learning). Please visit the following link to determine which honors courses fulfill specific FKL Requirements.

Medical Experience & Community Service

By May 15th of Year 1, students must submit a minimum of 40 contact hours of any combination of community service or medical experience. Only hours completed after high school graduation will apply towards the 7-Year BS/MD program.


Students must complete a minimum of 120 contact hours of medical experience and community service (60 hours each) by June 1st of Year 2. Students who opt to apply to medical schools outside the 7-Year BS/MD program should plan to complete additional hours.


Students must document hours through the online forms available under the Resources & Forms tab. Hours must be verified by an on-site supervisor. In the case of medical experience, an email confirmation from the physician is required. For community service, an email confirmation from the volunteer/site coordinator is required.


Medical Experience:

Students must complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of approved medical experience by June 1st of Year 2. Examples of acceptable experience include physician shadowing (MD only) or direct patient/physician interaction in a hospital or clinic. Students must obtain prior written approval by their 7-Year BS/MD advisor to ensure that their medical experience is suitable to fulfill the program’s requirement.


Community Service

A career in medicine is a career in service; therefore, service is an important component of a pre-medical student's preparation. Students in the 7-Year BS/MD program must complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of service by the time they submit their primary AMCAS application to the Morsani College of Medicine. Service may be completed on or off-campus but must be affiliated with a recognized non-profit organization which provides donated services for public benefit. Examples of appropriate service activities include Habitat for Humanity, Reach Out and Read, Relay for Life, United Way, Metropolitan Ministries, and service projects organized through USF's Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement. Students may volunteer in a hospital or clinic in order to obtain patient-care experience; community service of a non-medical nature is also strongly encouraged.

Note: Volunteer activities that are religious or political in nature are not accepted toward this requirement. If you are unsure whether or not your intended service experience is appropriate to meet the 7-Year BS/MD requirement, please check with one of the program advisors.

College of Medicine Interview

Students must have a successful formal interview with the Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM). Interviews are typically conducted between September and December of Year 3, depending upon when students submit their primary AMCAS application. Honors College advisors are available to assist students in preparing for the formal interview.

Letters of Recommendation

Students must submit a minimum of five letters of recommendation as part of the secondary application to MCOM (required letter amounts vary among other medical schools). For specific information, please visit the following link.

Seven year Academic Requirements and Benchmarks

Seven year Admissions and Eligibility

Seven year Extracurricular and Research Requirements

Seven year Financial Aid

Seven year: The Medical School Application Process



Seven year Academic Requirements and Benchmarks

 

May I choose any academic major and still participate in the program?

Students participating in the 7-Year BS/MD program are required to major in Biomedical Sciences (BMS), per the agreement between the College of Arts & Sciences and the Morsani College of Medicine. However, many 7-Year students are also able to complete an academic minor in a different discipline.

 

What are the GPA benchmarks once I enroll at USF?

Students must earn a 3.6 USF (and overall) GPA, as well as a 3.6 USF science and math (and overall) GPA, by the end of their first year at USF. This is one of the 7-Year Track/Year 1 benchmarks to continue on to the 7-Year BS/MD program. By the end of the second and third years of the program, students are required to present a 3.7 USF (and overall) GPA, as well as a 3.7 USF science and math (and overall) GPA. Please note that dual enrollment grades will count toward the overall GPAs and that grade forgiveness is not applicable.

 

Which courses are included in the science/math (BCPM) GPA? How do I calculate this GPA?

All courses offered through the math, biology, physics and chemistry departments are included in this GPA. For more specific information about the subjects included in these categories, please visit the AAMC course classification guide.

https://www.aamc.org/students/download/181694/data/amcas_course_classification_guide.pdf

 

There is an AMCAS GPA calculator available on the Honors website, through which students can enter the number of credits and grade for each relevant course to determine their science/math GPA.

http://honors.usf.edu/Documents/AMCASGPA_Calculator.xls

 

Is the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) required for the program? If so, what is the benchmark?

Yes, the MCAT is a requirement for the 7-Year BS/MD program. The MCAT is a standardized test that assesses student preparation for medical school and is one of the most challenging tasks for pre-medical students. Students in the 7-Year BS/MD program take the MCAT after the second year on campus. For students who entered USF in fall 2012 (or in previous years), the benchmark is a 30 out of a possible 45 points; no individual exam sub-score can be lower than an eight (8). Since the content and scoring of the MCAT have changed for 2015, the Morsani College of Medicine has not yet specified the benchmark for students who enter in fall 2013 and beyond (once we have this information, it will be updated on the 7-Year BS/MD website). For specific information on the MCAT, please visit www.aamc.org.

 

If I meet all program benchmarks, am I guaranteed admission in to the Morsani College of Medicine?

There is no guarantee of admission in the 7-Year BS/MD program. However, students who successfully complete all first and second year benchmarks are guaranteed a formal interview with the Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) in the fall of the third year. Upon successful completion of the interview, a student will receive a conditional acceptance to MCOM, pending completion of the third year of the program. Provided accepted students meet third year benchmarks, they will start medical school in the fall of the fourth year on campus. Since the 7-Year BS/MD program commenced 25 years ago, every student who has met the benchmarks (including the interview) has been accepted to USF's Morsani College of Medicine. 

 

How many students do you admit into this program each year?

First-time in college (FTIC) USF students who have been admitted to the Honors College and meet initial eligibility criteria may follow the 7-Year Track. The Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) does not place a cap on the number of students who can participate in the program. However, on average, 10-12 students per year meet the benchmarks and are eligible to enter the MCOM in the fourth year on campus.  

 

 

What happens if I decide I no longer want to participate in the program?

Students may choose to decelerate any time, for any reason, during the first two years of the program. Many students opt out of the program because they want to pursue a major other than Biomedical Sciences, participate in a significant study abroad experience, or simply because they do not want the added pressure of accelerating the science curriculum required to complete the MCAT after two years. Opting out of the program will not negatively impact a student’s chances of being accepted into the Morsani College of Medicine at a later date.

 

What if I do not meet the program benchmarks after year two, can I still graduate in three years?

The BS/MD program is a true accelerated program in that the first year of medical school courses are used to fulfill the remaining undergraduate requirements. Therefore, 7-year students do not receive the bachelor’s degree until after the fourth year of the program. However, many students who opt out of the program (or do not meet benchmarks) after year two are still able to adjust their future schedules and graduate in three years.  

Seven year Admissions and Eligibility

 

Is there a formal application that I need to complete in order to gain entrance into the 7-year BS/MD program?

Currently there is no formal application students need to complete prior to entering USF.  Students interested in following the 7-year track should communicate this information to their Honors College advisor during their summer orientation. Students will declare their intent to follow the program by completing a declaration form on the BS/MD website mid-April of the first year on campus.

 

I am not a U.S. Citizen; may I still take participate in the program?

International students are classified as non-residents.  The Morsani College of Medicine requires students to be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status.  Students will need to document their status by the deadline to declare their intent to follow the 7-year BS/MD program (mid-April of the first year). 

 

What are the minimum test score and GPA requirements to participate in the program?

