We are a research-based medical school.
UCF's College of Medicine is unique nationally in the fact that it includes the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, home to almost 3,000 undergraduate and graduate majors. Faculty and students at Burnett focus their scientific efforts on the conditions that plague humanity -- cancer, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases. We're in clinical trials for an antibiotic that may treat Crohn's disease. We're developing viruses that can fight cancer and an influenza vaccine you only have to take once in your life. We're working on ways to combat Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Basic science researchers team with College of Medicine clinical faculty to identify and find solutions to patient problems from pain management to heart-healthy nutrition. Our medical education faculty develop innovative teaching systems and research the role of interactive learning on knowledge retention and test scores.
Research is so much a part of our culture that every M.D. student is required to do a two-year scientific research project through the Focused Inquiry and Research Experience (FIRE) module. Because of that curriculum innovation, many UCF students publish and present research at local, regional and national meetings before they ever graduate from medical school.