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Top 10 medical schools attended by Florida doctors

Florida medical schools are an attractive option for many med students given the warm climate and affordable in-state tuition rates. Florida also has the fourth-highest number of medical schools (10) of any state in the U.S., behind Texas, California, and New York.

According to the data, however, not all Florida doctors graduate from Florida med schools. We used the PhysicianView product from Definitive Healthcare to uncover which medical schools in the U.S. produced the highest share of physicians in Florida.

Top medical schools attended by physicians in FL

Rank Medical school Location Share of Florida doctors Explore dataset
University Of Miami, L. M. Miller School of Medicine Miami, FL 7.0% Explore
University Of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville, FL 6.8% Explore
University Of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine Tampa, FL 5.8% Explore
Life Chiropractic University Marietta, GA 1.9% Explore
University Of Puerto Rico School of Medicine San Juan, PR 1.5% Explore
Palmer College Chiropractic - Davenport Davenport, IA 1.5% Explore
Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine Philadelphia, PA 1.5% Explore
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie Erie, PA 1.4% Explore
Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine Miami, FL 1.4% Explore
10 New York Medical College Valhalla, NY 1.2% Explore

Fig. 1 Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s PhysicianView product. Data compiled in December 2022. 

Which medical schools in Florida did most physicians attend?

Unsurprisingly, four of the top ten medical schools on our list are in-state schools. The L.M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami has the highest percentage of doctors in Florida with a 7.0% share. The school has been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its medical research and has earned accolades for innovations in diabetes, precision medicine, cancer care, and more. Florida medical schools also occupy the second, third, and ninth positions.

Chiropractic and osteopathic medical schools also appear to be popular among Florida physicians, as each form of alternative medicine occupies two positions on our list. Life Chiropractic University and Palmer College Chiropractic have a 1.9% and 1.5% share of doctors respectively. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine have a 1.5% and 1.4% share of doctors.

Proximity to Florida appears to play a minor role in the list. Four of the top out-of-state medical schools are along the east coast, with Life Chiropractic University located nearby in Georgia. The outliers are Palmer College Chiropractic located in Iowa, and the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, which is in Puerto Rico.

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