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Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, BC-71
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-4828

Mission and History


The college's mission is to advance the health and well-being of our community by training future generations of humanistic clinicians and scientists and translating discovery to patient-centered care.

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is an integrated learning organization that fosters high-quality, humanistic, and patient-centered care. Our mission is to deliver high-touch, high-tech education to our students and residents, and to collaborate on high impact, interdisciplinary research with leading experts in the field. The College of Medicine is dedicated to integrating discovery with health care and education in order to contribute to the vitality of our immediate communities, to improve the health and well-being of people and populations, and to transform community-based health care.


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 2-year regional medical campus program.
  • In 2005, the Florida Board of Governors authorized the expansion of the regional medical campus to a 4-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.
  • In the Spring of 2010, FAU launched its own independent medical school, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, as the 134th allopathic medical school in the United States.
  • In the Fall of 2011, the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium was formed with five Palm Beach County hospitals: Bethesda Hospital East; Boca Raton Regional Hospital; and Tenet HealthCare system’s Delray Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and West Boca Medical Center.
  • FAU’s first University-sponsored residency in internal medicine commenced with the first class of 36 residents in July 2014.
  • In 2016, the college's general surgery residency program was approved for a total of 45 clinical positions and up to seven positions for a unique value-added year of scholarship and research, making this program one of the largest in the nation.
  • The college formed a Department of Surgery in 2016, which includes faculty in general surgery and its various subspecialties, as well as orthopedics, neurosurgery, urology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, among others.
  • FAU’s emergency medicine residency program was approved in 2016 for a total of 18 positions, with the first class of six residents who matched in 2017. Resident rotations in the program include emergency medicine, trauma, medical ICU, surgical ICU, pediatric ICU, and anesthesia.
  • In May 2017, FAU was approved for a 4-year psychiatry residency program that welcomed its first class on July 1, 2018.
  • In January 2018, FAU was approved for a 4-year neurology residency program that welcomed its first class on July 1, 2018.
  • In February 2018, FAU was approved for a 3-year cardiology fellowship program that welcomed its first class on July 1, 2018.


As an integrated learning-organization, our values encompass collaboration, innovation, respect, compassion, lifelong learning and engagement. Through collaboration, we share knowledge and build trust and consensus. Through innovation, we embrace creativity and flexibility. By respecting one another, we strive to acknowledge and express our appreciation for the unique and diverse contributions of others. Through compassion, we empathize with our patients, students, and peers. Through lifelong learning, we value intellectual curiosity and the drive toward continuous knowledge acquisition and human development. Through engagement, we foster teamwork within our organization and within our community.

Last Modified 7/16/22