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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

 


Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

This section of the 2011-2012 FAU University Catalog includes revisions approved after the catalog's publish date of March 3, 2011. Revisions appear in red.

Doctoral Programs

Master's Program

Certificate Program


Link to Course Descriptions for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine


The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is dedicated to the education of medical students, graduate students, physicians, biomedical scientists and other health professionals. Expert faculty teaches and conducts research in the biomedical sciences to provide insight into human disease with an emphasis on therapy. Diseases of aging are of particular interest because of their emerging urgency.

In spring 2011, the College was granted preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to offer an independent Medical Education Program that welcomes its charter medical school class in fall 2011. Additional graduate programs offered by the College include the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Science (with or without thesis) and the Ph.D. in Integrative Biology. A Biomedical Science Certificate is also offered. These programs are detailed below.

Faculty:
Bjorkman, D. J., Dean; Azzarolo, A. M.; Blanks, R. H.; Brennan, L.; Brew, K.; Brickman, L.; Caputi, M.; Cresanta, J.; Cunningham, D.; Drowos, J.; Eisenberg, E.; Friedland, M. L; Gelb, I. J.; Greenwald, R. A.; Guthrie, K. M.; Hennekens, C. H.; Henson, L.; Hinkley, R.; Holland, P.; Huang, X.; Iragavarapu-Charyulu, V.; Isgor, C.; Jacomino, M.; Kantorow, M.; Levitt, M.; Li, Z.; Linger, B.; Lizotte-Waniewski, M.; Louda, D. W.; Lu, M.; Luck, G.; Markowitz, S. L.; Moxham, T.; Myser, C.; Nichols, J. B.; Nouri-Shirazi, M.; Ouslander, J.; Paull, W. K.; Prentice, H. M.; Pritchett, J.; Robinson, P.; Rose, G. J.; Sarsekeyeva, M.; Schmidt-Kastner, R.; Servoss, J.; Shen, W.; Shibata, Y.; Tao, R.; Warren, D. W., Emeritus; Wei, J.; Weiner, S.; Wojcikiewicz, E.; Wood, S.; Wu, J. Y.

Doctorate of Medicine (effective fall 2011)

The College of Medicine developed an innovative curriculum for the Doctorate of Medicine that features early and continuous community-based clinical experiences and problem-based learning with emphasis on small-group and self-directed learning. The College's world-class faculty will provide a student-centered and patient-focused approach that includes clinical experiences with local physicians, health departments and hospitals, and a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Simulation Center. A key component of the innovative curriculum is early exposure to patients and the actual practice of medicine. To that end, the College has established relationships with several prominent area hospitals that will serve as sites for clerkships, hospital-based electives and residencies. For more information about the medical program, visit http://med.fau.edu.

FAU has also partnered with The Scripps Research Institute, Florida to offer a dual Doctorate of Medicine/Doctorate of Philosophy (M.D./Ph.D.) degree, with the medical degree conferred by FAU and the doctorate conferred by The Scripps Research Institute’s Kellogg School of Science and Technology. In addition, the College sponsors a combined 7-8 year B.S./M.D. program with the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College for academically talented high school students who wish to study medicine based on their knowledge of the profession and first-hand medical experiences. For admissions requirements and a description of the program see the Medical Scholars listing at www.fau.edu/divdept/honcol/admissions_med.htm. 

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Admission Requirements
Applicants for the Doctorate of Medicine degree must begin the process by completing an American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application online. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents of the United States with an alien registration receipt card in their possession at the time they complete the AMCAS application. Applicants must take the MCAT exam (and release their scores) no later than the fall preceding the year in which they hope to enroll. Applicants who have their verified AMCAS application forwarded to the College of Medicine will be offered an opportunity to complete a secondary application. Completed applications (AMCAS application, letters of recommendation, MCAT score and secondary application) are reviewed by the admissions committee, which selects those applicants who will be invited for an on-campus interview. Only applicants who complete the on-campus interview with a member of the admissions committee will be considered for admission to the College of Medicine.

Although preference is given to Florida residents, residents of any state may apply, and up to 15 percent of each entering class may come from states other than Florida. To receive consideration as a Florida resident, applicants must list Florida as their state of legal residence on their AMCAS application. The College of Medicine’s goal is to create an enriched learning environment for medical students by admitting applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. Therefore, qualified students from groups currently underrepresented in medicine—women, students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, students from rural or underserved areas and those from non-traditional educational backgrounds—are especially encouraged to apply.

Courses required for admission are:

1. English (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

2. Inorganic Chemistry with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

3. Organic Chemistry with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

4. Physics with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

5. Biology/Zoology with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

6. Mathematics (2 semesters or 3 quarters);

7. Additional science (2 semesters or 3 quarters).

Courses in the sciences and mathematics that are recommended but not required include biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics and statistics. The College of Medicine strongly encourages all applicants to broaden their education and supplement required coursework in math and science by pursuing their own individual academic interests. Applicants who major in the sciences do not have an advantage over those majoring in the social sciences or humanities.