Students must enter USF with a minimum SAT score of 1350 (based on math and critical reading sections) or an ACT score of 30 to qualify for the program. The best composite score will be considered. In addition to one of these test scores, students must present a 3.8 weighted high school GPA, as calculated by the USF Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For more information about GPA calculation, please visit the following link to USF undergraduate admissions.

http://usfweb2.usf.edu/admissions/gpa-requirements.html

 

Are transfer student eligible to apply for the program?

No. The program is restricted to students who enter the USF Honors College as FTICs (first time in college students).

 

I will be entering USF with an AA degree that I earned through Dual Enrollment. May I still participate in the program? If so, is it possible to accelerate the program any further (for example 6 years)?

All FTIC students who meet initial eligibility requirements are able to follow the program. An Honors advisor will review each student’s accelerated credits to determine which courses will be applicable to the program. Please note that credits, as well as the grades, transfer for all dual enrollment credits. Regardless of the number of credits students bring to USF, the 7-year program cannot be accelerated any further. 

 

How will my accelerated mechanism credits (AP/IB/Dual Enrollment) apply to the 7-Year BS/MD program?

While many (if not all) accelerated mechanism credits will transfer to USF, the Morsani College of Medicine sets the standards as to which science and math credits will count toward the 7-year BS/MD program. Credits for the appropriate level of Calculus and Statistics are applicable to the program, provided students earn “A” grades in DE courses or the highest score possible (5 for AP; 7 for IB). Students who enter with acceptable science coursework are permitted to count up to one year of one sequence of science. For example, if a student enters USF with one year of Biology and one year of Chemistry, the student must choose which sequence s/he will apply to the program (the second sequence must be repeated at USF). 

 

I have AP/IB credit; how will the credits apply to the program?

The following link includes the credit by exam equivalencies at USF (please note: these equivalencies were approved for fall 2012 admits; they may be subject to change in the future). While many accelerated credits may count towards the Foundations of Knowledge & Learning requirements at USF, the Morsani College of Medicine sets the standards as to which accelerated science and math credits will count toward the 7-year medical program. 

http://www.ugs.usf.edu/student/crbyexam/exams.cfm

Fall 2012 admits and earlier: The College of Medicine will accept AP scores of 5 or IB scores of 7 for relevant science* and math courses (a score of 4 is accepted for AP Calculus BC).

Fall 2013 admits and beyond: The College of Medicine will accept AP scores of 5 or IB scores of 7 for relevant science courses*; AP scores of 4 (or IB scores of 6) will be accepted for Calculus and Statistics courses.

 

*Although you may be permitted to use accelerated science courses toward the 7-year program, the College of Medicine encourages students to complete all science courses at the university level to receive the best possible preparation. 

 

What can I be doing while still in high school to prepare for this program?

Students interested in the field of medicine should complete a rigorous high school curriculum, including advanced coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics (calculus and statistics are preferred). Additionally, since the MCAT (medical college admissions test) is changing in 2015, students are also encouraged to complete courses in the social and behavioral sciences. Since the MCAT is taken after the second year of the 7-year program, we strongly encourage students to consider enrolling in accelerated/dual enrollment credits in the areas of psychology, sociology, anthropology, math and/or English. The goal is for students to enter USF with some foundation courses fulfilled, so that they are able to enroll in more advanced MCAT preparatory courses during the first two years at USF. For more information on specific accelerated course recommendations, please visit the following link (under the ’13 Admit tab).

http://honors.usf.edu/ap_med.html

 

I have more general questions; who should I contact?

Please send all questions and inquiries to BSMD@honors.usf.edu.

Seven year Extracurricular and Research Requirements

 

How many hours of community service and medical experience are required for the program?

Students must earn a minimum of 60 hours of community service and 60 hours of medical experience by the end of the second year of the program. Please note, however, that a minimum of 40 hours of any combination of service and/or shadowing must be completed by the end of year one (by May 15).

Please note: although the 7-year program requires 120 hours of service and medical experience, it is recommended that students complete additional hours, not only to increase enrichment, but so that students are more prepared for the traditional medical application process, if necessary, in the future.  

 

What is the difference between community service and volunteering?

Community service is working with a community agency or non-profit organization, whether medically related or not. Volunteering can be broken down into non-medical and medical categories. Examples of non-medical volunteering include clerical work and tutoring students. Examples of medical volunteering may include patient transport and patient language translation. The community service benchmark may be met with medical or non-medical community service/volunteer experiences. 

 

What is medical experience?

A medical experience offers a student the ability to receive firsthand information about the medical field from medical professionals. The experience can include, but is not limited to, the shadowing of physicians around hospital facilities and/or medical offices, observing medical procedures, engaging in dialogue, and discussing current trends in medicine as well as the future of the field. Medical experience is also known as shadowing. We recommend that students shadow two to three physicians (M.D.’s only) practicing different fields of medicine. 

 

Is international medical experience acceptable for the program?

Yes, students may shadow physicians in a foreign country; however, shadowing outside the United States should count for no more than 20 of the 60 required hours. There is no limit on the number of hours students can shadow a foreign physician who is licensed to practice in the United States.

NOTE: "The primary purpose of a student clinical experience is observation, not hands-on treatment. You are there to learn, not to treat" (https://www.aamc.org/download/181690/data/guidelinesforstudentsprovidingpatientcare.pdf).

 

Why are these experiences required?

Students who desire to pursue a career in medicine and healthcare must understand that the field is demanding and is service oriented. The act of service includes helping patients, colleagues, and the community at large. Additionally, students should gain familiarity with the medical field and its specialties, as well as with the diverse nature of medical environments. It is important for one to gain practical knowledge and experience regarding what a career in medicine will entail prior to applying and attending medical school. Shadowing is also the best way for students to confirm that they truly want to become doctors.

 

When can I start counting/recording these experiences?

Any service and/or shadowing hours completed after graduation from high school will be applicable to the medical school application. Students are encouraged to start working on these experiences the summer prior to entering USF. To document these hours, students should use the forms available through the 7-year website (under the Resources & Forms tab) http://honors.usf.edu/ap_med.html.  

 

How can I confirm that my volunteer and/or shadowing hours will count towards the program?

Please feel free to contact a 7-year advisor at any time to inquire about the applicability of your completed or planned experiences.  Please send a short description of what you did (or what you will be doing) and the name of the organization to BSMD@honors.usf.edu.

 

What kind of research is required for the program? How many hours do I need to complete?

All 7-year students must complete a minimum of two semesters of biomedical research prior to the end of the third year of the program. The research can be lab and/or clinically based. A total of 270 hours (typically 9 hours per week, 15 weeks each semester) must be documented. 

 

How soon should I begin looking for a research project?

Students should start contacting prospective research mentors no later than spring of the second year on campus.

Based on the nature of the project, mentors may require students to learn basic lab techniques prior to beginning the research project. Therefore, students should make sure they allot plenty of time to plan and coordinate their projects. The earlier students begin research, the more enrichment they will receive. Additionally, participating in research oftentimes helps students prepare for the critical thinking aspects of the MCAT (medical school admissions test).

