The Bridge to Clinical Medicine major of the M.S. Program in Biomedical Sciences is designed to expand the pool of successful medical school applicants from medically underserved, rural, and inner-city communities. It is a 12-month program that provides both education in medical knowledge and experiences in clinical practice. The Bridge to Clinical Medicine M.S. major provides disadvantaged students with a bridge to medical school or a career in healthcare.
While preparing students for the rigors of medical school the Bridge to Clinical Medicine also provides training appropriate for a graduate degree and a career in healthcare-related biomedical sciences for those students who elect not to continue toward a medical degree.
Students admitted to the Bridge to Clinical Medicine major will be enrolled with medical students in the medical degree curriculum. Bridge students will take Clinical Anatomy-Embryology-Imaging in the summer term and Clinical Microanatomy-Histology in the fall term. Non-medical school courses include a two semester clinical ethics course using small group, problem-based learning and focusing on developing an understanding of ethical concepts and issues as found in clinical cases. Fall semester requirements include the common core course in Statistics and a Healthcare Seminar designed to integrate medical, basic science, and biopsychosocial topics. The Bridge to Clinical Medicine curriculum concludes in the Spring Semester when students participate in a Community Service Preceptorship and will be enrolled in the Multicultural Healthcare course or the Community-based Health Research course. Students will participate in a clinical and research experience by developing an IRB-approved health-related research prospectus and by conducting site-based field work research. The students will conduct this community-based research for a minimum of 6 weeks with a medically underserved population under the supervision of a medical professional. The student will write a detailed research report of this experience and their findings to be evaluated by a team of faculty health professionals.
Students selected for admission to the Bridge to Clinical Medicine major must apply through the regular FSU College of Medicine admissions cycle. Those students who apply to medical school and who are identified as having strong potential for success in meeting the College of Medicine mission, but who would benefit from additional knowledge and skills in essential areas are offered positions in the Bridge to Clinical Medicine class. Highly talented students from medically underrepresented rural and inner-city populations who did not gain direct admission to the medical school are invited to enroll in the program. Candidates for admission embody the characteristics of the physician-healer and have a high likelihood of practicing primary care medicine with underserved or minority populations in rural or inner-city locations.