The College of Medicine, the largest of six colleges at the University of Florida Academic Health Center, opened in 1956 with a mission to increase Florida’s supply of highly qualified physicians, provide advanced health care services to the residents of Florida and foster discovery in health research.
Since graduating its first medical students in 1960, the College has graduated more than 5,000 physicians. The college also offers other graduate degree programs, including:
- Medical science
- Biomedical engineering
- Physician assistant studies
- Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
The college’s Gainesville campus is comprised of 28 clinical and basic science departments and the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies and is staffed by more than 1,400 faculty members. The Jacksonville campus, located 75 miles to the northeast, is home to more than 450 physicians and scientists delivering medical care in an urban setting, performing research and educating medical students and residents.
A patient care setting is provided to College of Medicine faculty and students by the University of Florida Health Physicians Group Practice, a close collaboration with UF Health, the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, as well as several community health care sites and other affiliated hospitals in Florida. First-rate medical facilities and well-trained physicians and physicians-in-training are partnered to provide the highest quality of patient care.
Missions of the College
The College of Medicine strives to improve health care in Florida, our nation, and the world through excellence and consistently superior leadership in education, clinical care, discovery, and service.
To achieve this mission we aspire to the following goals:
- To develop humanistic, skilled, intellectually disciplined, and authoritative medical professionals who are committed to the highest ideals and standards of the profession and who model an exceptional standard of care for those they treat, lead and serve.
- To educate and inspire the next generation of leaders in health care, biomedical sciences, health services research and academic medicine to seek, provide and sustain unparalleled achievements in service, teaching and research.
- To provide comprehensive, patient-centered, culturally sensitive, compassionate and innovative health care of the highest quality to all.
- To develop and utilize innovative models of interdisciplinary health care delivery that optimize safety, service, outcomes and resource use.
- To provide leadership to the state of Florida, the nation and the world in efforts to promote health, to predict and prevent disease and to deliver care.
- To improve our understanding of human health and disease through groundbreaking research and to translate these discoveries into new solutions that promote health, and improve health outcomes and quality of care.
- To recruit, develop and nurture a diverse and academically outstanding community of faculty, students, trainees and staff, who each contribute to excellence in our missions.
- To promote sustained, robust professional and personal growth, productivity, accountability, integrity and synergistic collaboration, and synergy of faculty, students, and staff.