Please note: all students need pre-approval of their research projects to confirm suitability for the program. To do so, students need to submit a detailed description of the research project, including the name/department of the mentor, to BSMD@honors.usf.edu. 

Seven year Financial Aid

 

Am I still eligible for undergraduate financial aid during the fourth year of the program?

Yes, since 7-year students do not earn the bachelor’s degree after the third year, they are still eligible to receive undergraduate aid during the first year of medical school. However, please note that the award amounts do not increase to cover the higher cost of medical school tuition. Students are eligible for the same award amounts they receive during the first three years of the program. One of the benefits of this program is that the ability to use undergraduate aid will reduce the amount of loans required of students during the first year of medical school.  

 

If I complete all bachelor’s degree requirements during the first three years, am I still eligible to receive undergraduate aid in the fourth year?

No.  Students in the program need to strictly adhere to the academic plan provided by BSMD advisors; the plan is created so that College of Medicine courses are necessary to complete the degree. Students who complete all degree requirements after the third year will be required to graduate, and will, therefore, be ineligible for most undergraduate aid. The one exception to this policy is that Florida Bright Futures will fund up to one semester of graduate/professional level education (at the undergraduate rate) if students complete the bachelor’s degree in 7 semesters or less. More information about this option may be found on the Bright Futures website.

Seven year: The Medical School Application Process

 

When do 7-year students officially apply to medical school?

Students in the program complete an official application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) during the summer between the second and third year on campus. A 7-year advisor will share specific deadlines with students during the application workshop (which typically takes place in late fall of the second year of the program).

 

What does the application require?

The primary application includes biographical information, college level coursework, the personal statement, the list of faculty members/professionals who will be submitting letters of recommendation, and any previous MCAT scores (or the date when a student has taken, or will take, the MCAT). 

 

How many letters of recommendation are required? Who should I ask to write these letters?

For the 7-year program, students need to submit five letters of recommendation, which accompany the secondary medical school application: two letters must be submitted by faculty members who have taught students in science or math courses; the third letter should be written by a non-science/math faculty member the student has had in class; two character letters are also required, that ideally should be written by research mentors, physicians shadowed or community service coordinators (work supervisors are also accepted). Regardless of the recommender or type of letter, the goal is for students to select professionals who know them well and can address the student’s individual talents and characteristics.

Please note: beginning with the first semester on campus, students should start making meaningful connections with faculty members. 

 

Can I choose to attend any medical school as a 7-year student?

No. Students who meet all benchmarks in the 7-year program will matriculate to the USF Morsani College of Medicine.

 

Do I have to complete a medical school interview? When does the interview take place?

Yes. All 7-year students must complete a formal interview with the Morsani College of Medicine. This process allows admissions committee members the opportunity to add depth to a student’s application, to determine if the student is prepared for medical school, and to gain insight as to whether or not the  student will be a good fit for the program. Depending on when a 7-year student submits the AMCAS application, the interview will typically take place between September and January of the third year on campus.  

 

When will I find out if I am officially accepted in to the Morsani College of Medicine?

Once students complete the formal interview process, they will be notified by the College of Medicine with the admissions decision. This typically takes place a few weeks after the interview. Please note that an acceptance is conditional upon students completing all remaining program benchmarks by the end of the third year (including academic, research and GPA benchmarks). 

 

If I fulfill all program benchmarks and am accepted to the Morsani College of Medicine, is it possible to defer acceptance for a year?

There is no guarantee a deferral will be approved. The decision will be made by the Morsani College of Medicine. Upon receiving your acceptance, you would need to submit an official request for a one-year deferral.   

Program Requirements & Timeline
for students who entered Fall 2011

Our 7-year program is designed for students who are passionate about pursuing medicine as a career and wish to accelerate their education. Students should expect the first two years of the program to be intensive as the courses necessary to take the MCAT exam and study for the MCAT are completed. While students in this program do not take heavier course loads than other students, they do take the MCAT exam a full year earlier than others and may have less time to study for the exam. Students must be prepared to earn high grades, do research, shadow physicians and engage in service.

Program Requirements & Timeline for students who entered Fall 2011

Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • Admission to the Honors College as a first year student. Transfer and continuing students are not eligible to enter the 7 Year BS/MD program.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency is a requirement.

USF Program Requirements

The following list of courses and benchmarks must be completed for admission to the USF College of Medicine. Please note: students who meet these benchmarks are not guaranteed acceptance into the 7-year program. The decision will be made by the College of Medicine following the formal interview.

Students who enter USF with AP scores of 5 or IB scores of 7 in any of the math or science requirements are eligible to waive the corresponding courses; however, in certain circumstances students may consider retaking selected requirements. In the event that students decide to apply competitively for medical school, some programs across the country restrict the use of AP, IB or Dual Enrollment credit to satisfy admission requirements.

Dual Enrollment credits in Calculus and Statistics are acceptable for the BS/MD program provided that the student earned a grade of 'A'. Students may also apply Dual Enrollment credit toward up to one year of Chemistry, Biology or Physics (including the labs) provided the student earned grades of 'A' in the lectures and labs. Please see your 7-Year Advisor to discuss the best way to apply your accelerated credit towards your BS/MD program requirements.

Suggested Course Outline

Year 1 - Fall Semester Coursework:

  • ENC 1101 English I (3 or above on AP test waives this requirement)
  • IDH 3100 Honors Arts & Humanities (required first semester Honors course)
  • MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I or MAC 2311 Calculus I
  • CHM 2045, CHM 2045L General Chemistry I & lab (note: must take prior to or with BSC 2010/L)

Year 1 - Fall Semester Activities:

  • Start community service and medical shadowing
  • Create e-portfolio
  • Meet with academic advisor to discuss Spring classes
  • Get involved on campus: find one student organization to join

Year 1 - Spring Semester Coursework:

  • ENC 1102 English II (4 or above on AP test waives requirement)
  • IDH 2010 Acquisition of Knowledge (required second semester Honors course)
  • CHM 2046, CHM 2046L General Chemistry II & lab
  • BSC 2010, BSC 2010L Biology I, Cellular Processes & lab
  • Free Elective (2-3 credits) or STA 2023 Introductory Statistics

Total-30 credits minmum Fall/Spring*

Year 1 - Spring Semester Activities and Benchmarks:

  • Attain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.60, including all graded attempts. NOTE: If students transfer in a GPA from Dual Enrollment or transient coursework completed at another institution, the overall and science/math GPAs from all coursework completed at USF must also be 3.60 or higher. GPAs are not rounded.
  • Attain at least 20 community service or medical shadowing hours and submit documentation to the BS/MD advisor by May 15 (or nearest weekday). See Overview tab for details.

*NOTE: Students should complete at least 30 USF credit hours by end of spring semester. Summer credits can count towards the 30 credit hour requirement for renewal of USF scholarships; however, medical schools review the rigor of regular semester course loads in order to assess a student's readiness for the medical school curriculum. A course load of 15 – 17 credits each fall/spring semester (except the first) is highly recommended. In addition, students who need to take summer classes at an institution other than USF cannot use external summer credits towards USF scholarship renewal requirements.

