The University of Miami School of Medicine — the oldest medical school in Florida — was founded in 1952 out of the need to train doctors to treat wounded and injured military veterans who were patients at the original Miami VA Hospital.
In 2004, the School was renamed the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in response to a $100 million donation — then the largest in University of Miami history — from the family of Leonard M. Miller, founder of Miami-based homebuilder Lennar Corporation and former chair of the UM Board of Trustees.
The Miller School is located in the Miami Health District, which encompasses the second-largest concentration of medical education, clinical care and biomedical research facilities in the U.S.
In 2006, UM reorganized its clinical operations and founded UHealth – the University of Miami Health System — a health care network whose 1,200-plus Miller School faculty physicians have more than two million unique patient encounters each year. Their practice locations include three UM-owned hospitals on the medical campus and more than 30 outpatient facilities in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Collier counties.
Two more hospitals are located in the Miami Health District: Jackson Memorial Hospital, the nation’s third-largest public hospital, where the majority of our residents — one of the 10 largest physician training programs in the U.S. — receive their training, and where many of our faculty clinicians provide care to a wide spectrum of patients, including those who are indigent or uninsured, and the VA Medical Center, where UHealth physicians provide care to our nation’s veterans.
The core of the Miller School is its four-year M.D. program, which graduates about 200 students each year. Several years ago, the school began offering a four-year Master of Public Health degree to those medical students who wanted to explore larger health issues, and today, about 25 percent of each graduating class receives the combined M.D./M.P.H. degree. There are numerous other combinations, offered alone or with the M.D. degree, including an M.B.A. in Health Care Administration, a Ph.D., for students wishing to have a research focus in their careers. Additional combinations include an M.D./J.D. and an M.D./M.S. in Genomic Medicine.
Translational research is also a primary focus. Engaging in more than 2,000 ongoing projects, Miller School faculty receive approximately $270 million annually from public and private agencies to conduct a wide range of nationally and internationally recognized research, build state-of-the-art facilities, and support our graduate students and postdoctoral trainees.