FAU, Broward Health to Partner on Academic Medicine

FAU, Broward Health, Partnership, Collaboration, Academic Medicine

Florida Atlantic University and Broward Health announced Monday a partnership agreement that will bring academic medicine to Broward State and opportunities to collaborate in the areas of education, clinical training and practice, health care administration and research.

Broward Health President and CEO Shane Strum announced the groundbreaking partnership in his State of the System address recognizing the system’s 85.th anniversary.

As part of the collaboration, FAU and Broward Health plan to explore opportunities for joint research and scholarship at the student and faculty level, community engagement, fundraising opportunities and the integration of academic medicine, the first in the system’s safety net hospital setting. The Institute of Medicine defines safe net practices as “providers who arrange and deliver a significant level of health care and other necessary services to uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable patients.”

“Florida Atlantic University and Broward Health share a common vision and purpose to provide high-quality and compassionate medical care, stellar education and life-saving research close to home,” said Brad Levine, chair of the FAU Board of Trustees. “This collaboration makes Broward County part of a vital network that connects us with an able partner to care for our community.”

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Health sciences students enrolled at FAU have access to Broward Health’s physicians and clinical facilities thanks to this agreement.

“We welcome opportunities for collaboration to expand our healthcare network, provide life-saving medical services and, importantly, train the next generation of physicians who will serve our communities with compassion, integrity and highly skilled care,” Strum said. “As the first chartered teaching hospital in Broward County, partnerships like these ensure we continue to build the skilled medical workforce our region needs while meeting the health care needs of our communities today.”

Founded in 1938, Broward Health is one of the 10 largest public health care systems in the United States. A nationally recognized health system in South Florida, Broward Health has two trauma centers and every health specialty, offering compassionate, personalized care across four hospitals and more than 50 health centers and physician practices. As a leader in advanced health care for more than 85 years, Broward Health has a strong graduate education program and international services.

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“FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine is a medical school of the community and for the community,” said FAU Schmidt College of Medicine Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs MD, Ph.D. Julie Pilitzis said. “We are very excited to join our partners at Broward Health in putting academic medicine at the forefront of our community. Emphasizing teamwork and collaboration, together with our partners, we address the needs of our community and develop our workforce in health-related fields.

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Schmidt College of Medicine has been independent since 2011 and prides itself on training physicians for the community. Together with the FAU Health Network – including all 10 of FAU’s colleges – the School of Medicine works to ensure tomorrow’s workforce and cutting-edge technology and innovation.

FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine has already made valuable contributions to the medical workforce, dynamically influencing and diversifying the care of its communities. An average of 50 percent of medical residents and fellows who graduate from medical school remain in practice in Florida.

By 2035, Florida is expected to have a shortage of nearly 18,000 physicians. Only 13.1 percent of Florida’s physicians are 39 or younger, and 38.4 percent are 60 or older. Thus, the workforce shortage will be exacerbated by a high retirement rate and a low influx rate of new physicians.



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