Year 1 - Summer Semester Coursework:

  • BSC 2011, BSC 2011L Biology II, Diversity & lab
  • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics (if not taken in spring)

Year 1 - Summer Semester Activities:

  • Gain significant community service and medical shadowing experience
  • Begin preparation for MCAT based on coursework completed so far
  • Create undergraduate research profile and explore opportunities: http://ur.usf.edu 

Year 2 - Fall Semester Coursework:

  • CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I lecture only (lab often conflicts with PCB 3063)
  • PHY 2053, PHY 2053L General Physics I & lab
  • PCB 3063, PCB 3063L General Genetics & lab
  • IDH 3600 Honors Biomedical Ethics – Required BS/MD program course (BS/MD advisor will provide section information)
  • Free Elective or course for minor

Year 2 - Fall Semester Activities:

  • Attend BS/MD Application Workshop (students will be emailed date)
  • Contact potential research mentors for biomedical research opportunities. Prior to starting the research project students must obtain approval from the BS/MD program advisor. Students will email a description of their project to their BS/MD advisor for review by the College of Medicine
  • Meet with your BS/MD advisor to discuss spring classes
  • Continue shadowing, volunteering, campus involvement
  • MCAT preparation: take at least one full length AAMC practice test by December

Year 2 - Spring Semester Coursework:

  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II lecture only
  • CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I lab
  • PHY 2054, PHY 2054L General Physics II & lab
  • IDH XXXX Honors Course(to fulfill remaining FKL requirements)
  • Free Elective or course for minor

Total-30 credits minmum Fall/Spring

Year 2 - Spring Semester Activities:

  • Attend College of Medicine visit and tour. Advisor will inform students of date.
  • Approach recommenders for letters of recommendation: go here for details.
  • Draft and revise personal statement and activity descriptions
  • Start/continue biomedical research
  • Prepare to take MCAT between late spring and the start of fall term. Students will be told which test date to register for

Year 2 - Summer Semester Coursework:

  • CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II lab
  • Foreign language for FLEX requirement

Year 2 - Summer Semester Activities:

  • Take MCAT
  • Attain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, including all graded attempts.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of approved medical experience by the end of second year. Submit documentation to BS/MD advisor.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 documented contact hours of community service by the end of second year. Submit documentation to BS/MD advisor.
  • Complete and submit AMCAS, Secondary Applications and Letters of Recommendation. The AMCAS application is available in May and is open for submission on June 1st.

**Detailed MCAT and application deadlines will be forthcoming*

Year 3 - Fall Semester Coursework:

  • PCB 3712 General Physiology I & PCB 3713L lab or BSC 2093C Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • PCB 3023 Cell Biology
  • IDH XXXX Honors Course
  • IDH 5975 Honors Thesis (Students may combine their biomedical research with Honors Thesis)
  • Free Elective, course for minor, or foreign language as needed

Year 3 - Fall Semester Activities:

  • Complete formal College of Medicine interview.
  • Meet with BS/MD advisor to do final requirement check.
  • Students must start Biomedical Research if they have not already done so, as two full semesters are required. Prior to starting the research project students must obtain approval from the BS/MD program advisor.
  • Continue involvement in organizations, shadowing, community service

Year 3 - Spring Semester Coursework:

  • BCH 3023 Introductory Biochemistry
  • MCB 3020C General Microbiology & lab
  • BSC 2094C Human Anatomy & Physiology II (required if you took BSC 2093C)
  • IDH 4930 Seminars in Medicine - Required
  • IDH 5975 Honors Thesis II

Total-30 credits minmum Fall/Spring

Year 3 - Spring Semester Activities and Benchmarks:

  • Complete Biomedical Research. Submit documentation to verify completion if research is not combined with IDH 5975
  • Maintain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, including all graded attempts.

Year 4

Successful completion of the first year medical curriculum is required for conferral of the Bachelor's Degree in the accelerated (3+4) program, and to continue in the medical program at USF. Students will apply to graduate (bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences) in the summer semester following the first year of medical school.

Curricular revision is an ongoing process at USF Morsani College of Medicine. The current program of study for Year 1 of the MD program is available by clicking on this link.

Note: Rules and regulations of The University of South Florida, The Honors College, and the Morsani USF College of Medicine remain applicable for all students in this program. The program will be reviewed annually in the spring of each year to determine if changes are necessary.

Program Requirements & Timeline
for students who entered Fall 2012

The deadline for Fall 2012 admits to declare their intent to follow the 7-year BS/MD track was Friday, April 12.

Our 7-year BS/MD program is designed for students who are passionate about pursuing medicine as a career and wish to accelerate theireducation. Students should expect the first two years of the program to be intensive as the courses necessary to take the MCAT exam and study for the MCAT are completed. While students in this program do not take heavier course loads than other students, they must take the MCAT exam a full year earlier than others and may have less time to study for the exam. Students must be prepared to earn high grades, conduct research, gain first-hand experience of the medical profession, and engage in service.

Program Requirements & Timeline for students who entered Fall 2012

Initial Eligibility Requirements for Entering First Year Students:

  • Admission to the Honors College as a first year student. Transfer and continuing students are not eligible to enter the 7 Year BS/MD program.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  • 3.8 weighted high school grade point average, as calculated by the USF Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • SAT verbal plus quantitative score of 1350 or ACT combined score of 30.

USF Program Requirements

The following list of courses and benchmarks must be completed in order for a student to be granted a formal interview for admission to USF Health Morsani College of Medicine through the BS/MD program.  The final decision to offer acceptance will be made by the College of Medicine following the interview.

Students who enter USF with AP scores of 5 or IB scores of 7 in any of the math or science requirements are eligible to waive the corresponding courses; however, in certain circumstances students may consider retaking selected requirements. In the event that students decide to apply competitively for medical school, some programs across the country restrict the use of AP, IB or Dual Enrollment credit to satisfy admission requirements.

Dual Enrollment credits in calculus and statistics are acceptable for the BS/MD program provided that the student earned a grade of 'A'. Students may also apply Dual Enrollment credit toward up to one year of general chemistry, general biology or general physics (including the labs) provided the student earned grades of 'A' in the lectures and labs. Please see your 7-Year Advisor to discuss the best way to apply your accelerated credit towards your BS/MD program requirements.

Program Outline

Year 1 - Fall Semester Coursework:

  • ENC 1101 English I (3 or above on AP test waives this requirement)
  • IDH 3100 Honors Arts & Humanities - required first semester Honors course
  • MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I or MAC 2311 Calculus I
  • CHM 2045, CHM 2045L General Chemistry I & lab (note: must take prior to or with BSC 2010/L)

Minimum 14 credits

Recommended Activities:

*The e-portfolio allows you to apply for competitive Honors scholarships and is a great way to present all your activities and accomplishments in an easy format to provide to prospective supervisors or recommenders.

