FAU Internal Medicine residents and faculty in the FAU Owls Football Stadium

Why Internal Medicine Residency at FAU?

Picking a residency program is a challenging task. You want to know if you'll like the area, the program, the people. You want to know what the program is like on a day-to-day basis (not just on the fancy interview day). You want to know what life is like outside of work because you will have days off! Well, we asked the residents on our recruitment committee "Why should someone come to FAU for residency? What is so great about South Florida?" Here are their responses.

Best of Everything

  • Perfectly-sized program (not too large, not too small) with residents from varying geographical locations, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, and more
  • Culture is non-malignant, inviting, and fun
  • Interns feel there is a safe learning curve – limited number of patients in the beginning of the year

Focus on Academics

  • We are part of a University system and work at hospitals that are associated with large healthcare systems including Baptist Health South Florida and Tenet, allowing access to the resources that come along with each of them
  • Academic-minded with a culture of teaching, from faculty members down to the interns teaching medical students
  • Faculty provide lots of feedback

Responsive Administration

  • Administration uses resources to benefit residents. (ex: Keurig machines, iPhones for the residents, MKSAP & other study resources, healthy snacks and beverages)
  • Administration is receptive to resident ideas regarding changes to policy
  • Dr. Ferris provides a weekly update keeping all residents up to date with latest news regarding the program

Great Schedule

  • 4 + 1 schedule prevents burnout and provides golden weekend every 5th week
  • No 24-hr call on any rotations
  • At least 1 day off in 7 for all rotations

Career Mentorship

  • Lots of guidance/mentorship provided towards attaining professional goals
  • FAU Fellowships in Cardiovascular Diseases, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
  • Great match rates into competitive fellowships
  • Semi-Annual performance reviews are completed by PD/APD.


  • Clinical faculty is highly trained
  • 1-on-1 time with specialists during elective rotations gives great insight into each specialty, makes it easy to build rapport and get LORs

Competitive Benefits

  • Free parking
  • $15 daily food allowance

Board Prep

  • MKSAP provided for all trainees in PGY3 year
  • Dedicated ABIM prep sessions in late Spring for PGY3s
  • $1200 education stipend yearly for educational materials

Excellent Graduate Placement

  • Residents find excellent internal medicine jobs across the country
  • FAU has an outstanding record of placement in excellent fellowships


  • 15-minute (or less) door-to-beach time
  • Florida weather = 365 days of summer
  • Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach are fun, safe locations to live and offer a wide variety of activities, food, music, and more!
  • Only a short drive to Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale
  • Easy day trip to Orlando, Key West, Tampa
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