MS III Curriculum
MS IV Curriculum
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The Office of Continuing Professional Development (OCPD) is accredited as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), a review agency that represents seven major medical organizations in the United States. In November 2002 the College of Medicine received full accreditation with commendation for six years to sponsor continuing medical education through the OCPD.
The OCPD assures quality educational content and compliance with ACCME accreditation guidelines and standards. Students are generally authorized on a regular basis to attend CME activities.
In 2005 the OCPD processed and approved more than 383 formal CME conferences, society scientific sessions and seminars for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.™ It also certified 48 grand rounds for category 1 credit. Students are generally authorized on a space available basis to attend CME activities.
The OCPD works with the Florida Medical Association, the American Medical Association and other colleges of medicine to sponsor educational programs that meet specific needs of physicians. The OCPD is active in the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME) and the Society for Academic Medical Education (SACME).
The website for Continuing Professional Education lists upcoming courses.
Graduate Medical Education (GME)
The University of South Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to sponsor postgraduate medical education in 48 - ACGME Accredited programs. In addition, the College sponsors 28 postgraduate non-accredited fellowship programs. There are currently 602 residents, of which 567 are in accredited programs and the remainder in programs for which there is no current accreditation. Postgraduate training positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program.
Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) were first proposed by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education in the early 1970s as a means of addressing the maldistribution of health professionals in medically underserved areas throughout the nation. Today, a national network of 50 AHEC programs operate in almost every state and the District of Columbia.
All AHEC programs work toward the goal of decentralizing the educational training of health professionals in order to improve the distribution, supply, quality, utilization and efficiency of health care personnel. By linking communities with academic health centers, cooperative solutions to local health problems arise.
Five AHEC programs currently operate in Florida, each administered by one of Florida’s five medical schools.
The University of South Florida Area Health Education Center (USF AHEC) Program began in 1993 and covers a nine county service area on the central west coast of Florida: Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte Counties.
The mission of the USF AHEC is to establish community/academic partnerships that increase access to quality health care for the medically underserved.
The USF AHEC Program’s central office is located at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa.
Implementation of the USF AHEC Program is carried out by two local Area Health Education Centers: Gulfcoast North AHEC, which serves Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, is located in Land O’Lakes (Pasco County) and Gulfcoast South AHEC, which serves Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, and Charlotte counties, is located in Sarasota.
To meet its objectives, the USF AHEC Program and its Centers have developed a wide range of activities focused on developing health careers recruitment programs in underserved rural and urban areas and for underrepresented and disadvantaged populations; supporting community-based training of health professions students and residents in medically underserved areas; providing continuing education, library and learning resources, and technical assistance to enhance the practice environment of health professionals working in medically underserved areas; and promoting improved health and disease prevention in communities with serious unmet health needs.
Medical students will have the opportunity to work with medically underserved populations throughout their four years: during their longitudinal clinical experience, in many of their third year clerkship rotations, and also during their fourth year when several AHEC elective are available. The goal of these experiences is for more future physicians to develop a commitment to the health of communities and care of the medically underserved.
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