Year 1 - Spring Semester Coursework:

  • ENC 1102 English II (4 or above on AP test waives requirement)
  • IDH 2010 Acquisition of Knowledge (required second semester Honors course)
  • CHM 2046, CHM 2046L General Chemistry II & lab
  • BSC 2010, BSC 2010L Biology I, Cellular Processes & lab
  • Free Elective (2-3 credits) or STA 2023 Introductory Statistics

Recommended Activities:

  • Continue community service and physician shadowing
  • Explore research opportunities on or off campus; apply early for summer programs of interest to you (Moffitt SPARK, INSPIRE, etc); many have Jan or Feb deadlines.

Year 1 Benchmarks - Due May 15

  • Attain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.60, including all graded attempts. Note: If students transfer in a GPA from dual enrollment or transient coursework completed at another institution, the overall and science/math GPAs from all USF coursework must also be 3.60 or higher. GPAs are not rounded.
  • Complete at least 40 community service or physician shadowing hours and submit documentation to a BS/MD advisor by May 15 (or nearest weekday). See Overview tab for details.

NOTE: Students should complete at least 30 USF credit hours by end of spring semester. Summer credits can count towards the 30 credit hour requirement for renewal of USF scholarships; however, medical schools review the rigor of regular semester course loads in order to assess a student's readiness for their curriculum. A course load of 15 – 17 credits each fall/spring semester (except the first) is highly recommended. In addition, students who need to take summer classes at an institution other than USF cannot use external credits towards USF scholarship renewal requirements.

Year 1 - Summer Semester Coursework:

  • BSC 2011, BSC 2011L Biology II, Diversity & lab
  • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics (if not taken in spring)

NOTE: All Fall 2012 USF admits who bring in fewer than 60 non-duplicated credits must earn at least 9 summer credits at a Florida public university (community/state college credits do not apply). 

Year 2 - Fall Semester Coursework:

  • CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I lecture only (lab often conflicts with PCB 3063)
  • PHY 2053, PHY 2053L General Physics I & lab
  • PCB 3063, PCB 3063L General Genetics & lab
  • IDH 3600 Honors Biomedical Ethics – Required BS/MD program course (advisor will provide section information)
  • Free Elective or course for minor

Recommended Activities:

  • Attend BS/MD Application Workshop
  • Contact potential research mentors for biomedical research opportunities. Prior to starting the research project students must obtain approval from the BS/MD program advisor. Students will submit the BS/MD research form for review by the College of Medicine. 
  • Meet with your BS/MD advisor to discuss spring classes
  • Continue shadowing, community service, campus involvement
  • MCAT preparation: aim to take a full length AAMC practice test by December

Year 2 - Spring Semester Coursework:

  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II lecture
  • CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I lab
  • PHY 2054, PHY 2054L General Physics II & lab
  • IDH XXXX Honors Course (to fulfill remaining FKL requirements)
  • Free Elective or course for minor

Recommended Activities:

  • Attend College of Medicine visit and tour. Advisor will inform students of date.
  • Approach faculty and professionals for letters of recommendation: https://www.aamc.org/download/332578/data/lettersguidelinesbrochure.pdf
  • Draft and revise personal statement and experience descriptions for AMCAS
  • Start/continue biomedical research
  • Prepare to take MCAT between late spring and July 1. Students will be provided with precise test dates and deadlines.

Year 2 - Summer Semester Coursework:

As a reminder, you must earn at least 30 USF credit hours by the end of each summer to renew your Admissions scholarships.

Year 2 - Summer Semester Requirements & Benchmarks:

  • Take MCAT
  • Attain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, including all graded attempts.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of approved medical experience by the end of second year. Submit documentation to BS/MD advisor by August 1.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 documented contact hours of community service by the end of second year. Submit documentation to BS/MD advisor by August 1.
  • Complete and submit AMCAS, Secondary Applications and Letters of Recommendation. The AMCAS application is available in May and is open for submission on June 1st.

Detailed MCAT and application deadlines will be provided when available

Year 3 - Fall Semester Coursework:

  • PCB 3712 General Physiology I & PCB 3713L lab or BSC 2093C Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • PCB 3023 Cell Biology
  • BCH 3023 Introductory Biochemistry
  • IDH XXXX Honors course (for FKL if needed) or foreign language or elective
  • IDH 5975 Honors Thesis (Students may combine their biomedical research with Honors Thesis)

Year 3 - Fall Semester Activities:

  • Complete formal College of Medicine interview.
  • Meet with BS/MD advisor to do final requirement check.
  • Students must start biomedical research if they have not already done so, as two full semesters are required. Prior to starting the research project students must obtain approval from the BS/MD program advisor.
  • Continue involvement in organizations, shadowing, community service

Year 3 - Spring Semester Coursework:

  • MCB 3020C General Microbiology & lab
  • BSC 2094C Human Anatomy & Physiology II (required if you took BSC 2093C) or elective
  • IDH 4930 Seminars in Medicine - required
  • IDH 5975 Honors Thesis II

As a reminder, you must earn at least 30 USF credit hours by the end of each summer to renew your Admissions scholarships.

Year 3 - Spring Semester Requirements and Benchmarks:

  • Complete biomedical research. Submit documentation of research completion if project is not completed through thesis.
  • Maintain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, including all graded attempts.

Year 4

Successful completion of the first year medical curriculum is required for conferral of the Bachelor's Degree in the accelerated (3+4) program, and to continue in the medical program at USF. Students will apply to graduate (bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences) in the summer semester following the first year of medical school.

Curricular revision is an ongoing process at USF Morsani College of Medicine. The current program of study for Year 1 of the MD program is available by clicking on this link.

Note: Rules and regulations of The University of South Florida, The Honors College, and the Morsani USF College of Medicine remain applicable for all students in this program. The program will be reviewed annually in the spring of each year to determine if changes are necessary.

Program Requirements & Timeline
for students who entered Fall 2013

Declaration of intent to follow the BS/MD track (deadline is April 18, 2014)

Our 7-year program is designed for students who are passionate about pursuing medicine as a career and wish to accelerate their education. Students should expect the first two years of the program to be intensive as the courses necessary to take the MCAT exam and study for the MCAT are completed. While students in this program do not take heavier course loads than other students, they do take the MCAT exam earlier than traditional applicants and may have less time to study for the exam. Students must be prepared to earn high grades, conduct research, and demonstrate commitment to the medical field by shadowing physicians and engaging in service.

Program Requirements & Timeline for students who entered Fall 2013

Initial Eligibility Requirements for Entering First Year Students:

  • Admission to the Honors College as a first year student. Transfer and continuing students are not eligible to enter the 7 Year BS/MD program.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency is a requirement.
  • In order to complete all recommended prerequisite courses needed to take the 2015 MCAT in the first two years, students following the 7 year BS/MD program are encouraged to enter USF with credit for at least three of the following courses:

    • ENC 1101, Composition I
    • ENC 1102, Composition II
    • STA 2023, Introductory Statistics
    • MAC2311, Calculus I
    • PSY 2012, Introductory Psychology
    • SYG 2000, Introductory Sociology
    • ANT 2000, Introduction to Anthropology (OR ANT 2410, Cultural Anthropology)

*Students who do not meet this acceleration requirement are encouraged to complete coursework on a non-degree seeking basis at their local community/state college in the summer prior to entering USF.

