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Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

This section of the Preliminary 2018-2019 University Catalog includes revisions received after the 2017-2018 catalog's publish date of May 26, 2017. Revisions appear in red.

Doctoral Programs

Master's Program

Certificate Program

Link to Course Descriptions for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine's mission as a community-based medical school is to advance the health and well-being of our community by training future generations of humanistic clinicians and scientists and translating discovery into patient-centered care. is dedicated to the education of physicians and scientists to meet the healthcare needs of Florida, to conduct biomedical research to advance knowledge, to improve patient care and to serve patients and communities with competence, compassion and respect.. In addition to its MD program, the College of Medicine offers additional graduate programs including the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Science (with or without thesis) and the Ph.D. in Integrative Biology. A Biomedical Science certificate is also offered. These programs are detailed below.

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Doctorate of Medicine

The College of Medicine developed an innovative curriculum for the Doctorate of Medicine that features early community-based clinical experiences, integrated basic science courses with an emphasis on small-group and self-directed learning, longitudinal integrated clerkships at seven affiliated hospitals in Palm Beach and Broward counties, continuity faculty advising and a small class size that fosters a collegial and supportive learning environment.  The College provides a student-centered and patient-focused approach that includes regular experiences in its Clinical Skills Simulation Center and interprofessional education with FAU’s Nursing and Social Work students. A key component is a curriculum in geriatric medicine that spans the four years of the curriculum.   For more information about the medical program, click here.

FAU has also partnered with Scripps Florida to offer a dual Doctorate of Medicine/Doctorate of Philosophy (M.D./Ph.D.) degree, with the medical degree conferred by FAU and the doctorate conferred by The Scripps Research Institute’s Kellogg School of Science and Technology. The College sponsors two a combined 7-8 year B.S./M.D. programs within the University. The first program, MedDirect, is offered at the University's Boca Raton campus. The second program is offered through with the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College on the Jupiter campus and is referred to as the Wilkes Medical Scholars program. Both of these B.S./M.D. programs are for academically talented high school students who wish to study medicine based on their knowledge of the profession and first-hand medical experiences. For admissions requirements and a description of the program, see the Medical Scholars site here. In addition, in conjunction with Florida A&M University, the College has established a Medical Honors Program (MHP). The MHP is a four-year undergraduate curriculum, focusing on professionalism, ethics, problem-based learning and inter-professional (team building, communication and leadership skills) education. For admission requirements and a program description visit the program's site here.


Admission Requirements
Applicants for the Doctorate of Medicine degree must begin the process by completing an American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application online. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents of the United States with an alien registration receipt card in their possession at the time they complete the AMCAS application. Applicants must take the MCAT exam (and release their scores) no later than the fall preceding the year in which they hope to enroll. Applicants who have their verified AMCAS application forwarded to the College of Medicine will be offered an opportunity to complete a secondary application. Completed applications (AMCAS application, letters of recommendation, MCAT score and secondary application) are reviewed by an appraisal the admissions committee, which selects those applicants who will be invited for an on-campus interview. Only applicants who complete the on-campus interview with a member of the interview admissions committee will be considered by the Admissions Committee for admission to the College of Medicine.

Although preference is given to Florida residents, residents of any state may apply, and up to 15 percent of each entering class may come from states other than Florida. To receive consideration as a Florida resident, applicants must list Florida as their state of legal residence on their AMCAS application. The College of Medicine’s goal is to create an enriched learning environment for medical students by admitting applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. Therefore, qualified students from groups currently underrepresented in medicine—women, students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, students from rural or underserved areas and those from non-traditional educational backgrounds—are especially encouraged to apply.

Courses required for admission are:

1. English (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

2. Inorganic Chemistry with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

3. Organic Chemistry with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

4. Physics with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

5. Biology/Zoology with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

6. Mathematics (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

7. Additional science (2 semesters or 3 quarters).

Courses in the sciences and mathematics that are recommended but not required include biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics and statistics. The College of Medicine strongly encourages all applicants to broaden their education and supplement required coursework in math and science by pursuing their own individual academic interests. Applicants who major in the sciences do not have an advantage over those majoring in the social sciences or humanities.

The deadline for completing all prerequisite coursework is the end of the spring semester or quarter prior to matriculation. Since some required courses may be taken or completed after the submission of the AMCAS application, all accepted students will be required to submit final official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended in the United States and Canada to the Office of Admissions before matriculation. These transcripts will be used to confirm that the accepted applicant has satisfactorily completed all required courses and received a bachelor’s degree or qualified for the granting of the degree. Any deficiencies may be cause for revocation of the acceptance or for deferment to the next entering class.

