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Medicine (M.D. & D.O)

*A physician is a general term for a doctor who has earned a medical degree. Physicians work to maintain, promote, and restore health by studying, diagnosing, and treating injuries and diseases.

Physicians generally have six core skills:

  1. Patient care. Physicians have to provide compassionate, appropriate, and effective care to promote health and treat health problems in their patients. Physicians diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses.
  2. Medical knowledge. Physicians must be experts in established and new biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences and how to apply this knowledge to patient care.
  3. Practice-based learning and improvement. Physicians must always investigate and evaluate their own care and look for ways to improve.
  4. Interpersonal and communication skills. Physicians must be able to communicate effectively with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
  5. Professionalism. A commitment to professionalism includes carrying out professional responsibilities, sticking to ethical principles, and being sensitive to a diverse patient population.
  6. Systems-based practice. Physicians must be aware of and responsive to the larger context and system of health care. They must also be able to find and use resources to provide the best care possible.

There are two types of practicing physicians in the U.S.:

  • The M.D. degree refers to allopathic physicians.
  • The D.O. degree refers to osteopathic physicians.
  • Suggested Timeline
  • Prerequisite Chart
      • General Chemistry: CHM2045/L and CHM2046/L or CHM2051; or CHM2047/L (CHM2054L may be substituted for CHM2045L and CHM2046L)
      • General Biology: BSC2010/L and BSC2011/L Organic Chemistry: CHM2210 or CHM2212 and CHM2211 or CHM2213 and CHM2211L (CHM3217, CHM3218, and CHM2211L may substitute)
      • Physics: PHY2053/L or PHY2048/L or PHY2060 and PHY2054/L or PHY2049/L or PHY2061
      • Biochemistry: BCH4024 or CHM3218
      • Math: MAC2311 or MAC3472 and STA2023
      • English: Two semesters of any English department course. Examples are ENC1101, ENC1102, ENC3254, LIT2110)
  • PSY2012 and SYG2000
  • Electives
  • BCP/BCPM GPA Information
    • Each medical school has a range and median for BCPM/BCP GPAs. These will change each year.  Researching each school is strongly recommended.
      • M.D. schools  - national BCPM median is: 3.67

D.O. schools – national BCP median is: 3.36

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  • CAS Websites
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  • 2020 Pre-Health Kick-Off
  • 2021 Centralized Application Services (CAS) Event
  • Professional School Directory
  • UF Professional School Contact

UF College of Admissions

Office of Admissions

PO Box 100216

UF Health Sciences Center

Gainesville, FL 32610-0215 USA

(352) 273-7990

(352) 273-7599

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  • Standardized Test Resources & Information
      • MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test -
      • The MCAT exam has four test sections:
        • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
        • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
        • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
        • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
  • CASPer
        • Casper is an online situational judgement test used by academic programs to help assess applicants for non-academic attributes or people skills.  Individual schools will indicate if this is a requirement for admission.
  • Situational Judgement Test (SJT) 
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  • Applicant Guides


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  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives (Repeated)
    • UF College of Medicine Diversity Office

Diversity contact:

Name: Dr. Donna Parker MD

Title: Associate Dean for Diversity and Health Equity

(352) 273-6656

  • Summer Opportunities
  • Financial Assistance
  • Fee Assistance Programs (Repeated)
  • Scholarships
  • Student Financial Affairs
  • Specialty Programs Available
  • Medical Honors Program (MHP) 

UF College of Medicine

  • Postbaccalaureate program – PHPB

Roberta Knickerbocker

(352) 273-4083

  • Summer Program

Office of Diversity and Health Equity

(352) 273-6656