USF Program Requirements

The following list of courses and benchmarks must be completed for admission to the USF Morsani College of Medicine. Please note: students who meet these benchmarks are not guaranteed acceptance into the 7-year program. The decision will be made by the College of Medicine following the formal interview.

Students who enter USF with an AP Calculus AB score of 4 (or an AP BC score of 3 or an IB score of 6 on the Mathematics exam), and/or a 4 in AP Statistics, are eligible to waive the corresponding courses. Students are required to present AP scores of 5 (or IB scores of 7) on science exams to waive the corresponding courses; HOWEVER, it is strongly encouraged that students retake the science courses at the university level. In the event that students decide to apply competitively for medical school, some programs across the country restrict the use of accelerated credit to satisfy admissions requirements.

Dual Enrollment credits in Calculus and Statistics are acceptable for the BS/MD program provided that the student earned a grade of 'A'. Students may also apply Dual Enrollment credit toward up to one year of Chemistry, Biology or Physics (including the labs) provided the student earned grades of 'A' in the lectures and labs. Please see your 7-Year Advisor to discuss the best way to apply your accelerated credit towards the BS/MD program requirements.

Suggested Course Outline (BSMD Advisor will update students if any schedule changes occur)

Year 1

Fall Semester Coursework: 14-15 credit hours

  • BSC 2010/BSC 2010L Biology I, Cellular Processes/lab (4 credits)
  • IDH 3100 Honors Arts & Humanities (required first semester Honors course) (3 credits)
    • A small group of 7 year students will take IDH 3400 instead of IDH 3100
  • MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I or MAC 2281or MAC 2311 (3-4 credits)
  • CHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I & lab (4 credits)

Fall Semester Activities:

  • Start community service and medical shadowing
  • Complete the following Office of Undergraduate Research Workshops:
    • Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
    • Researching a Mentor and Developing an Undergraduate Research Project
  • Create e-portfolio *
  • Meet with academic advisor to discuss spring classes
  • Get involved on campus: find one student organization to join

*The e-portfolio allows you to apply for competitive Honors scholarships and is a great way to present all your activities and accomplishments in an easy format to provide to prospective supervisors or recommenders.

Spring Semester Coursework: 17 credit hours

  • PHY 2053/2053L General Physics I & lab (4 credits)
  • IDH 3400 Social Science Honors (required second semester Honors BSMD course for students who did not complete the course in fall; students who completed IDH 3400 in the fall will enroll in IDH 3100 (3 credits)
  • CHM 2046, CHM 2046L General Chemistry II & lab (4 credits)
  • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • ENC 1101 (if needed) or PSY 2012 (or other Social Science Elective*) (3 credits)
  • *See below for specific Social Science recommendations

Total: 31 credits minimum between Fall/Spring*

Spring Semester Activities and Benchmarks:

  • Complete the declaration of intent to follow the 7-year BS/MD program by Friday, April 18, 2014.
  • Attain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.60, including all graded attempts. NOTE: If students transfer in a GPA from Dual Enrollment or transient coursework completed at another institution, the overall and science/math GPAs from all coursework completed at USF must also be 3.60 or higher. GPAs are not rounded.
  • Complete at least 40 community service and/or medical shadowing hours and submit documentation to the BS/MD advisor by May 18, 2014. See Overview tab for details.

*NOTE: Students should plan complete at least 30 USF credit hours by end of each spring semester. Although summer credits can count towards the 30 credit hour requirement for renewal of USF scholarships, medical schools review the rigor of regular semester course loads in order to assess a student's readiness for the medical school curriculum. A course load of 15 – 17 credits each fall/spring semester (except the first) is highly recommended. In addition, students who need to take summer classes at an institution other than USF cannot use external summer credits towards USF scholarship renewal requirements.

Summer Semester Coursework: 11 credit hours

  • PHY 2054/2054L General Physics II & Lab (4 credits)
  • BSC 2011/2011L Biology II & Lab (4 credits)
  • ENC 1102 Composition II (if needed; 3) or Social Science elective* (3 credits)

Summer Semester Activities:

  • Gain significant community service and medical shadowing experience
  • Begin preparation for MCAT based on coursework completed so far

Year 2

Fall Semester Coursework: 17-18 credit hours

  • CHM 2210/2210L Organic Chemistry I & lab (5 credits)
  • PCB 3023 Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • PCB 4744 Mammalian Physiology (3 credits)
  • IDH 3600 Honors Biomedical Ethics – Required BS/MD program course (3 credits)
  • ECH 4931 Research and Design Course (3 credits) or PSY 3213 Psychology Research Methods (4 credits)

Fall Semester Activities:

  • Attend BS/MD Application Workshop
  • Contact potential research mentors for biomedical research opportunities. Prior to starting the research project students must obtain approval from the BS/MD program advisor. Students should email a description of their project to their BS/MD advisor for review by the College of Medicine
  • Meet with your BS/MD advisor to discuss spring classes
  • Continue shadowing, community service, campus involvement
  • MCAT preparation: aim to take a full length AAMC practice test by December

Spring Semester Coursework: 16 credit hours

  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II lecture only (3 credits)
  • PCB 3063/3063L General Genetics & lab (4 credits)
  • BCH3053 Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • IDH XXXX to satisfy FKL requirement or Social Science Elective* (3 credits)
  • Social Science Elective* (3 credits)

Total - 33 credits minimum Fall/Spring

*Social Science Electives: *PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits),* SYG 2000 Introductory Sociology (3 credits), ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits), PSB 4004C Physiological Psychology, SYO 4400 Medical Sociology (3 credits), HSC 4211 Heath, Behavior and Society (3 credits), SYP 3000 Social Psychology (3 credits), SOP 4004 Social Psychology (3 credits), PHC 4101 Introduction to Public Health (3 credits), PSB 3444 Drugs and Behavior (3 credits).
*Required Social Science Electives for MCAT
**All of the courses listed above have been strongly recommended for success on the 2015 MCAT. We recommend that you take as many as your schedule will allow.

Spring Semester Activities:

  • Attend College of Medicine visit and tour. Advisor will inform students of date.
  • Approach faculty and professionals for letters of recommendation: go here for details.
  • Draft and revise personal statement and activity descriptions
  • Start/continue biomedical research
  • Prepare to take MCAT between June and prior to the start of the fall term.

Summer Semester Coursework: 6 credit hours

  • CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II lab (2 credits)
  • PHZ 4702 Applications of Physics to Biology and Medicine (4 credits)

Summer Semester Activities:

  • TAKE MCAT (the program benchmark for the 2015 has not yet been determined; the score will be added to our website once we receive this information from the Morsani College of Medicine)
  • See the Overview page for information on the application process/timeline
  • Attain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, including all graded attempts.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of approved medical experience prior to submitting your AMCAS primary application. Submit documentation to BS/MD advisor.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 documented contact hours of community service prior to submitting your AMCAS primary application. Submit documentation to BS/MD advisor.
  • Complete and submit AMCAS Secondary Application and Letters of Recommendation. The AMCAS application is available in early May and is open for submission early June.

