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FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Receives  More than 1,000 Applications To-date for the New Medical School

  FAU has received these applications in less than three days since being listed  as a new U.S. medical school by the American Medical College Application Service®

BOCA RATON, FL (March 3, 2011) — In less than three days since being listed as a new U.S. medical school by the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS), a non-profit, centralized application processing service of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has received in excess of 1,000 applications for its independent medical education program, which was granted preliminary accreditation last month. Eleven of the 1,000 plus applications are for the dual M.D./Ph.D. degree offered by the College in collaboration with Scripps Florida and The Scripps Research Institute’s Kellogg School of Science and Technology.   

            “The response we have received from prospective students applying to our new medical education program has been truly outstanding,” said Michael L. Friedland, M.D., vice president of medical programs and dean of FAU’s College of Medicine. “Florida Atlantic University and our surrounding communities are in a unique and privileged position to welcome 64 talented young men and women to our charter class beginning this fall.”

               Demographics of the applicants show that 52 percent are Florida residents (nearly half of these applicants are from South Florida) and 48 percent are from out-of-state. Fifty-seven percent are male and 43 percent are female. Qualified students from groups currently underrepresented in medicine are included in the applicant pool—24 percent are Asian/Asian Indian; twelve percent are Hispanic; and six percent are African/American.

            “The tremendous number of applications submitted so quickly clearly indicates that there is a pent-up demand for a high-quality state medical school in our area among these very talented applicants," said Robert Hinkley, Ph.D., associate dean of admissions and enrollment, and professor of clinical biomedical science in the College of Medicine, who has nearly 20 years experience in medical school admissions.

In spring 2011, the College was granted preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to offer an independent medical education program, which will welcome its charter medical school class in fall 2011. The College has developed an innovative curriculum, which features early and continuous community-based clinical experiences and problem-based learning with emphasis on small-group and self-directed learning. World-class faculty in the College will provide a student-centered and patient-focused approach that includes clinical experiences with local physicians, health departments and hospitals, and a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Simulation Center. A key component of the innovative curriculum is early exposure to patients and the actual practice of medicine.

To that end, the College has established relationships with several prominent area hospitals that will serve as sites for clerkships, hospital-based electives and residencies. FAU has also partnered with Scripps Florida to offer a dual 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.

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About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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