The admissions committee utilizes a holistic review process that allows for balanced consideration of the multiple ways in which an applicant may demonstrate his or her capacity as a future medical student and physician and ability to contribute to the diversity of the College of Medicine. Among the factors considered in all admissions decisions are:

1. GPAs and MCAT scores;

2. Rigor of the educational program(s) undertaken;

3. Breadth of life experiences;

4. Ability to contribute to an enriched learning environment for all students;

5. Meaningfulness of direct patient contact experiences;

6. Research experiences;

7. Quality of letters of recommendation;

8. Interpersonal skills;

9. Personal qualities and background;

10. Source and degree of motivation to study and practice medicine.


Degree Requirements
Prior to graduation and receipt of the Doctorate of Medicine degree from the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, students must demonstrate proficiency and compliance in, and satisfy the requirements of, each of the following six areas:

1. Courses and Clerkships: Students must complete the required core courses and clerkships and the designated minimum number of elective and selective courses with Satisfactory (passing level) performance.

2. Licensing Exams:
a. Students must pass the USMLE Step I examination before beginning the third academic year.

b. Students must pass the USMLE Step II Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills examinations
by the deadlines listed in the USMLE policy in the College of Medicine Handbook..

3. Competency Assessments:
a. Students must pass all FAU College of Medicine
Institutional Competency Assessments.

b. Students must earn certification for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS).

4. Professional Performance: Students must demonstrate consistent evidence of professionalism as assessed by the Medical Students Promotions and Professional Standards Committee (MSPPSC) per the competency-based grading system and the Physicianship and Professionalism Advocacy Program (PPAP).

5. Review and Approval of Academic and Professional Record:
Students must receive the MSPPSC's recommendation for graduation and receipt of the Doctorate of Medicine degree. The MSPPSC's recommendation for graduation and receipt of the M.D. degree must be approved by the Dean of the FAU College of Medicine.

Required Courses
The following table lists required courses for the
medical program.

Year 1 Courses
Foundations of Medicine 1 BMS 6015 12
Foundations of Medicine 2 BMS 6016 13
Neuroscience and Behavior BMS 6020 10
Fundamentals of Biomedical Science
BMS 6031 21
Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 1 BMS 6541 7
Year 2 Courses
Foundations of Medicine 3 BMS 6017 21
Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 2 BMS 6542 13
Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 3 BMS 6543 10
Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 4 BMS 6544 7
Year 3 Courses
Synthesis and Transition BMS 6405 4
Medical and Surgical Sciences LIC MDC 7012 10
Family and Community Health Sciences LIC MDC 7011 10
Geriatrics and Palliative Care Clerkship MDC 7150 15
Internal Medicine Clerkship MDC 7200 25
Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship MDC 7180 20
Pediatrics Clerkship MDC 7400 20
Psychiatry Clerkship MDC 7830 20
Surgery Clerkship MDC 7600 25
Community and Preventative Medicine
MDC 7120 14
Year 4 Courses
Elective Rotation MDE 8011 6-12
Transition to Residency MDE 8067 6
Internal Medicine Sub-Internship MDI 7200 14
Surgery Sub-Internship MDI 7600 14
Acting Internship Rotation MDI 8010 12
Selective Rotation MDS 8011 12

Doctor of Philosophy

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offers a doctoral program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Integrative Biology. This is a joint program with the Department of Biological Sciences of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science in which students can pursue interests across a number of fields, including marine science, biomedical science, biotechnology and biology. For complete program details, click here.

Master of Science with Major in Biomedical Science

Students interested in pursuing advanced studies in biomedical science may obtain a degree of Master of Science (M.S.) with Major in Biomedical Science, taking either the thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option is oriented toward those students interested in pursuing biomedical research or careers in academia. The non-thesis program is an option for students seeking to solidify their knowledge base in order to apply to appropriate professional schools or pursue careers in the biomedical sciences industry.


Admission Requirements
All program applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 credits and competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (scores are valid for five years). These are minimum requirements that are necessary for consideration for admission to the program. Higher scores will increase applicants' chances for admission. Prerequisites of the master's degree program include one year each of biology, chemistry and physics; one semester each of biochemistry and organic chemistry; and at least two upper-division biology classes. A personal statement explaining career goals is required as well as three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from former professors.

Recency of Credits
No credit that is more than seven years old at the time the M.S. in Biomedical Science degree is awarded may be counted toward the degree.

Degree Requirements
Non-Thesis Option
This option requires a minimum of 30 graduate-level credits. With their advisor's approval, students design a course of study courses offered in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine as well as courses in related departments and colleges chosen from the following list.

Thesis Option
This option requires a minimum of 30 credits consisting of coursework chosen from the list below, a minimum of 6 thesis credits, 3 thesis-related research credits. Students design a course of study and research with the guidance and approval of the advisors and thesis committees. Thesis students are required to make a formal research proposal to their committees within their first year prior to enrollment in thesis credits. In addition, upon completion of their research, they must make a formal thesis presentation and defense in the semester they plan to graduate. All thesis students must also receive certification of completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research program. The RCR program, which is offered jointly through the Graduate College and Division of Research, covers the nine instructional areas of RCR. All four components are mandatory in order to receive certification of completion.