Year 3

Fall Semester Coursework: 14-15 credit hours

  • Foreign language (if needed to satisfy Honors Cultural Experience requirement) (4-5 credits)
  • IDH 5956 Honors Thesis (Students may combine their biomedical research with Honors Thesis) (3 credits)
  • IDH XXXX to satisfy FKL requirement (if needed) (3 credits)
  • MCB 3020C General Microbiology & lab (4 credits)

Fall Semester Activities:

  • Complete formal Morsani College of Medicine interview (interviews typically take place between September and December, depending upon when students submit their primary applications through AMCAS).
  • Meet with a BS/MD advisor to do final requirement check.
  • Students must start Biomedical Research if they have not already done so, as two full semesters are required. Prior to starting the research project students must obtain approval from the BS/MD program advisor.
  • Continue involvement in organizations, shadowing, community service

Spring Semester Coursework: 17-18 credit hours

  • Foreign Language, if needed to fulfill Cultural Experience requirement (4-5 credits)
  • PCB 3712, PCB 3713L General Physiology I & lab (4 credits)
  • IDH 4930 Seminars in Medicine - Required BS/MD program course (3 credits)
  • IDH 5975 Honors Thesis II (3 credits
  • Free Elective (or IDH 4200, Geo. Perspectives international course, if cultural experience not yet satisfied) (3 credits)

Total: minimum of 31 credit hours for Fall/Spring

Spring Semester Activities and Benchmarks:

  • Complete Biomedical Research. Submit documentation to verify completion if research is not combined with IDH 5956/5975
  • Maintain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, including all graded attempts.

Year 4

Successful completion of the first year medical curriculum is required for conferral of the Bachelor's Degree in the accelerated (3+4) program, and to continue in the medical program at USF. Students will apply to graduate (bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences) in the summer semester following the first year of medical school.

Curricular revision is an ongoing process at USF Morsani College of Medicine. The current program of study for Year 1 of the MD program is available by clicking on this link.

Note: Rules and regulations of The University of South Florida, The Honors College, and the Morsani USF College of Medicine remain applicable for all students in this program. The program will be reviewed annually in the spring of each year to determine if changes are necessary.

Program Requirements & Timeline
for students who entered Fall 2014

Declaration of intent to continue the BS/MD Track (deadline is April 17, 2015; click here)

Our 7-year program is designed for students who are passionate about pursuing medicine as a career and wish to accelerate their education. Students should expect the first two years of the program to be intensive, as the courses necessary to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and study for the MCAT are completed simultaneously. While students in this program do not take heavier course loads than other students, they do take the MCAT earlier than traditional applicants and may have less time to study for the exam. Students must be prepared to earn high grades, conduct research, and demonstrate commitment to the medical field by shadowing physicians and engaging in service.

Program Requirements & Timeline for students who entered Fall 2014

Initial Eligibility Requirements for Entering First Year Students:

  • Admission to the Honors College as a first year student. Transfer and continuing students are not eligible to enter the 7 Year BS/MD program.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency is a requirement.
  • In order to complete all recommended prerequisite courses needed to take the 2015 MCAT in the first two years, students following the 7 year BS/MD program are encouraged to enter USF with credit for at least three of the following courses:

    • ENC 1101, Composition I
    • ENC 1102, Composition II
    • STA 2023, Introductory Statistics
    • MAC2311, Calculus I
    • PSY 2012, Introductory Psychology
    • SYG 2000, Introductory Sociology
    • ANT 2000, Introduction to Anthropology (OR ANT 2410, Cultural Anthropology)

*Students who do not meet this acceleration requirement are encouraged to complete coursework on a non-degree seeking basis at their local community/state college in the summer prior to entering USF.

USF Program Requirements

The following list of courses and benchmarks must be completed for admission to USF’s Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM). Please note: admission to MCOM is neither implied nor guaranteed for eligible students following the 7YR Track. Students in the 7YR Track are expected to meet program benchmarks, including a successful interview with MCOM. The decision regarding admission will be made by the Morsani College of Medicine following the formal interview.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits: Students who enter USF with an AP Calculus AB score of 4 (or an AP BC score of 3 or an IB score of 6 on the Mathematics exam), and/or a 4 in AP Statistics, are eligible to waive the corresponding courses. Students are required to present AP scores of 5 (or IB scores of 7) on science exams to waive the corresponding courses. HOWEVER, it is strongly encouraged that students retake the science courses at the university level. In the event that students decide to apply competitively for medical school, some programs across the country restrict the use of accelerated credit to satisfy admissions requirements. Students may apply up to one year credit of one science sequence.

Dual Enrollment (DE) credits: DE credits in Calculus and Statistics are acceptable for the BS/MD program provided that the student earned a grade of 'A'. Students may also apply Dual Enrollment credit toward up to one year of Chemistry, Biology or Physics (including the labs) provided the student earned grades of 'A' in the lectures and labs. Please see your 7-Year Advisor to discuss the best way to apply your accelerated credit towards the BS/MD program requirements.

Suggested Course Outline (BSMD Advisor will update students if any schedule changes occur)

Year 1

Fall Semester Coursework: 14-15 credit hours

  • BSC 2010/BSC 2010L Biology I, Cellular Processes/lab (4 credits)
  • IDH 2010 Honors Acquisition of Knowledge (required Honors course) (3 credits)
  • MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I or MAC 2281or MAC 2311 (3-4 credits)
  • CHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I & lab (4 credits)

Fall Semester Activities:

  • Start community service and medical shadowing
  • Complete the following Office of Undergraduate Research Workshops:
    • Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
    • Researching a Mentor and Developing an Undergraduate Research Project
    • Working the Problem: Research Skills
  • Create e-portfolio *
  • Visit the Office of National Scholarships (http://ons.usf.edu)
  • Meet with academic advisor to discuss Spring 2015 classes
  • Get involved on campus: find one student organization to join
  • Attend 7YR social
  • Update submit your semester grades and submit to 7-Year BS/MD advisor: http://honors.usf.edu/Documents/AMCASGPA_Calculator.xls

*The e-portfolio allows you to apply for competitive Honors scholarships and is a great way to present all your activities and accomplishments in an easy format to provide to prospective supervisors or recommenders.

Spring Semester Coursework: 17 credit hours

  • PHY 2053/2053L General Physics I & lab (4 credits)
  • IDH 3400 Social Science Honors (required second semester BS/MD course) (3 credits)
  • CHM 2046, CHM 2046L General Chemistry II & lab (4 credits)
  • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • ENC 1101 (if needed) or PSY 2012 (or other Social Science Elective*) (3 credits)
  • *See below for specific Social Science recommendations

Total: 31 credits minimum between Fall/Spring*

Spring Semester Activities and Benchmarks:

  • Submit the declaration of intent to follow the 7-year BS/MD program by Friday, April 17, 2015.
  • Attain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.60, including all graded attempts. NOTE: If students transfer in a GPA from Dual Enrollment or transient coursework completed at another institution, the overall and science/math GPAs from all coursework completed at USF must also be 3.60 or higher. GPAs are not rounded.
  • Complete at least 40 community service and/or medical shadowing hours and submit documentation to the BS/MD advisor by May 18, 2015. See Overview tab for details.
  • Attend an Office of National Scholarships event (http://ons.usf.edu)
  • Attend 7YR social
  • Update submit your semester grades and submit to 7-Year BS/MD advisor: http://honors.usf.edu/Documents/AMCASGPA_Calculator.xls

*NOTE: Students should plan complete at least 30 USF credit hours by end of each spring semester. Although summer credits can count towards the 30 credit hour requirement for renewal of USF scholarships, medical schools review the rigor of regular semester course loads in order to assess a student's readiness for the medical school curriculum. A course load of 15 – 17 credits each fall/spring semester (except the first) is highly recommended. In addition, students who need to take summer classes at an institution other than USF cannot use external summer credits towards USF scholarship renewal requirements.

