MD Program

Student Activities & Events

White Coat Ceremony

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The White Coat Ceremony is designed to introduce new medical students to the characteristics of the complete doctor and to provide a contract for professionalism and empathy in medicine. Each student will receive a white coat signifying their transition into the medical profession. Immediately following the ceremony everyone is invited to attend a light reception. All students in the incoming MD Class are expected to participate in this ceremony.

Student Clinician Ceremony

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At the Student Clinician Ceremony, we honor the MCOM Class of 2016 as they pass from the classroom to the clinics on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1pm at the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. The ceremony marks the transition from the traditional classroom learning environment for the first two years of medical school into the clinical setting. It's the last formal event for both CORE and SELECT students before they are reunited at commencement. This year, we'll also honor six MCOM teaching residents, all of whom have displayed extraordinary humanism in their teaching.

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Barness Behnke Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Dinner

The Barness Behnke Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Dinner, for the Class of 2014, will be held at 6 pm at USF Embassy Suites.

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Match Day

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Match Day is an annual ritual unique to graduating medical students. Students across the country rank their specialties and the programs where they would like to study. The programs, in turn, rank the students. At noon, on Match Day, USF’s senior medical students find out where he or she will spend residency training following graduation. Match Day for the Class of 2014 will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 12 pm at Skipper's Smokehouse. Follow this link to view the Match Results for MCOM's previous graduating classes.

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Research Day

Most students engage in research during their years at MCOM. This can be arranged as a mentored summer research project after year 1 or during the fourth year, or as part a structured program in the Scholarly Concentration programs. Students acquire tools essential to undertake, and critically evaluate, clinical and basic science research. Research Day is a day-long event showcasing the best and the brightest researchers across all USF Health colleges, as well as guest researchers whose work focus on the science of health. It also allows many of them to spotlight existing collaborations, as well as form new ones. Please view the Student Research page to learn more about some of the research being done at MCOM, as well as more information about Research Day.

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The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2014 is scheduled for the morning of Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Graduates must attend a brief mandatory rehearsal on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at CAMLS. Time and room - TBD.

Announcements / Invitations

Announcements can be ordered and paid for through Herff Jones. Please take extra care when typing your name on the order form because no one will proof these before they are printed. All announcements will be sent to the mailing address you designate at the time you place your order.

Please do not hesitate to contact the USF Health Bookstore at 813-974-4984 with any questions. There is a sample announcement in the Bookstore.

Annual Student / Faculty Awards Ceremony

An Awards Ceremony for graduating seniors is scheduled for Thursday, April 10, 2014 at CAMLS. Time and room - TBD.

Family members are welcome to attend.

Commencement Dinner

A dinner for graduating seniors and their families is scheduled on the evening before commencement, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Bayshore Ballroom located in the Hilton in Downtown Tampa.

Invitations will be mailed to graduating seniors. For information contact Phyllis Ridgeway at

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MCOM Peer Advisory Committee

The Morsani College of Medicine Peer Advisory Committee (COMPAC) is a peer group of twelve second-year MD students and two second-year DPT students dedicated to welcoming new MD and DPT students into the USF Morsani College of Medicine. Communications will be sent out from them throughout the summer about planned events but please feel free to visit the USF COMPAC website to for more information about the Committee and their upcoming events.

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