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Medical Education Building Harrell, Gainesville, Florida UF

The The Medical Honors Program (MHP), formerly known as the Junior Honors Medical Program, is a seven-year accelerated direct medical program at University of Florida . Highly competitive, it admits a select number of students each year who have demonstrated superior skills in both school and extracurricular activities with a passionate interest in serving others. It is exclusive of many other accelerated BS / MD programs that recruit outside of high school; The Medical Honors Program application is open only to students in their second year of college. Any student who is interested in pursuing a career in medicine as a career and attending a four-year accredited institution may apply for this program. Applicants do not need to be current UF students; can attend any 4-year accredited accredited institution (the University of Florida or an equivalent institution).

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Directed by the Director Dr. & nbsp; Peter Sayeski the program tries to differentiate itself from other BS / MD through recent initiatives implemented. MoonPrep.com sat down with Dr. Sayeski and Danielle Thomas the Assistant Director, to learn more about the program and the recent changes that have been implemented. Below are the key points of the interview .

BS / MD students in the Medical Honors Program (MHP) at the University of Florida UF

Q: What are some highlights of the program?

R: It is a seven-year double degree program, and essentially the Students will complete their first two years of study at a four-year university. After two years, they are transferred to our program. The third year of university, which we call the year of honor, has academic, research and service components. They enroll through that year of honors, and with the completion of the honors requirements, they would enroll in our medical school. Eventually they would end up with a double degree (BS / MD) in science and medicine in just seven years.

There are some programs out there that are early admissions and are guiding students towards primary care. The students would enter and be directed towards that. Now, our program, which is neither better nor worse, just different, brings together students who we believe are very motivated and help them prepare them for the future in medicine that best suits them. These students want to serve others and want to do it through the field of medicine. What we do during the year of honors is that we expose them to different aspects of clinical medicine so that they really have an idea of ​​what they want to do. We want them to enter the program a little undifferentiated and expose them to different aspects of the clinics and specialties here. We give them that opportunity and then let them find out where their interests are. It can be a surgery or an infectious disease, but anywhere, we want to give a broad exposure to the different clinical disciplines.

We also have leadership training so that, regardless of the discipline in which they finish, they can obtain valuable leadership skills. A doctor is intrinsically a leader, either in an operating room or in an office. We bring that leadership training to give them an advantage in whatever field they choose. The training includes a class and guest speakers, including alumni, who help them learn the necessary leadership skills.

Q: What is the average acceptance rate? How many students apply and how many are accepted?

A: We receive approximately 135 applications each year. We select about 36 applicants for the interview, and we will end up accepting 10-15 respondents.

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Q: Is a minimum GPA or score on standardized tests required?

A: The minimum GPA is 3.7. We do not require applicants to take the MCAT.

Q: Who is the ideal candidate?

R: We receive a variety of specialties, from any science, such as biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, psychology and engineering . However, most of our students have a science background because they meet many of the prerequisites. We honor holistic admission, and we feel that having a variety of specialties helps to have a diverse group of candidates.

No prior research experience is required to be admitted to the program. We are looking for students who really understand what a career in medicine entails and can show us through their work or volunteer experiences. Something that is an integral part of our program is to have experience with patients because we have a very patient-centered model and students work constantly with patients early and often in their curriculum.

We also want students to show a sense of passion for whatever they are involved with. The student's ability to present a sense of commitment and continuity is something we look for in the application. At the end of the day, it does not matter where your interests are, as long as you want to use medications to help others.

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Q: Any advice for students on how to be accepted?

A: Students should have some experience working with patients, whether through research, volunteering or work. It is one thing to want to work in the field of medicine, but another is to have worked or volunteered in the field and then realize that this is the right career for you. But, no matter how you get the experience, as long as you show excellence in whatever is involved.

Since students are enrolling in the middle of their second year, we are really only judging them in their first three semesters of university studies. We do not expect them to accomplish a lot of things, but we want to see that they are passionate about what they do

Q: Do impressive after-school achievements stand out among previous applicants?

R: Something that I think is unique to see in an application is when an applicant has experienced a problem / obstacle and then discovered a way to solve it. A student comes to mind; He had traveled abroad and noticed that there was a shortage of shoes. He returned to Florida and created a collection of shoes for disadvantaged people. Based on an experience he acquired abroad, he was able to connect that to a solution, he was able to grow something out of nothing and helped serve his community.

Another example is a student who started playing tennis in high school. Then he became team captain in his senior year. When he arrived at the university, his passion continued to grow by offering tennis lessons to the marginalized in his community. We want to see the growth of students and see how they can continue to evolve their interests.

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We also see many students who work with Big Brothers Big Sisters or YMCA as mentors . They are working with adolescents and it is admirable to see these young doctors who can help the community.

Q: What challenges do students face in the program?