Summer Semester Coursework: 10 credit hours

  • PHY 2054/2054L General Physics II & Lab (4 credits)
  • PCB 3023 Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • ENC 1102 Composition II (if needed; 3) or Social Science elective* (3 credits)

Summer Semester Activities:

Year 2

Fall Semester Coursework: 17-18 credit hours

  • CHM 2210/2210L Organic Chemistry I & lab (5 credits)
  • BSC 2011/2011L Biology II & Lab (4 credits)
  • IDH 3600 Honors Biomedical Ethics – Required BS/MD program course (3 credits)
  • ECH 4931 Research and Design Course (3 credits) or PSY 3213 Psychology Research Methods (4 credits)

Fall Semester Activities:

  • Attend BS/MD Application Workshop
  • Contact potential research mentors for biomedical research opportunities. Prior to starting the research project students must obtain approval from a BS/MD advisor. Students should email a description of their project to their BS/MD advisor for review by MCOM: BSMD@honors.usf.edu (see “FAQs” tab)
  • Meet with your BS/MD advisor to discuss spring classes
  • Continue shadowing, community service, campus involvement
  • MCAT preparation: aim to take a full length AAMC practice test by December
  • Update submit your semester grades and submit to 7-Year BS/MD advisor: http://honors.usf.edu/Documents/AMCASGPA_Calculator.xls

Spring Semester Coursework: 16 credit hours

  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II lecture only (3 credits)
  • PCB 3063/3063L General Genetics & lab (4 credits)
  • PCB 4744 Mammalian Physiology (3 credits)
  • BCH3053 Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • IDH XXXX to satisfy FKL requirement or Social Science Elective* (3 credits)
  • Social Science Elective* (3 credits)

Total - 31 credits minimum Fall/Spring

*Social Science Electives: *PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits),* SYG 2000 Introductory Sociology (3 credits), ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits), PSB 4004C Physiological Psychology, SYO 4400 Medical Sociology (3 credits), HSC 4211 Heath, Behavior and Society (3 credits), SYP 3000 Social Psychology (3 credits), SOP 4004 Social Psychology (3 credits), PHC 4101 Introduction to Public Health (3 credits), PSB 3444 Drugs and Behavior (3 credits).
*Required Social Science Electives for MCAT
**All of the courses listed above have been strongly recommended for success on the 2015 MCAT. We recommend that you take as many as your schedule will allow.

Spring Semester Activities:

  • Attend College of Medicine visit and tour. 7YR Advisors will inform students of date.
  • Approach faculty and professionals for letters of recommendation: go here for details.
  • Draft and revise personal statement and activity descriptions
  • Start/continue biomedical research
  • Register to take and prepare for the MCAT (between June and prior to the start of the fall term; talk with your advisor about the best time to take the exam).
  • Update submit your semester grades and submit to 7-Year BS/MD advisor: http://honors.usf.edu/Documents/AMCASGPA_Calculator.xls

Summer Semester Coursework: 6 credit hours

  • CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II lab (2 credits)
  • PHZ 4702 Applications of Physics to Biology and Medicine (4 credits)

Summer Semester Activities:

  • TAKE MCAT (While the program benchmark for MCAT2015 has not yet been determined, it is expected to reflect a competitive score; the actual MCAT benchmark score will be added to our website once we receive this information from the Morsani College of Medicine.)
  • See the Overview page for information on the application process/timeline
  • Attain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, including all graded attempts.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of approved medical experience prior to submitting your AMCAS primary application. Submit documentation to BS/MD advisor.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 documented contact hours of community service prior to submitting your AMCAS primary application. Submit documentation to BS/MD advisor.
  • Complete and submit AMCAS Secondary Application and Letters of Recommendation. The AMCAS application is available in early May and is open for submission early June.

Year 3

Fall Semester Coursework: 14-15 credit hours

  • Foreign language (if needed to satisfy Honors Cultural Experience requirement) (4-5 credits)
  • IDH 5956 Honors Thesis (Students may combine their biomedical research with Honors Thesis) (3 credits)
  • IDH XXXX to satisfy FKL requirement (if needed) (3 credits)
  • MCB 3020C General Microbiology & lab (4 credits)

Fall Semester Activities:

  • Complete formal Morsani College of Medicine interview (interviews typically take place between September and December, depending upon when students submit their primary applications through AMCAS).
  • Meet with a BS/MD advisor to do final requirement check.
  • S• Students must start Biomedical Research if they have not already done so, as two full semesters are required. Prior to starting the research project students must submit a proposal to obtain approval from the BS/MD advisor: http://honors.usf.edu/ap_med.html.
  • Continue involvement in organizations, shadowing, community service

Spring Semester Coursework: 17-18 credit hours

  • Foreign Language, if needed to fulfill Cultural Experience requirement (4-5 credits)
  • PCB 3712, PCB 3713L General Physiology I & lab (4 credits)
  • IDH 4930 Seminars in Medicine - Required BS/MD program course (3 credits)
  • IDH 5975 Honors Thesis II (3 credits) Go to Thesis website: http://honors.usf.edu/thesis.html.
  • Free Elective (or IDH 4200, Geo. Perspectives international course, if cultural experience not yet satisfied) (3 credits)

Total: minimum of 31 credit hours for Fall/Spring

Spring Semester Activities and Benchmarks:

  • Complete Biomedical Research. Submit documentation to verify completion if research is not combined with IDH 5956/5975
  • Maintain both an overall and science/math grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, including all graded attempts.

Year 4

Successful completion of the first year medical curriculum is required for conferral of the Bachelor's Degree in the accelerated (3+4) program, and to continue in the medical program at USF. Students will apply to graduate (bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences) in the summer semester following the first year of medical school.

Curricular revision is an ongoing process at USF Morsani College of Medicine. The current program of study for Year 1 of the MD program is available by clicking on this link.

Note: Rules and regulations of The University of South Florida, The Honors College, and the USF Morsani College of Medicine remain applicable for all students in this program. The program will be reviewed annually in the spring of each year to determine if changes are necessary.

Resources and forms for students participating in the 7 year BS/MD Program at USF

Submit your BS/MD Service Forms Online

To determine if the research project you are planning to pursue will fulfill the biomedical research requirement for the program, please email a detailed description of your project to BSMD@honors.usf.edu.

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