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Letter From the Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, Spring 2017
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Dear Alumni,

After a very successful Match Day, we were proud to have graduated 164 new physicians at the Morsani College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony last month. Among the class of 2017, 37 graduates (23%) are staying at USF; 70 (43%) are staying in Florida; and 56 graduates (35%) chose primary care as their specialty (internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics).

I am also pleased to share the good news that the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine rose another six spots in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation's Best Medical Schools for Research. We are now ranked No. 56, up from No. 63 last year and No. 80 in 2014, according to the Best Graduate Schools rankings released in March. 

Our rapid rise in this ranking has been driven by the dramatic increase in the number of our highly competitive applicants, rising MCAT scores of our incoming medical students, our growing NIH research funding portfolio, and improving peer assessments from the leadership of other U.S. medical schools. Such national rankings serve to measure our academic accomplishments, and I am very proud of all the hard work that has propelled this upward trajectory.

We are also in the process of finalizing plans for the new downtown building, as construction is expected to start this fall. To receive the latest news on the downtown project, you may subscribe for updates at this link.

As alumni, you serve as important ambassadors for USF in the medical community. I look forward to sharing more about the exciting developments at your medical college in person at the reunion welcome dinner on September 8. I hope to see you there!

All the best,



Charles Lockwood, MD, MHCM

Senior Vice President, USF Health
Dean, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

USF Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC 70, Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: 813-974-1470 I Fax: 813-974-2936

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