Student Diversity and Enrichment Pipeline Programs

Student Diversity and Enrichment

Master of Medical Science with a Concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS)

The Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) master's degree is a pipeline program to medical school, designed to increase the number of medical school matriculates from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups who have demonstrated a commitment to reducing health disparities.

IMS students will be identified from the regular pool of applicants to the Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM). Disadvantaged and underrepresented applicants may be invited to apply to the IMS Master’s degree pipeline program.

Promising candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to reducing health disparities and a willingness to serve underserved populations. Applicants admitted to the IMS pipeline program must satisfy the Successful Program Completion Criteria by the conclusion of the program in order to matriculate into the undergraduate medical education (MD degree) program at MCOM. The Successful Program Completion Criteria are noted below:

  • Attend the six-week Introduction to Medical Sciences course held in mid-June; unless the student is admitted during or after the course has begun.
  • Achieve an MCAT score ≥ 26 (or ≥ 501 on the new MCAT) by July 21st 2016.
  • Pass each course with a GPA ≥ 3.0 (B or higher).
  • Comply with the MCOM Technical Standards for Admission.

Curriculum

Program Core Course
GMS 6871 Health Science Ethics 2 credits

Required Concentration Courses
GMS 6004 Introduction to Medical Sciences 5 credits
GMS 6418 Musculoskeletal System 4 credits
GMS 6054 Cancer Biology 3 credits
GMS 6707 Medical Neuroscience 6 credits
GMS 6411 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems 6 credits
GMS 6418 Excretory, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems 6 credits

Elective Courses
Students may select elective courses with the approval of the Program Director.

GMS 6110 Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Parasite Interactions 3 credits
GMS 6115 Medical Parasitology and Mycology 3 credits
GMS 6141 Basic Medical Microbiology and Immunology 3 credits
GMS 7930 Selected Topics 1-3 credits
GMS 6908 Medical Sciences Independent Study 1-3 credits

Total minimum hours: 32

IMS Course Descriptions

Students with an overall GPA ≥ 3.0 for 32 credits will graduate from the program with the degree, Masters of Science in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences. While achieving an MCAT score ≥ 26 (or ≥ 501 on the new MCAT) by July 21st 2016 is necessary to ensure matriculation into the MD program, it is not necessary to be awarded the Masters of Science in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences degree.