Department of Women's and Children's Health

Message from the Chair

It is a privilege to serve as the founding Chair for the Department of Women's and Children's Health at the Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. We are a department of compassionate and energetic educators, clinicians, researchers and scholars who collectively serve as advocates for advancing the health and wellbeing of women and children in our region and across the nation. As a community-based medical school, we partner with hospitals and clinics to implement our medical curricula and are committed to promoting academic and evidence-based clinical excellence through education, research, community collaborations and clinical care.

I encourage you to learn more about our department and our programs on this website. We are passionate about improving maternal, child, youth and family health and training the clinical and academic leaders of tomorrow. Join us!


To empower educators, researchers and clinicians to improve the health of women, infants, children, adolescents and their families locally and nationally.


To advance women's and children's health by collaborating, innovating, and promoting evidence-based and patient-centered education, practice, research, advocacy while fostering the personal and professional development of its members and future generations of clinicians and scientists.

Our Goals

Departmental Engagement and Belonging
We will ensure a welcoming, inclusive culture that fosters a diverse and equitable environment.

Professional Development
We will advocate for the continued professional growth of all our members and promote networking and development opportunities to ensure success.

Educational Excellence
We will provide exemplary educational resources, opportunities, and mentorship to advance the development of our learners through our roles as educational leaders, administrators, teachers, mentors, advisors, and coaches.

We will advance our patients' health and our students' learning through research and scholarly activity.

We will work with our College, University, and Community to lead, influence, promote and guide inclusive pediatric, obstetric and gynecologic care and training for all.

Headshot of Sarah K. Wood, M.D., FAAP Sarah K. Wood, M.D., FAAP
Interim Chair, Department of Women's and Children's Health
Vice Dean for Medical Education
Professor of Pediatrics

Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offers students a variety of educational programs and degrees.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, BC-71
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-4828