Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

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Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
DeanJulie G. Pilitsis[1]
Academic staff
StudentsMedicine: 256
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The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is the medical school of Florida Atlantic University located in Boca Raton, Florida. The college offers the degrees of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and a master's in biomedical science.[2]

In the Spring of 2010, FAU launched its own independent medical school, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, as the 134th medical school in the United States. The inaugural class was welcomed in August 2011. In 2015, The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine earned full accreditation from the LCME for its MD degree.[3] Accreditation signifies that national standards for function, structure, and performance are met by the medical school's education program.

In the fall of 2011, the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium was formed with five Palm Beach County hospitals: Bethesda Hospital East; Boca Raton Regional Hospital; and Tenet HealthCare system’s Delray Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and West Boca Medical Center.

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine opened up FAU’s first University-sponsored residency in internal medicine, and commenced with the first class of 36 residents in July 2014. In November 2021, the school announced that neurosurgeon Julie G. Pilitsis would serve as dean effective February 2022.

In 2016, the college's general surgery residency program was approved for a total of 45 clinical positions and up to seven positions for a unique value-added year of scholarship and research, making this program one of the largest in the nation. The college formed a Department of Surgery in 2016, which includes faculty in general surgery and its various sub-specialties, as well as orthopedics, neurosurgery, urology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, among others.

FAU’s emergency medicine residency program was approved in 2016 for a total of 18 positions, with the first class of six residents who matched in 2017. Resident rotations in the program include emergency medicine, trauma, medical ICU, surgical ICU, pediatric ICU, and anesthesia.

Since 2017, FAU was approved for a 4-year psychiatry residency program, a 4-year neurology residency program, and a 3-year cardiology fellowship program. All programs welcomed their first classes on July 1, 2018.

University Sponsored Residency and Fellowship Programs
Residencies Fellowships
Internal Medicine Cardiology
Surgery Geriatrics
Emergency Medicine Hospice
Neurology Vascular Surgery

The college also hosts multiple graduate degree programs, including thesis and non-thesis MS programs in Biomedical Science, a PhD track in Integrated Biomedical Science, and an MD/PhD program with The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida. There is also a newly established MD/MBA program with the FAU College of Business which lets you complete your MD and MBA in 4 years.


  1. ^ "FAU Names New Dean of The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine".
  2. ^ "FAU announces changes to two college names" (Press release). Florida Atlantic University: University Communications and Marketing. 2010-07-21. Archived from the original on 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  3. ^ "FAU - Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Achieves Full Accreditation". Retrieved 2016-02-24.

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