Medical schools offer graduate degree programs for students interested in becoming physician assistants, medical doctors or medical scientists. While physician assistant programs are available at the master's degree level, medical doctor and medical scientist programs are doctorate programs. Clinical rotations are usually incorporated in medical doctor and physician assistant programs, with aspiring medical doctors getting the most extensive clinical experience in a variety of specialties. Medical scientist programs, on the other hand, involve research and extensive laboratory study. Physician assistants and medical doctors must be licensed to work in their fields.
Florida International University
Located in Miami, Florida International University (FIU) is one of the country's 25 largest public universities. The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine offers the Doctor of Medicine degree program. Divided into four periods of study that cover professional development, human disease, illness and injury, human biology and clinical medicine, this program examines the broad field of medical practice. It features clinical experience in outpatient settings before advancing to hospitals and a sub-internship. The program culminates in a clinical medicine residency and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.
University of Florida
The University of Florida is located in Gainesville and is the oldest university in the state. The College of Medicine houses the university's degree programs in medicine, including a physician assistant master's program, medical doctor program and medical sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.
Lasting two years and preparing students to practice medicine under physician supervision, the physician assistant master's degree program consists of an academic year and a clinical year. Graduates qualify for national certifying examinations, such as the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Those aspiring to become medical doctors can enroll in the 4-year Doctor of Medicine program, which provides a combination of two years of clinical science coursework and two years of real-world experience through direct contact with patients.
The school also offers a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, which is an interdisciplinary program in the biomedical sciences. Students can choose to specialize in biochemistry and molecular biology; physiology and pharmacology; immunology and microbiology; genetics; molecular cell biology; or neuroscience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||MD Program Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Florida International University||4-year, public; large suburb||Doctor of Medicine||$11,097 (in-state); $23,578 (out-of-state)*|
|University of Florida||4-year, public; midsize city|| Master of Physician Assistant Studies,
Doctor of Medicine,
PhD in Medical Sciences
|$12,737 (in-state); $29,302 (out-of-state)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.