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Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) has recently established a graduate certificate program to provide academic enhancement and professional development to applicants to health-related professional degree programs.

The Graduate Certificate in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences program at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) at FIU aims to provide academic enhancement and professional development to applicants to health-related professional degree programs. The graduate certificate program strengthens the biomedical knowledge and professionalism skills of applicants, improving their qualifications for application to medical school or other health-related professional degree programs. The program comprises eight graduate-level courses. Six biomedical courses (worth three credits each) include Medical Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Medical Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Medical Physiology, Pathology and Medical Histology, and Medical Genetics.

Two sequential one-credit Professional Skills in Medical Sciences courses emphasize valuable learning techniques and the importance of keeping abreast of the latest biomedical research developments. Program faculty also help students improve nonacademic factors and attributes essential for successful application to medical school. Professionalism is an essential component of all courses.

The basic science courses are taught by faculty in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and are similar to those taught during the first year of medical school. The topics are presented in interactive lectures, team-based learning, and small-group or whole-class discussion sessions. In addition, students are required to evaluate current scientific literature related to course topics. The courses reinforce basic science concepts through examples of human diseases and experimental data, and are fundamental for better understanding of clinical sciences. Discussions emphasize the implications of research data on the practice of health care. The program encourages students to be self-directed learners, critical thinkers, and decision makers. Students are required to search, analyze, and utilize scientific literature.

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Admission Criteria for Guaranteed Acceptance to the MD Degree Program

Students on the wait list for the MD degree program for the current application cycle will be provided a conditional guarantee of acceptance to HWCOM upon completion of the certificate program, provided they have met defined academic and professional metrics, including attendance to mandatory advising sessions while enrolled in the graduate certificate program. Each student seeking a conditional guarantee of acceptance must:

  • Maintain a minimum graduate certificate program GPA of 3.7.
  • Earn a grade of B or above in each graduate certificate program course.
  • Have satisfactory academic and professional performance. Students are assessed on professionalism in each graduate certificate program course, using the criteria in Section III of the Student Handbook.
  • Submit completed American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application and HWCOM Secondary Application for the current cycle.
  • Receive a strong Graduate Certificate Program Committee letter of recommendation.
  • Obtain satisfactory level 1 and 2 background checks (a requirement for all students accepted to the MD degree program).
  • Obtain satisfactory drug screening test (a requirement for all students accepted to the MD degree program).

Admission Criteria for Guaranteed Interview for the MD Degree Program

Students not on the wait list for the HWCOM MD degree program will be provided a conditional guarantee to interview provided they meet defined academic and professional metrics, including attendance to mandatory advising sessions, while enrolled in the graduate certificate program. Each student seeking a conditional guarantee to interview also must:

  • Complete all HWCOM prerequisite courses.
  • Maintain a minimum graduate certificate program GPA of 3.7.
  • Earn a grade of B or above in each graduate certificate program course.
  • Submit MCAT scores; a score 500 or higher is preferable.
  • Have satisfactory academic and professional performance. Students are assessed on their professionalism in each graduate certificate program course using the criteria in Section III of the Student Handbook.
  • Submit an AMCAS application and HWCOM Secondary Application for the current cycle (2017).
  • Receive a strong Graduate Certificate Program Committee letter of recommendation.