R: Because these students are very young (that is, 19 or 20 years old), Your maturity can be a problem. One thing we try to do is "speed up the calendar". With this, we want to say that although maturity can come through experiences, it often only comes with time. We meet with our students and make sure to check with them about their workload, service and how their overall well-being is in general. Because they are relatively young, that is something we have to be aware of, because there is no way to overcome that.

Q: What makes this particular program stand out from the others?

R: One of the most important things that make our program unique is that students do not apply until the second year of university. As a result, they have had the opportunity to explore their interests and have had time to think deeply and deeply about their calling.

With this class of previous graduates, we now have more than 500 students in this program, and what we are focused on at this moment is to create professional networking opportunities for our students. In the fall, we organize an exchange dinner for students and students as a direct means to help facilitate these connections. We were grateful that a student from each of our first MHP classes (1972, 1973 and 1974) was able to attend.

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One thing our students do in the fall is contemplate and then write their mission statement as a doctor. At the end of their fourth year, we will return them to students so they can revisit them and perhaps update them, so they can see how they have changed and grown as a person and as a medical professional.

Our program also has a research component. Research can be conducted in a wide variety of disciplines (ie, basic, clinical, translational, health, education, results, etc.). We believe that this is essential to create critical thinking skills and gain real-world experience in the field of medicine.

Q: Some of the most important points students receive at the end of the program?

R: One of the most important conclusions is the philosophy about where to we go in our professional life. & Nbsp; We often think that it is due to our respective achievements, but I think it has a lot to do with those people who facilitate and defend us. Our students are leaders in their respective medical fields and possess a wealth of knowledge and experience. As such, we are now leveraging the experience of our alumni for the benefit of our students.

We do not expect or want students to know in what discipline of medicine they want to get involved. We want them to ask for opportunities to explore different pathways of medicine. For example, if someone is interested in seeing a specific type of surgery, learning about a particular type of medication or even how to run a hospital, we make sure they are exposed to it quickly. In summary, we want to provide an opportunity for those who have a strong desire to learn.

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Q: Describe the application process and the next steps.

R: The application process of BS / MD reflects the request of the Faculty of Medicine, which helps applicants to become familiar with the university. Normally, students will apply the spring semester of their second year, and selections will be made later in the spring. On the application page, there are student ambassadors on the list who can help prospective students with any questions they may have. You can contact them by email on page of the ambassador .

The application is open and can be found on the Medical Honors Program website . The deadline to apply is February 15.

The full video interview can be found here .

The investigation and interviews for this article were contributed by the counselor of Moon Prep, Lindsey Conger .

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Medical Education Building Harrell, Gainesville, Florida UF

The Honors Program Doctors (MHP), formerly known as the Junior Honors Medical Program, is a seven-year accelerated direct medical program at the University of Florida. Highly competitive, it admits a select number of students each year who have demonstrated superior skills in both school and extracurricular activities with a passionate interest in serving others. It is exclusive of many other accelerated BS / MD programs that recruit outside of high school; The Medical Honors Program application is open only to students in their second year of college. Any student who is interested in pursuing a career in medicine as a career and attending a four-year accredited institution may apply for this program. Applicants do not need to be current UF students; can attend any 4-year accredited accredited institution (the University of Florida or an equivalent institution).

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Directed by the Director Dr. Peter Sayeski, the program tries to differentiate itself from other BS / MD through recent initiatives implemented. MoonPrep.com sat down with Dr. Sayeski and Danielle Thomas, the Assistant Principal, to learn more about the program and the recent changes they have implemented. Below are the key points of the interview.

BS / MD students in the Medical Honors Program (MHP) at the University of Florida UF

Q: What are some highlights of the program?

R: It is a seven year program of double degree, and essentially students will complete their first two years of study at a four-year university. After two years, they are transferred to our program. The third year of university, which we call the year of honor, has academic, research and service components. They enroll through that year of honors, and with the completion of the honors requirements, they would enroll in our medical school. Eventually they would end up with a double degree (BS / MD) in science and medicine in just seven years.

There are some programs out there that are early admissions and are guiding students towards primary care. The students would enter and be directed towards that. Now, our program, which is neither better nor worse, just different, brings together students who we believe are very motivated and help them prepare them for the future in medicine that best suits them. These students want to serve others and want to do it through the field of medicine. What we do during the year of honors is that we expose them to different aspects of clinical medicine so that they really have an idea of ​​what they want to do. We want them to enter the program a little undifferentiated and expose them to different aspects of the clinics and specialties here. We give them that opportunity and then let them find out where their interests are. It can be a surgery or an infectious disease, but anywhere, we want to give a broad exposure to the different clinical disciplines.

We also have leadership training so that, regardless of the discipline in which they end up, they can gain valuable leadership skills. A doctor is intrinsically a leader, either in an operating room or in an office. We bring that leadership training to give them an advantage in whatever field they choose. The training includes a class and guest speakers, including alumni, who help them learn the necessary leadership skills.

Q: What is the average acceptance rate? How many students apply and how many are accepted?

