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Florida Legislature Approves FAU Medical Education Program

            BOCA RATON, FL (April 22, 2010) – The Florida Legislature approved the establishment of FAU’s independent medical education program today when the Senate passed House Bill 1581 which authorizes the program at FAU.  The bill will now go to the governor for approval. 

The legislative approval comes after the doctor of medicine program was approved by the Florida Board of Governors in April and received approval by FAU’s Board of Trustees in February.

            “What an exciting time for Florida Atlantic University,” said John Pritchett, FAU’s interim president.  “We are grateful to the bill’s sponsors, Representative Adam Hasner and Senator Joe Negron, and to all of our supporters who understand that FAU’s medical education program will serve as a leader in medical education, as it combines academic programming with truly groundbreaking research.”

            In addition to offering the M.D. degree, FAU proposes to offer a dual M.D./biomedical sciences Ph.D. option in partnership with the Scripps Institute Kellogg School of Science and Technology, which would confer a doctorate degree.  FAU estimates that up to one fourth of its M.D. students could take advantage of this option.

Student and residency training will be made available throughout hospitals in Palm Beach and Broward counties. The target date for the inaugural class to begin is fall 2011, with total enrollment of the program reaching 246 students by 2014.


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