The deadline for completing all prerequisite coursework is the end of the spring semester or quarter prior to matriculation. Since some required courses may be taken or completed after the submission of the AMCAS application, all accepted students will be required to submit final official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended in the United States and Canada to the Office of Admissions before matriculation. These transcripts will be used to confirm that the accepted applicant has satisfactorily completed all required courses and received a bachelor’s degree or qualified for the granting of the degree. Any deficiencies may be cause for revocation of the acceptance or for deferment to the next entering class.

The admissions committee utilizes a holistic review process that allows for balanced consideration of the multiple ways in which an applicant may demonstrate his or her capacity as a future medical student and physician and ability to contribute to the diversity of the College of Medicine. Among the factors considered in all admissions decisions are:

1. GPAs and MCAT scores;

2. Rigor of the educational program(s) undertaken;

3. Breadth of life experiences;

4. Ability to contribute to an enriched learning environment for all students;

5. Meaningfulness of direct patient contact experiences;

6. Research experiences;

7. Quality of letters of recommendation;

8. Interpersonal skills;

9. Personal qualities and background;

10. Source and degree of motivation to study and practice medicine.

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Degree Requirements
Prior to graduation and receipt of the Doctorate of Medicine degree from the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, students must:

1. Complete all required core courses and clerkships and the designated minimum number of elective and selective courses with satisfactory (passing level) performance.

2. Pass the USMLE Step I examination before beginning the third academic year.

3. Pass the USMLE Step II Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills examinations.

4. Pass all FAU College of Medicine Competency Assessments.

5. Earn certification for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS).

6. Receive a passing grade for their final Learning Portfolio.

7. Demonstrate consistent evidence of professionalism as assessed by the Medical Students Promotions and Professional Standards Committee (MSPPSC) per the Physicianship and Professionalism Advocacy Program (PPAP).

Students must receive the Medical Students Promotions and Professional Standards Committee’s recommendation for graduation and receipt of the Doctorate of Medicine degree, and that recommendation must be approved by the Dean of the FAU College of Medicine.

Required Courses
The following table lists required courses for the first two years of the medical program.
Year 3 and Year 4 courses will be added at a later date.

Year 1 Courses
Fundamentals of Biomedical Science 1 BMS 6031 8
Fundamentals of Biomedical Science 2 BMS 6032 6
Fundamentals of Biomedical Science 3 BMS 6033 6
Fundamentals of Medicine 1 BMS 6015 10
Neuroscience and Behavior BSC 6020 10
Gastrointestinal, Hepatology and Nutrition BMS 6634 7
Fundamentals of Medicine 2 BMS 6016 13
Year 2 Courses
Cardiovascular System BMS 6633 8
Respiratory System BMS 6642 5
Renal System BMS 6638 5
Endocrinology and Reproduction BMS 6632 5
Infection and Inflammation BMS 6305 6
Hematology and Oncology
(This course title will be changing to Synthesis and Transition)
BMS 6631 4
Fundamentals of Medicine 3 BMS 6017 21

Doctor of Philosophy

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offers a doctoral program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Integrative Biology. This is a joint program with the Department of Biological Sciences of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science in which students can pursue interests across a number of fields, including marine science, biomedical science, biotechnology and biology. For complete program details, click here.

Master of Science with Major in Biomedical Science

Students interested in pursuing advanced studies in biomedical science may obtain a degree of Master of Science (M.S.) with Major in Biomedical Science, taking either the thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option is oriented toward those students interested in pursuing biomedical research or careers in academia. The non-thesis program is an option for students seeking to solidify their knowledge base in order to apply to appropriate professional schools or pursue careers in the biomedical sciences industry.

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Admission Requirements
All program applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 credits and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) quantitative-verbal combined score of 1000. These are minimum requirements that are necessary for consideration for admission to the program. Higher scores will increase applicantsí chances for admission. Prerequisites of the masterís degree program include one year each of biology, chemistry and physics; one semester each of biochemistry and organic chemistry; and at least two upper-division biology classes. A personal statement explaining career goals is required as well as three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from former professors.

Recency of Credits
No credit that is more than seven years old at the time the M.S. in Biomedical Science degree is awarded may be counted toward the degree. (Effective spring 2012.)

Degree Requirements
Non-Thesis Option
This degree requires 30 credits, 6 of which may be taken as upper-division undergraduate courses at the 4000 level or higher. With their advisorís approval, students design a course of study from the courses offered in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine as well as courses in related departments and colleges chosen from the following list. An exit examination is required in the final semester.

Thesis Option
This option also requires a minimum of 30 credits consisting of coursework chosen from the following list, a minimum of 6 thesis credits and two graduate seminars. Students design a course of study and research with the guidance and approval of the advisors and thesis committees. Thesis students are required to make a formal research proposal to their committees within their first year prior to enrollment in thesis credits. In addition, upon completion of their research, they must make a formal thesis presentation and defense in the semester they plan to graduate.

Students wishing to change their admission from the thesis track to the non-thesis track must submit to the Graduate Program Committee a letter of request that states the justification for the change and a letter from the thesis advisor in support of the request. An interview with the Graduate Program Committee may be required. A maximum of 6 credits from the thesis-track career can be applied toward the non-thesis career upon approval by the Graduate Program Committee. PCB 6974 and PCB 6971 credits are non-transferable.

