The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) is the graduate medical school of the University of Miami. Founded in 1952, it is the oldest medical school in the state of Florida.
The main medical campus is located in the Civic Center, Miami, Florida within the 153-acre (0.62 km2) UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex. The medical center includes three University-owned hospitals that make up the UHealth System: University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, home to the top-ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Affiliated hospitals on the medical campus include Jackson Memorial Hospital, Holtz Children’s Hospital, and the Miami VA Healthcare System. Jackson Memorial Hospital serves as the school’s major teaching facility and is one of the largest hospitals in the United States with more than 1,550 beds.
From 2004 – 2011 the Miller School offered instruction on the campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida approximately 60 miles (97 km) north of the parent campus in Miami. FAU is a public university, and the State of Florida supported the Boca Raton program with an annual contribution of $15 million. MD students were admitted to either the Miami or Boca Raton programs and spent all four years studying on the selected campus. In April 2005, the Boca Raton program was expanded into a full four-year medical degree program. All graduates of the Boca Raton program received University of Miami degrees rather than FAU degrees. As of 2011, FAU has created its own medical school, independent of the University of Miami.
Starting with the Class of 2014, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine no longer offers incoming students the option of attending the Boca Raton campus. Training sites and Miller School faculty associated with the regional campus are being integrated into the MD/MPH program (see below). The University continues to sponsor multiple residency programs in Broward County and Palm Beach County under the umbrella of the Palm Beach Regional Campus (UMPBRC).
The Miller Medical School has more than 1,500 ongoing projects funded by more than $200 million in external grants and contracts to UM faculty. The medical campus includes more than 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2) of research space. The recently completed Building I of the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park added an additional 252,000 sq ft (23,400 m2) of dedicated research space and is the first phase of a five building, 1,800,000 sq ft (170,000 m2) lab ready research park. It is located in the Miami Hospital District and adjacent to the medical campus.
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is a research center dedicated to research in the field of paralysis and spinal cord injury, with the eventual object of finding a cure for paralyzing injuries. Based at the Miller School of Medicine, it is considered a world leader in neurological injury research. The center was founded in 1985 by a research physician and three people who had dealt with spinal cord injuries. The center has identified a family of genes that may control the ability of the optic nerve to regenerate. The Miller Medical School also developed the famous “Harvey” teaching mannequin that is able to recreate many of the physical findings of the cardiology examination, including palpation, auscultation, and electrocardiography. The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) and Dr. Joshua Hare are leading cutting edge medicine including injections of a person’s own bone marrow stem cells to repair damage from massive heart attacks.
On March 2016, Steven Altschuler (Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer of UHealth) announced that “As we transition to value-based care and expand our reach throughout the region and beyond, we must become more efficient, selective and cost-effective in everything we do.” and that “One of the actions I am asking that we take at UHealth and the Miller School of Medicine is to close all open positions that are not directly related to patient care.
For the traditional MD-only medical class entering in 2016, 463 out of a total 8541 applicants were interviewed for a class of 146 students. The entering class presented an average overall GPA of 3.74, science GPA of 3.69, and composite MCAT in the 87th percentile.
For the combined MD/MPH medical class entering in 2016, 16 out of a total 8541 applicants were interviewed for a class of 50 students. The entering class presented an average overall GPA of 3.62, a science GPA of 3.49, and a composite MCAT in the 83rd percentile.