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Mission and History


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.

Guiding Principles of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine:

We are committed to providing a medical education program, in partnership with our hospital affiliates that:

  • enables our medical students to become active, self-directed, life-long learners
  • equips our graduates to effectively treat the patients that they are most likely to encounter in their practices
  • demonstrates FAU's commitment to inclusiveness through the recruitment of a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff
  • produces physicians with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and self-awareness required to practice effective, humanistic, patient-centered, evidence-based medicine in an increasingly diverse healthcare environment
  • emphasizes the centrality of collaborative relationships in the provision of the highest quality comprehensive health care
  • fosters and values collaboration between basic and clinical science, among medical specialties, and between academic medicine and community health care professionals

We are committed to providing graduate programs in the biomedical sciences that:

  • produce scientists at the forefront of biomedical research and scholarship
  • promote collaborative, inter-disciplinary, and innovative approaches to research and inculcate our students with the ability to think creatively
  • are responsive to business and industry needs for individuals with scientific training and expertise

Last Modified 11/8/16