Graduate-Level Courses
Biomedical Science
(minimum of 15 credits required)
Integrated Morphology 1 BMS 6102C 4
Integrated Morphology 2 BMS 6104C 4
Autonomic Function and Diseases BMS 6523 3
Fundamentals of General Pathology
(Change effective summer 2012.)
BMS 6601 2 3
Brain Diseases: Mechanism and Therapy BMS 6736 3
Introduction to Radiation Biology BSC 6834 3
Molecular Genetics of the Cell GMS 6220 3
Macromolecules and Human Disease GMS 6301 3
Molecular Basis of Disease and Therapy GMS 6302 3
Molecular Neuropsychopharmacology GMS 6735 3
Host Defense and Inflammation MCB 6208 3
Advanced Cell Physiology PCB 6207 3
Molecular Basis of Human Cancer PCB 6235 3
Problem-Based Immunology PCB 6238 3
Tumor Immunology PCB 6239 3
RNA Biology and Diseases PCB 6525 3
Molecular Biology of the Cardiovascular System and Cardiac Disease PCB 6705 3
Reproductive Endocrinology PCB 6804 3
Adult Neurogenesis PCB 6848 3
Physiology of the Heart PCB 6885 3
Directed Independent Study PCB 6905 1-3
Special Topics PCB 6933 1-8
Graduate Seminars PCB 6934 1-2
Thesis-Related Research PCB 6974 2-3
Developmental Neurobiology PSB 6515 3
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Biology
Bioinformatics BSC 6458C 4
Advanced Virology MCB 6506 3
Advanced Immunology PCB 6236 3
Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry BCH 6740 3
Complex Systems & Brain Sciences
Cognitive Neuroscience ISC 5465 3
Psychology    
Principles of Neuroscience PSB 6037 3
Neuroscience 1 PSB 6345 3
Neuroscience 2 PSB 6346 3
Philosophy    
Special Topics (Biomedical Ethics) PHI 6930 3
Undergraduate Level Courses (6 credits may be taken)
Biology
Biology of Cancer BSC 4806 3
Medical Bacteriology MCB 4203 3
Virology MCB 4503 3
Molecular and Cell Biology PCB 4023 3
Immunology PCB 4233 3
Molecular Genetics PCB 4522 4
Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics PHI 4633 4
Psychology
Psychopharmacology PSB 4444 3

Biomedical Science Certificate


Biomedical Science is a broad and interdisciplinary field focused on understanding and improving human health. It incorporates diverse areas of specialized investigation that share this common goal, including anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology and others. The Biomedical Science Certificate is offered to provide master's and Ph.D. students an integrated background in the biomedical sciences. To achieve this, the 14-credit program is designed with flexibility. Although the program is centered on the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, faculty from other colleges and institutions contribute to the program's success, and students are welcomed from many departments, centers and colleges throughout the University.

Admission Requirements
Admission to and completion of this program is organized by the Graduate Program Office in the College of Medicine. For admission, the applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

1. Enrollment in an FAU master's or Ph.D. training program in any of the following: Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Integrative Biology and Psychology. Students must have approval of their graduate program to enroll and must remain in good standing with their graduate program to continue in this certificate.

2. Demonstrate competency in life science, mathematics and other courses related to the certificate program, such as by achieving at least a "B" in these courses.


3. Interview with the certificate director or graduate committee chair to discuss program goals and requirements and obtain permission to enroll.

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Program Requirements
The certificate curriculum provides students opportunities to survey different areas of the biomedical sciences and to focus on areas of particular interest. Program requirements are designed to be tailored to the individual student with previous coursework and future goals in mind.

1. Students must achieve a minimum grade of "B" in four of the courses below for a total of 12 credits:

Choose four courses from the list below (12 credits)
Integrated Morphology 1 BMS 6102C 4
Integrated Morphology 2 BMS 6104C 4
Autonomic Function and Diseases BMS 6523 3
Brain Diseases: Mechanism and Therapy BMS 6736 3
Introduction to Radiation Biology BSC 6834 3
Host Defense and Inflammation MCB 6208 3
Advanced Cell Physiology PCB 6207 3
Molecular Basis of Human Cancer PCB 6235 3
Problem-Based Immunology PCB 6238 3
Tumor Immunology PCB 6239 3
RNA Biology and Diseases PCB 6525 3
Molecular Biology of the Cardiovascular System and Cardiac Disease PCB 6705 3
Reproductive Endocrinology PCB 6804 3
Adult Neurogenesis PCB 6848 3
Physiology of the Heart PCB 6885 3
Special Topics (including Clinical Microbiology and Protein Misfolding
and Disease)
PCB 6933 3
Developmental Neurobiology PSB 6515 3

2. Students must take PCB 6934, Graduate Seminars (1 credit), two times and achieve a grade of satisfactory each time.

3. Students must participate in the College of Medicine Research Day each year showcasing graduate student research in the College.


No credit that is more than seven years old at the time the Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Science is awarded may be counted toward the certificate.

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Link to Course Descriptions for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine