The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has partnered with the Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee to establish a first-of-its-kind Medical Scholars Program between the two institutions. FAU and FAMU have signed an affiliation agreement to formally establish the program with the overall goal of attracting and enrolling outstanding high school seniors who have made an early and informed decision to ultimately pursue a doctoral degree in the field of medicine.
The primary goal of this program is to admit academically talented high school students to the MHP at FAMU, with a conditional acceptance to FAU's College of Medicine. The students will have to successfully complete the program and satisfy the requirements of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and FAU's College of Medicine.
The program is a four-year curriculum, which will focus on professionalism, ethics, problem-based learning and inter-professional (team building, communication and leadership skills) education. Students will also be required to fulfill non-classroom extracurricular requirements such as clinical education, physician shadowing, working with patients in a hospital, clinic or physician's office, and participating in health related community service. The program is designed to enable students to gain an understanding of the intellectual, emotional and physical demands incumbent upon medical students, and to train socially conscious and humane physicians.
To be eligible for the program at FAU/FAMU, applicants must have an un-weighted high school average of at least a 3.5 GPA, an SAT composite minimum score of 1800 or a minimum composite ACT score of 27 and must be in their last year of high school at the time of application. Up to 10 total FAMU students will be admitted each year. A committee jointly composed of faculty from FAU and FAMU has been established to oversee the administration and admissions of this cooperative and integrated program.