A: We receive approximately 135 applications each year. We select about 36 applicants for the interview, and we will end up accepting 10-15 respondents.

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Q: Is a minimum GPA or score on standardized tests required?

A: The minimum GPA is 3.7. We do not require applicants to take the MCAT.

Q: Who is the ideal candidate?

R: We receive a variety of specialties, from any science, such as biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, psychology and engineering . However, most of our students have a science background because they meet many of the prerequisites. We honor holistic admission, and we feel that having a variety of specialties helps to have a diverse group of candidates.

No prior research experience is required to be admitted to the program. We are looking for students who really understand what a career in medicine entails and can show us through their work or volunteer experiences. Something that is an integral part of our program is to have experience with patients because we have a very patient-centered model and students work constantly with patients early and often in their curriculum.

We also want students to show a sense of passion for whatever they are involved with. The student's ability to present a sense of commitment and continuity is something we look for in the application. At the end of the day, it does not matter where your interests are, as long as you want to use medications to help others.

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Q: Any advice for students on how to be accepted?

A: Students should have some experience working with patients, whether through research, volunteering or work. It is one thing to want to work in the field of medicine, but another is to have worked or volunteered in the field and then realize that this is the right career for you. But, no matter how you get the experience, as long as you show excellence in whatever is involved.

Since students are enrolling in the middle of their second year, we are really only judging them in their first three semesters of university studies. We do not expect them to accomplish a lot of things, but we want to see that they are passionate about what they do

Q: Do impressive after-school achievements stand out among previous applicants?

R: Something that I think is unique to see in an application is when an applicant has experienced a problem / obstacle and then discovered a way to solve it. A student comes to mind; He had traveled abroad and noticed that there was a shortage of shoes. He returned to Florida and created a collection of shoes for disadvantaged people. Based on an experience he acquired abroad, he was able to connect that to a solution, he was able to grow something out of nothing and helped serve his community.

Another example is a student who started playing tennis in high school. Then he became team captain in his senior year. When he arrived at the university, his passion continued to grow by offering tennis lessons to the marginalized in his community. We want to see the growth of students and see how they can continue to evolve their interests.

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We also see many students who are working with Big Brothers Big Sisters or the YMCA as mentors. They are working with adolescents and it is admirable to see these young doctors who can help the community.

Q: What challenges do students face in the program?

R: Because these students are very young (that is, 19 or 20 years old), Your maturity can be a problem. One thing we try to do is "speed up the calendar". With this, we want to say that although maturity can come through experiences, it often only comes with time. We meet with our students and make sure to check with them about their workload, service and how their overall well-being is in general. Because they are relatively young, that is something we have to be aware of, because there is no way to overcome that.

Q: What makes this particular program stand out from the others?

R: One of the most important things that make our program unique is that students do not apply until the second year of university. As a result, they have had the opportunity to explore their interests and have had time to think deeply and deeply about their calling.

With this class of previous graduates, we now have more than 500 students in this program, and what we are focused on at this moment is to create professional networking opportunities for our students. In the fall, we organize an exchange dinner for students and students as a direct means to help facilitate these connections. We were grateful that a student from each of our first MHP classes (1972, 1973 and 1974) was able to attend.

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One thing our students do in the fall is contemplate and then write their mission statement as a doctor. At the end of their fourth year, we will return them to students so they can revisit them and perhaps update them, so they can see how they have changed and grown as a person and as a medical professional.

Our program also has a research component. Research can be conducted in a wide variety of disciplines (ie, basic, clinical, translational, health, education, results, etc.). We believe that this is essential to create critical thinking skills and gain real-world experience in the field of medicine.

Q: Some of the most important points students receive at the end of the program?

R: One of the most important points is the philosophy about where to we go in our professional life. We often think that it is due to our respective achievements, but I think it has a lot to do with those people who facilitate and defend us. Our students are leaders in their respective medical fields and possess a wealth of knowledge and experience. As such, we are now leveraging the experience of our alumni for the benefit of our students.

We do not expect or want students to know in what discipline of medicine they want to get involved. We want them to ask for opportunities to explore different pathways of medicine. For example, if someone is interested in seeing a specific type of surgery, learning about a particular type of medication or even how to run a hospital, we make sure they are exposed to it quickly. In summary, we want to provide an opportunity for those who have a strong desire to learn.

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Q: Describe the application process and the next steps.

R: The application process of BS / MD reflects the request of the Faculty of Medicine, which helps applicants to become familiar with the university. Normally, students will apply the spring semester of their second year, and selections will be made later in the spring. On the application page, there are student ambassadors on the list who can help prospective students with any questions they may have. You can contact them by email on the ambassador's page.

The application is open and can be found on the Medical Honors Program website. The deadline to apply is February 15.

The full video interview can be found here.

The investigation and interviews for this article were contributed by the counselor of Moon Prep, Lindsey Conger .

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