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FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Named Gold Award Winner in Health Services by the School District of Palm Beach County for Partnership with Roosevelt Middle School

FAU Receives Award for its Healthcare Careers Outreach Program at Roosevelt Middle School

BOCA RATON, FL (May 21, 2012) — The School District of Palm Beach County has named the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University a "Gold Award Winner" in the Business Partnership/Health Service Category for its unique partnership with Roosevelt Middle School. The award was recently presented to the Schmidt College of Medicine in recognition of its Healthcare Careers Outreach Program (HCOP) implemented at Roosevelt Middle School. The award is presented by the District to recognize businesses that exemplify outstanding service and contributions to its students, teachers and schools through partnerships that increase and improve academic achievement through creative and innovative means.

"We are so honored to receive this prestigious award from the School District of Palm Beach County," said Julie Servoss, M.D., M.P.H., assistant dean for diversity, cultural and student affairs in FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. "We have created great synergy and a wonderful working relationship between Roosevelt Middle School and FAU to prepare underserved and underrepresented students for careers in medicine and the health sciences."

Roosevelt Middle has four magnet programs: pre-engineering, pre-medical, technology and environmental science. FAU's Schmidt College of Medicine is a business partner with Roosevelt Middle's Pre Medical Academy and utilizes HCOP to engage students in ongoing educational discovery. HCOP provides an opportunity for diverse students to realize their potential for success in the healthcare fields.

Using a team approach, teachers from the Pre Medical Academy and faculty from the Schmidt College of Medicine conduct classes two days per week at the school. Activities are infused into the regular curriculum and have been designed to cultivate leadership and presentation skills; to refine writing skills resulting from scientific inquiry and research; and to develop time management, planning, communication, and team building skills. Job shadowing of medical students and doctors along with guest speakers and panel presentations increase awareness of and desire for medical careers. Other vital components include field trips to science related sites and to FAU's anatomy lab and Medical Simulation Center. Parent involvement is another key element in HCOP as parents are responsible for accompanying students on field trips and attending information sessions on skill development. Parents also participate in Saturday events, such as the student presentations filmed at the beginning of the year and at a culminating event at the end of the year.

"The students in our Pre Medical Academy are truly engaged and enthusiastic about participating in FAU's Healthcare Careers Outreach Program," said Jo Anne Rogers, principal of Roosevelt Middle School. "Our unique partnership with FAU is helping to build and enhance the critical skills our students need throughout middle school, high school, college and ultimately when they pursue careers in the health sciences and medicine."

HCOP was implemented as a three-year pilot program in Lake Worth High and Fort Pierce Central High as an after-school and Saturday initiative designed to increase interest in the health sciences for young people interested in careers in medicine, and to mentor and prepare them to successfully compete at the highest levels of college and post-graduate studies. The 19 students in the pilot program graduated in 2011, and all were accepted for freshman admission to FAU and other universities and colleges in Florida. As a result of the success of the pilot program, the Schmidt College of Medicine developed a new program for middle and high school students, and has implemented the program this year in Roosevelt Middle School and Lake Worth Community High School.

In 2011, FAU received grant funding from the Quantum Foundation of West Palm Beach and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties to support HCOP and enable the program to expand to other schools in Palm Beach County. The Quantum Foundation works in Palm Beach County to increase healthcare access, improve science and health education and enhance the health care workforce. The MacArthur Fund of the Community Foundation addresses needs in arts and culture, education, the environment and community development. As one of Florida's largest community foundations, the Community Foundation advances the quality of life, citizen engagement, and regional vitality through its promotion of philanthropy.

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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. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 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 and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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 www.fau.edu.

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