Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, USA

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is the medical school of Florida Atlantic University located in Boca Raton, Florida, United States. The college offers the degrees of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (M.D./Ph.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

The mission of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is to educate physicians and scientists to meet the healthcare needs of Florida, to conduct biomedical research to advance knowledge, which improves patient care, and to serve patients and communities with competence, compassion and respect.

Florida Atlantic University’s decision to seek accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for a new, independent medical school in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine began over a decade ago.

  • In 1998, the Florida Legislature approved the first in a series of annual appropriations to FAU, which would total $4.4 million by fiscal year 2004-05, to build the core biomedical science program.
  • In 1998, FAU also received a transformational gift of $15 million from the Schmidt Family Foundation to construct a 95,000-square-foot facility.
  • In 2004, the first class of 16 students was admitted to the two-year regional medical campus program.
  • In 2005, the Florida Board of Governors authorized the expansion of the regional medical campus to a four-year program.
  • In 2009, leadership from FAU and Scripps Florida began informal discussions about forming a partnership. As a result of this partnership, FAU and Scripps agreed to offer a joint M.D./Ph.D. degree.
  • On April 7, 2010, the Florida Board of Governors authorized FAU to award the M.D. degree.
  • Legislation authorizing FAU’s medical education program was signed into law by the Governor on May 15, 2010, thereby making it an independent medical school becoming only the 134th allopathic (M.D.) medical school in North America.
  • On June 23, 2010, the FAU Board of Trustees officially renamed the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science to the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
  • In early February 2011, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine received preliminary accreditation from the LCME, the accrediting authority for all medical education programs leading to a medical degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools.
  • In June 2015, the College received full accreditation from the LCME.


The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine admits 64 students to each first year class. The inaugural class was welcomed in August 2011. In 2015, The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine earned full accredition from the LCME for its MD degree. Accredition signifies that national standards for function, structure, and performance are met by the medical school’s education program.

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine opened up a university sponsored internal medicine residency program in 2014 in conjunction with the Boca Raton regional hospital and four other regional hospitals. It also established a partnership with the Scripps Research Institute for a combined (MD/Ph.D) program. In spring of 2016, The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was accredited by the ACGME in the emergency medicine and surgery programs. Both of these programs will begin matching students in the 2017 medical class.

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