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Florida A&M University Aids Students’ Path to Medical School

Historically Black Florida A&M University has entered into a partnership agreement with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University to establish the FAMU/FAU Medical Scholars Program.

Under the agreement, undergraduate students accepted into the program will be offered provisional acceptance into the medical school provided they successfully complete the Medical Scholars Program curriculum. Students in the program must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and take a required Medical Scholars Program course each semester during their undergraduate years that will focus on professionalism, ethics, problem-based learning, and other topics. In addition, students in the program will be required to undertake physician-shadowing activities and community service.

smithMichael J.L. Smith, coordinator of academic programs at Florida A&M and co-coordinator of the joint FAMU/FAU program, stated, “We expect this new program to return something significant to Florida A&M University in terms of an increase in the number of our students admitted to medical school. We set high standards for the program, which are consistent with what it takes to be competitive for medical school.”

This year there are four first-year students at Florida A&M who have been accepted into the program.


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