Welcome to the SELECT Program

For those who can see the difference and are ready to make one, welcome. A new program in medical education has been jointly created by the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and Lehigh Valley Health Network. The Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Experiences, Collaborative Training program, or SELECT, will prepare you to be a physician leader who can accelerate change in health care. We are looking for students with the intellectual perspective, empathy, creativity and passion to change patient care, the health of communities and the medical profession.

The founding principle of SELECT is the concept that students with high emotional intelligence are more likely to develop the skills needed to transform health care and improve the health of communities. In essence: students with higher emotional intelligence can become more engaged, compassionate physicians who work effectively with teams and can lead change in health care organizations.

One of the most distinctive features of SELECT is the opportunity for medical students to shape their educational experiences at both a highly progressive, student-centered medical school, the USF Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, FL, AND at one of the country’s top health networks known for its quality, safety and modern team care, Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA.

Students admitted to SELECT will spend their first two years taking classes at the USF Morsani College of Medicine, and then go to Lehigh Valley Health Network for two years to focus on clinical education.

The integrated, dual-campus approach guarantees a value-added learning experience across all four years. You will learn the full spectrum of health, get exceptional leadership training and highly-engaged faculty mentors, and build professional networks that last a lifetime.

The specialized skills, experience and knowledge you gain through SELECT will give you the best opportunity to help drive reform in medicine and health care.

If you are excited about creating the health care of the future, we invite you to take a closer look at SELECT.


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