History, Mission, and Vision

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It is the mission of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is to educate physicians and scientists of the highest caliber 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.

From its inception, FAU was envisioned as the first of a new breed of American universities that would deliberately throw off the ivy-covered trappings of the tradition-bound world of academe and invent new ways of making higher education available to those who sought it.

Under the leadership of FAU’s President Brogan, and the Medical College’s founding dean, Michael Friedland, the University and Medical College entered a decade of rapid expansion. In 2009, leadership from FAU and the Scripps Research Institute of Florida formed a partnership and agreed to offer a joint M.D./Ph.D. degree. In the Spring of 2010, the Florida Board of Governors authorized FAU to independently award the M.D., making FAU College of Medicine only the 134th independent allopathic medical school in North America. In early 2011, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine received its preliminary, and in 2015 its full, accreditation from the LCME; these achievements have been augmented by ACGME accreditation and the start of FAU College of Medicine’s first programs in Graduate medical education in 2013.


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Program in General Surgery

It is the goal of the Program in General Surgery to train broad-based, highly qualified surgical specialists who can provide highly effective, humanistic, patient-centered, evidence-based and cost-conscientious care to patients with a wide range of surgical diseases in an increasingly diverse healthcare environment.  To this end, the program offers training in all major surgical subspecialties, with a carefully-selected blend of hospitals, rotations and faculty that exposes our residents to all facets of modern-day surgery. The program emphasizes education over service with both strong community affiliation and academic background.

The Program in General Surgery strives to foster an environment of learning, collaboration and research, which enables our graduates to critically appraise the available evidence and keep abreast of advances in an ever changing landscape of surgery and medicine, years after graduating from the program. It equips our graduates with the necessary skills in business and systems management, health care finance and politics, and leadership to train academic and community surgeon leaders for the future.

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breast anatomy graphicThe Breast Surgery rotation is housed at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute and the Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care, and is under the direction of Drs. Joseph Colletta and Kathy Schilling. The rotation includes comprehensive exposure to breast diagnostic modalities, a multi-specialty approach to the care of patients with breast disease, and medical as well as ablative and reconstructive surgical therapy.


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skin layers graphicThe Burn Surgery rotation is located is located at the University of Florida’s renowned Shands Hospital Burn Center where the residents, under the leadership of Drs. Mozingo, Richards and others will be exposed to the management of complex burn and soft-tissue injuries in both pediatric and adult patients, and where they will learn how to manage critically ill burn patients in a specialized 6-bed burn ICU, and will practice a team-based multi-specialty approach to burn injury care.


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heart anatomy graphicThe residents will complete their Cardiac Surgery Rotation at the Christine E. Lynn Heart and Vascular Institute at Boca Regional Hospital, under the direction Drs. Richard Cartledge and Alexander Kulik. The Lynn Institute was named one of the Top Hospitals among Cardiovascular Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review along with some of the most well-regarded hospitals and health systems in the United States [including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Duke University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital]. With over 1200 open heart procedures, it is recognized as one of Florida’s leaders in the surgical and endovascular treatment cardiac and vascular care.


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infant graphicWhile the residents will be exposed to the surgical care of pediatric patients at several of the participating hospitals, the program also incorporates a focused Pediatric Surgery rotation at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St Mary’s Medical Center, where the residents will be exposed to a broad range of pediatric surgical diseases, from the neonate to the adolescent, and learn to perform delicate operations under the leadership of Drs. Karp and Stone.


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hospital room graphicDuring the PGY II year the surgical residents will be exposed in depth to the management of critically ill surgical patients, during a rotation in the ICU at Boca Regional Hospital. This experience supplements the exposure of the surgical residents to critically ill patients during their Trauma-, Cardiac-, Burn-, Transplant Surgery and other rotations. A unique combination of surgical, pulmonary and anesthesia-based critical care faculty will provide the surgical resident with a diverse and well-rounded approach to critical care, and related procedures.


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The Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Transplant Center is one of the leading institutes for heart, liver and kidney transplantation in South Florida. As an extension of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Florida’s center, under the Leadership of Dr. Jason Vanatta, brings more than 50 years of experience in transplantation surgeries to the region, which serves the southeastern United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The program is fully integrated with the United Network for Organ Procurement (UNOS) and has one of the fastest growing transplant programs in the region.


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vascular system graphicHoused at Boca Regional Hospital, under the leadership of Drs. Lee and Motta, the Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute is recognized as one of Florida’s leaders in the surgical and endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms and aortic dissection, and is among other leading-edge institutions using the innovative systems for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis, and the most advanced and sophisticated operating room environment available – the Hybrid OR. The surgical residents will rotate on the vascular surgery service both as junior and senior residents to assure mastery of general vascular technique, as well as more complex procedures.


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Residents complete a Trauma Surgery rotation at St. Mary’s Medical Center, a State/ACS accredited Level I trauma center that serves both adult and pediatric patient populations.  Under the leadership of experienced trauma/critical care and acute care surgeons like Dr.s Mario Rueda, Robert Borrego and Lawrence Lottenberg, residents learn to take care of complex blunt and penetrating trauma patients in their first, third and fifth year of residency.


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On the GI/Endoscopy rotation at Boca Regional Hospital, residents become familiar with the diagnosis and management of broad spectrum of alimentary tract conditions and perform endoscopic procedures [EGD, ERCP, EUS, Ano-rectoscopy, Colonoscopy] for both diagnostic and therapeutic indications.

Working with Dr. Stephen Steinberg, residents are exposed to advanced endoscopic interventional procedures for both benign and malignant conditions.


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Last Modified 6/17/22