The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine is on a trajectory of excellence in education, research and care. The Liaison Committee for Medical Education has granted reaccreditation for the maximum period allowed, and the State of Florida recently approved funding for our new medical facility in downtown Tampa. These milestones validate our progress in modernizing our curriculum to prepare physicians to lead and practice in a rapidly changing, interdisciplinary health care system. Also, the LCME applauded our efforts to freeze tuition and reduce medical student debt, thanks to support from our donors. Your commitment plays a vital role in shaping the future of medicine.
Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Senior Vice President, USF Health
Dean, Morsani College of Medicine
The new medical facility in downtown Tampa will allow USF to adapt to contemporary medical training requirements, compete for outstanding students, and ensure their success.
A generous donation of land in downtown Tampa will place the college in a highly accessible and pedestrian-friendly site close to USF’s primary teaching hospital and to the USF Health CAMLS facility. This move will enhance the training and quality of life for our students while creating a profound economic impact for the downtown community. Though funding has been secured for most of the downtown expansion, additional philanthropic support is required to bridge a gap of $22.7 million to make this transformation a reality.
Despite heart disease being the leading cause of death, there is a dire need for more effective and cost-efficient treatments to be produced through biomedical research. The USF Health Heart Institute stands ready to meet the challenge, integrating the latest research with leading cardiovascular care.
The institute will be co-located within the USF Health Downtown building, close to USF’s primary cardiology faculty practice site, Tampa General Hospital, and the sophisticated cardiovascular simulation equipment at the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). This new space creates an extraordinary opportunity to recruit elite cardiovascular researchers and make Tampa the destination for state-of-the-art heart care. To realize this vision, USF seeks to fund new endowed chairs to attract top faculty.
The Morsani College of Medicine is a first choice for Florida’s best students, boasting the highest incoming MCAT scores in the state. However, student debt burdens these future physicians and limits their career options. Increasing scholarships will allow USF to make a quality medical education accessible to talented students and enhance diversity among the student body.