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University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33612
Phone
(813) 396-9459
Email address
usfmdadmissions@usf.edu
School Information
"The USF College of Medicine, which enrolled its charter class in 1971, was named the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in 2011, signifying its leading role in changing how medical schools teach physicians of the future. Fully accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, the college awards doctorates in Medicine (MD), and through its School of Biomedical Sciences, PhD and MS degrees in Medical Sciences. USF’s new SELECT MD program, in partnership with Lehigh Valley Health Network, focuses on emotional intelligence and leadership development. The School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, established in 1998, offers Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and transitional DPT degrees. Additionally, the college’s Athletic Training Education Program offers both BS and MS degrees. Specially designed programs are available, including combined MD/MBA, MD/MPH, DPT/MPH programs and an Honors Research program. To meet the growing demand for a workforce skilled in science and technology, the college proves a wide range of master’s degrees and graduate certificates in emerging fields, such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, and metabolic and nutritional medicine." The school employs 736 full-time faculty and enrolls 726 medical school students. (Source: https://health.usf.edu/medicine/history) (Source: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/university-of-south-florida-main-campus-04022)
General Information
Though there is not yet a college-wide anti-racism initiative, different offices and campus groups have taken actions. The USF Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) aims to, "Create and promote a culturally competent and inclusive environment that fosters and supports a diverse community of faculty, staff, and learners and actively pursues to eliminate systemic racism within its programs." The college also has a White Coats for Black Lives chapter. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • USF Morsani College of Medicine is guided by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standards on Diversity which states that “each medical school must develop programs or partnerships aimed at broadening diversity among qualified applicants for medical school admission,” and that “each medical school must have policies and practices to achieve appropriate diversity among its students, faculty, staff, and other members of its academic community, and must engage in ongoing, systematic, and focused efforts to attract and retain students, faculty, staff, and others from demographically diverse backgrounds.”
Resources
  • The USF Diversity Inclusion and Health Equity Committee "establishes initiatives and programs that will educate our house staff on the impact of diversity and culturally competent care in their practice and society as well as promote the growth of diversity within our programs and the medical field."
  • The college has a White Coats for Black Lives chapter, which coordinates "training for medical students and house staff to learn about the history of movement for racial justice, abolition, direct action and organizing, racism in medicine and racial capitalism" and fights "white supremacy in medical schools, hospitals, and broader society. Tactics include but are not limited to letters, petitions, social media campaigns, media outreach and direct action."
  • As part of the GME Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity, the USF Morsani College of Medicine provides its students, faculty, and staff the USF Anti-Racist Resources which include topics of “The Unlearning of Racism and White Supremacy,” “Anti-Racism Resources for White People,” “A CRT-Informed Model to Enhance Experiences and Outcomes of Racially Minoritized Students,” “Allyship Resources for our White Friends Desiring to be Allies,” and “An Anti-Racist Reading List” by Ibram X. Kendi.
Symbolic Actions
  • The USF Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) aims to, "Create and promote a culturally competent and inclusive environment that fosters and supports a diverse community of faculty, staff, and learners and actively pursues to eliminate systemic racism within its programs." It also is, "Partnering with programs to foster an inclusive learning environment that works toward minimizing health disparities."
  • On February 2-3, 2023, USF Morsani College of Medicine will host the OneOMA Initiative’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference that is aimed “to enhance the learning, understanding, and development of concepts surrounding diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice.”
  • The Morsani College of Medicine hosts Diversity Learning Lunch Seminars to “create a diversity conscience” among its students, faculty and staff.
  • USF Morsani College of Medicine has a number of Student Diversity and Enrichment Pathway Programs to “encourage and prepare populations underrepresented in medicine to pursue college and improve academic achievement and career success among disadvantaged youth.”
  • As part of the commitment to diversity, the MCOM’s Student Diversity and Enrichment program works to “encourage and promote an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity in the student and resident body.”
Last updated March 23rd, 2023
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