FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, USA

The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is the medical school of Florida International University, located in Modesto A. Maidique Campus in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, in the United States. The College of Medicine is one of the university’s 26 schools and colleges.

The College of Medicine was founded by the Florida Board of Governors on March 23, 2006. Its inaugural class of 43 students entered in fall 2009 and was the first graduating class in 2013.

For Fall 2010, 3,606 students applied for 43 spots.

The College of Medicine was fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in February 2013.

The College of Medicine was founded by the Florida Board of Governors on March 23, 2006. Its inaugural class of 43 students entered in fall 2009, and was the first graduating class in 2013.

On June 12, 2009, longtime FIU benefactor Herbert Wertheim, announced that he would donate $20 million to the FIU College of Medicine, to be matched by state funds for a total of $40 million. Following this, the college was renamed in his honor. Funds from the donation will go to the establishment of the Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Endowments for Medical Education and Research, as well as the Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Medical Scholarship Endowment. Half of the endowment, which will be funded over the course of three years to 2012, will be set aside to support scholarships for College of Medicine students and other students pursuing advanced degrees in other scientific fields such as engineering.

In its inaugural 2009 class, the FIU College of Medicine received 3,247 applicants; 126 were admitted, and 43 enrolled. The average undergraduate GPA was a 3.7. Students of the Class of 2014 came from Alaska, California, Florida, Maryland, and Michigan. 84% of students were from Florida, and 54% were Miamians.

FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine works in affiliation with community hospitals: Baptist Health South Florida, Broward Health, Citrus Health Network, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Florida, Jackson Health System, Memorial Health Care System (Hollywood), Mercy Hospital (Miami), Mount Sinai Medical Center & Miami Heart Institute, Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami VA Healthcare System, North Shore Medical Center, Westchester General Hospital, Palmetto General Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center. These help educate medical students and provide graduates with residency opportunities.

The Albert and Debbie Tano Simulation Center is a world-class multidisciplinary training and research facility.  The Simulation Center is part of the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.  Our mission is to develop transformative medical simulation curriculum for our students, beginning in the traditionally pre-clinical first and second years and continuing throughout all four years of medical school training.  We advance clinical skills training using a hands-on approach that emphasizes deliberate practice and mastery of competencies through simulation technology.  With a focus on producing translational research that demonstrates enhanced student performance, improves patient safety, promotes continuous quality improvement, and advances the proficient use of technology in medical training.  Additionally, we seek to enhance faculty development and continuing medical education by partnering with our community as well as our current and rapidly expanding affiliates.

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