The Bridge to Clinical Medicine major of the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, better known as the Bridge Program, is designed to expand the pool of successful medical school applicants from medically underrepresented, rural and inner-city communities.
Students will be selected for the Bridge Program from the regular Florida State University College of Medicine (FSU COM) admissions cycle (application cannot be made directly to the Bridge Program). Students from medically underrepresented, rural and inner-city populations who do not gain direct admission to the medical school may be invited to participate.
This three-semester experience will allow selected students to demonstrate growth and improvement in both academic and health-care settings. Candidates selected for this program will embody the characteristics of the physician-healer and have a high likelihood of practicing primary care medicine with under-served or minority populations in rural or inner-city locations. Students who complete all requirements for the Master of Science with a grade of B or better and otherwise fulfill the program requirements will be admitted to the FSU COM.
The FSU COM has joined forces with the Honors Program to create a professional-track program available, on a highly competitive basis, to a small number of motivated first-year students in each incoming Honors class. The program gives students a head start on their chosen careers by allowing them to become members of the COM community while they are still undergraduates.
Through the Honors Medical Scholars Program, and upon completion of premed requirements, students will be eligible for Early Decision admission to the FSU COM, making it possible in some cases to receive an undergraduate degree and an MD degree in seven years.
Honors Medical Scholars benefit from participation in a special seminar course, a mentorship program, premed prerequisite courses, medical and community volunteer activities, and the Honors Medical Scholars society and other student organizations. Honors Medical Scholars are given pre-professional advising, meet with professors, observe classes, and shadow current students.