The UF College of Medicine, the largest college within our academic health center, opened in 1956, driven by a three-part mission to increase Florida’s supply of highly qualified physicians, provide advanced health care services to the residents of Florida and foster discovery in health research that would impact our nation and world. Each year, the College of Medicine welcomes more than 300 new physicians from across the country who come to complete their training at UF Health hospitals in Gainesville and Jacksonville.
The UF College of Medicine in Gainesville, which comprises 28 research-oriented and clinical science departments and the School of Physician Assistant Studies, is staffed by more than 1,400 faculty members. The UF College of Medicine has graduated more than 5,700 physicians and offers graduate degrees in a number of other programs, including biomedical engineering, biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies.
Over the last 60 years, the college has trained nearly 8,700 physicians through its residency programs, and currently there are 893 residents and fellows training within the UF College of Medicine. Patient care services are provided through the UF Health Physicians faculty practice, UF Health Shands and the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, as well as at several community health care sites and other affiliated hospitals in Florida. College faculty are national leaders in fundamental, translational and clinical research and are involved in collaborative work in several research institutions and centers within the university.
In 2012, the UF College of Medicine revamped its curriculum to better prepare graduates for the changing world of health care by providing more exposure to clinical training early in their medical education and to place more emphasis on small group and collaborative learning. The George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building, which opened in 2015, was designed to align with the key elements of the new curriculum and to promote experiential learning through a team-based approach.
The UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville has 455 faculty members, 448 of whom are physicians, among 17 clinical departments.
The college offers 37 ACGME- or CODA-accredited residency and fellowship programs, as well as 11 clinical fellowships. More than 380 resident physicians and fellows train on the UF Health Jacksonville campus and in affiliated outpatient practices, making it the fifth largest GME program in Florida. For 2018, 40 percent of graduating residents remained in Jacksonville, and 58 percent remained in Florida. Doximity ranks the college’s residency programs in emergency medicine and integrated interventional radiology as among the most reputable programs in the South.
In addition, the college offers clerkships for third- and fourth-year medical students, as well as physician assistant students, primarily from the university’s main campus. UF medical students spend, on average, about 25 percent of their third year in required clerkships in Jacksonville, enhancing the learning experience offered by the university. More than one-third of residents who train on our campus completed at least one rotation here while in medical school.