Students wishing to change their admission from the thesis option to the non-thesis option must submit to the Graduate Program Committee a letter of request that states the justification for the change and a letter from the thesis advisor in support of the request. An interview with the Graduate Program Committee may be required. A maximum of 6 credits from the thesis career can be applied toward the non-thesis career upon approval by the Graduate Program Committee. PCB 6974 and PCB 6971 credits are non-transferable.

Graduate-Level Courses
Biomedical Science
(minimum of 15 credits required)
Integrated Morphology 1 BMS 6102C 4
Integrated Morphology 2 BMS 6104C 4
Clinical Microbiology BMS 6303 3
Autonomic Function and Diseases BMS 6523 3
Fundamentals of General Pathology
BMS 6601 3
Brain Diseases: Mechanism and Therapy BMS 6736 3
Biomedical Data and Informatics BSC 6459 3
Macromolecules and Human Disease GMS 6301 3
Molecular Basis of Disease and Therapy GMS 6302 3
Host Defense and Inflammation MCB 6208 3
Advanced Molecular and Cellular Biology PCB 5532 3
Neurobiology of Addiction PCB 5844 3
Advanced Cell Physiology PCB 6207 3
Molecular Basis of Human Cancer PCB 6235 3
Problem-Based Immunology PCB 6238 3
Tumor Immunology PCB 6239 3
Human Genetics PCB 6665 3
Molecular Biology of the Cardiovascular
System and Cardiac Disease
PCB 6705 3
Adult Neurogenesis PCB 6848 3
Physiology of the Heart PCB 6885 3
Directed Independent Study PCB 6905 1-3
Special Topics PCB 6933 1-8
Graduate Seminars PCB 6934 1
Thesis-Related Research PCB 6974 2-3
Developmental Neurobiology PSB 6515 3
Bioinformatics BSC 6458C 4
Advanced Molecular Genetics of Aging PCB 5245 3
Advanced Immunology PCB 6236 3
Complex Systems & Brain Sciences
Cognitive Neuroscience ISC 5465 3
Biological Vision PSB 5117 3
Principles of Neuroscience PSB 6037 3
Neuroscience 1 PSB 6345 3
Neuroscience 2 PSB 6346 3

Biomedical Science Certificate

Biomedical Science is a broad and interdisciplinary field focused on understanding and improving human health. It incorporates diverse areas of specialized investigation that share this common goal, including anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology and others. The Biomedical Science certificate is offered to provide master's and Ph.D. students an integrated background in the biomedical sciences. To achieve this, the 12-credit program is designed with flexibility. Although the program is centered on the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, faculty from other colleges and institutions contribute to the program's success, and students are welcomed from many departments, centers and colleges throughout the University.

Admission Requirements
Admission to and completion of this program is organized by the Graduate Program Office in the College of Medicine. For admission, the applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

1. Enrollment in an FAU master's or Ph.D. training program in any of the following: Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Integrative Biology and Psychology. Students must have approval of their graduate program to enroll and must remain in good standing with their graduate program to continue in this certificate.

2. Demonstrate competency in life science, mathematics and other courses related to the certificate program, such as by achieving at least a "B" in these courses.

3. Interview with the certificate director or graduate committee chair to discuss program goals and requirements and obtain permission to enroll.


Program Requirements
The certificate curriculum provides students opportunities to survey different areas of the biomedical sciences and to focus on areas of particular interest. Program requirements are designed to be tailored to the individual student with previous coursework and future goals in mind.

1. Students must achieve a minimum grade of "B" in four of the courses below for a total of 12 credits:

Choose four courses from the list below (12 credits)
Integrated Morphology 1 BMS 6102C 4
Integrated Morphology 2 BMS 6104C 4
Clinical Microbiology BMS 6303 3
Autonomic Function and Diseases BMS 6523 3
Fundamentals of General Pathology BMS 6601 3
Brain Diseases: Mechanism and Therapy BMS 6736 3
Macromolecules and Human Disease GMS 6301 3
Molecular Basis of Disease and Therapy GMS 6302 3
Host Defense and Inflammation MCB 6208 3
Advanced Molecular and Cellular Biology PCB 5532 3
Neurobiology of Addiction PCB 5844 3
Advanced Cell Physiology PCB 6207 3
Molecular Basis of Human Cancer PCB 6235 3
Problem-Based Immunology PCB 6238 3
Tumor Immunology PCB 6239 3
Human Genetics PCB 6665 3
Molecular Biology of the Cardiovascular
System and Cardiac Disease
PCB 6705 3
Adult Neurogenesis PCB 6848 3
Physiology of the Heart PCB 6885 3
Special Topics PCB 6933 3
Developmental Neurobiology PSB 6515 3

2. Students must participate in the College of Medicine Research Day each year showcasing graduate student research in the College.

No credit that is more than seven years old at the time the graduate certificate in Biomedical Science is awarded may be counted toward the certificate.


Link to Course Descriptions for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine