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.
|Program Core Course|
|GMS 6871 Health Science Ethics
|Required Concentration Courses|
|GMS 6004 Introduction to Medical Sciences
|GMS 6418 Musculoskeletal System
|GMS 6054 Cancer Biology
|GMS 6707 Medical Neuroscience
|GMS 6411 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems
|GMS 6418 Excretory, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
Students may select elective courses with the approval of the Program Director.
|GMS 6110 Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Parasite Interactions
|GMS 6115 Medical Parasitology and Mycology
|GMS 6141 Basic Medical Microbiology and Immunology
|GMS 7930 Selected Topics
|GMS 6908 Medical Sciences Independent Study
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.