The Sunshine State is more than a land of tourist attractions and vacation homes. Florida is also home to some of the top medical schools and research centers in the country – and in the world. Being the third most populous state, home to the largest concentration of persons over the age of 65, and comprising a diverse population, the state offers aspiring physicians and medical researchers ample opportunities to make an impact.
Most of the schools are concentrated in and around metropolitan centers of Florida. Nevertheless, medical students have ample opportunities and are encouraged to serve rural areas.
Top schools in Florida emphasize a combination of patient-centered training, interpersonal skills, and innovative approaches to learning and research – in and out of the classroom. Overall, these schools draw students who are not only academically talented, but compassionate and community-focused.
The schools on this list were selected based on their overall impact, innovative research programs, opportunities offered to students, GPA, MCAT scores, and admissions selectivity. Additionally, this ranking is based on the US News list of the country’s best medical schools. We also looked at partnerships and affiliations with key medical centers and facilities, which enable students’ access to relevant, hands-on and real-world experience in the medical field.
Below is a list of the top ten medical schools in Florida.
10. Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (Davie, FL)
The Dr. Kiran Patel College of Allopathic Medicine offers a new and innovative program with strong ties to South Florida’s seven leading and award-winning hospitals. Working side by side with physicians at the hospitals’ clerkship sites, medical students gain extensive, hands-on clinical experience. The M.D. curriculum is centered on patient-first interaction and professional collaboration, utilizing a hybrid model that goes beyond conventional, classroom learning.
Nova Southeastern produces more doctors than any other school in Florida and is unique in offering programs in both osteopathic and allopathic medicine. Although only four years old, the Dr. Kiran Patel College of Allopathic Medicine has already been featured in Forbes magazine as an up-and-coming school.
While the college does not have a minimum MCAT or GPA requirement for admissions, the averages for the Fall 2020 class were a competitive 511 for the MCAT and a 3.69 GPA.
9. Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (Miami, FL)
Ranking among the top medical schools in the nation, Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine produces world-class research and training in primary care. The college has an award-winning curriculum and its graduates have a pass rate of 99% on the US medical licensing exam.
In addition to quality research, the college has a proven record in extensive and impactful community engagement in South Florida, serving thousands of families in the region. Wertheim College of Medicine also boasts a diverse student population, with members of underrepresented groups comprising 43% of the population.
Although it was founded less than 20 years ago, the college has already produced groundbreaking research, including research on COVID-19.
All applicants are considered; however, the average MCAT score for accepted applicants is a competitive 509. The average GPA is 3.73.
8. Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Students who are looking to study osteopathic medicine should consider NSU. The Dr. Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine is the tenth-largest osteopathic medical school in the country, enrolling around 1,000 students and employing nearly 150 full-time professors.
Almost 70 percent of graduates go on to become primary care practitioners in the areas of family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. The college is among the top recipients of National Institute of Health (NIH) funds and has an outstanding research record, with a high number of cited publications in the field.
The average MCAT score of incoming students is 507 and an average GPA of 3.64.
7. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Bradenton, FL)
The suburban Bradenton branch of LECOM – along with its sister campuses in Elmira and Greensburg, and parent campus in Erie – provides medical students with an affordable and high-quality education. Its facilities are equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art technology, including several multi-purpose learning labs.
When considering all of LECOM’s campuses in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York, LECOM is the largest medical college in the country, with 2,200 total students. Additionally, LECOM has the largest number of applicants of any medical college. Students will receive a quality education with promising outcomes— for an unusually low price compared to most other medical schools’ tuition.
The average MCAT score for a matriculating student is 503, with the average GPA being 3.5.