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UM’s Miller School of Medicine at FAU’s Regional Campus Students Begin Clinical Rotations

BOCA RATON, FL (October 15, 2009) - Thirty-one students set to be the first to complete all four years of medical school at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University’s Medical Regional Campus in Boca Raton  have begun clinical rotations at local hospitals.

The rotations at several Palm Beach County hospitals make up the majority of the newly developed third year curriculum that is part of the University of Miami and FAU’s unique private-public partnership for medical education.

            “This is an exciting time for these students as well as the participating hospitals,” said Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., professor of medicine and senior associate regional dean for medical education at UM’s Miller School of Medicine at FAU’s Medical Regional Campus. “Students will work side by side with physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, relating the knowledge they have gained from their first two years of study and applying it to real-life situations.  They will assist in the delivery of babies; participate in surgical procedures and be part of clinical teams in pediatrics, internal medicine and the other specialties traditionally taught in the third year of medical school.”

Participating hospitals and specialties include Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, which will provide students with obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and family medicine rotations; and John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Atlantis where rotations in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, radiology, geriatrics and palliative care will take place.  Students will also complete a rotation in psychiatry at the South County Mental Health Center in Delray Beach. The rotations involve students working under the direct supervision of community-based physicians in each specialty. 

            “While UM’s Miller School of Medicine at FAU’s Medical Regional Campus’ faculty provide the curricular oversight, we could not have achieved this historical milestone in the transition of our two year regional campus to a four-year campus without the commitment of leadership at our hospital affiliates and our dedicated community faculty,” said Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., executive clinical dean at UM’s Miller School of Medicine at FAU’s Medical Regional Campus.

The curriculum at FAU’s regional campus differs from that of the Miami medical campus in that students are exposed early on and extensively to clinical activity in several different settings.  There are also fewer didactic hours and a greater emphasis on independent, self-directed learning.  Small group, problem-based learning sessions serve to emphasize the relevance of basic science knowledge to clinical medicine. Additionally, each student, by working closely with a community-based preceptor and faculty preceptor, follows a panel of patients with chronic illness throughout all four years of study.  This helps provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to render comprehensive, compassionate care to their future patients. 

“We look forward to a continued collaboration between the regional campus and the area hospitals. As our four year medical education program evolves, we will continue to work diligently to develop clinical rotations that match the high quality of education the medical students receive here at the regional campus,” said Michael Friedland, M.D., dean of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, FAU’s vice president for medical programs and regional dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at FAU.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.


The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, founded in 1952, was the first medical school in the state of Florida.  The Miller School of Medicine is located on the 100-acre University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex in Miami.  The medical center includes three University-owned hospitals that make up the University of Miami Health System (UHealth):  University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  Our three primary affiliated hospitals on the campus include Jackson Memorial Hospital, Holtz Children’s Hospital and the Miami VA Medical Center.  Miller School faculty members conduct more than 1,700 research projects in basic science and clinical care in facilities totaling more than 500,000 square feet of research space. 


Celebrating 50 years of caring for the community, Bethesda Memorial Hospital, is a 401-bed, full service, not-for-profit hospital that serves South Palm Beach County. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Bethesda Memorial Hospital and its affiliates specialize in cancer care, endovascular and orthopedic surgery, maternity, pediatrics and rehabilitation. In 2008, Bethesda opened the Bethesda Heart Institute on the Hospital’s main campus. This “heart hospital within a hospital” provides comprehensive cardiovascular services including: diagnostic, interventional, surgical services and cardiac rehabilitation. 


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