FAU, Broward Health to partner on academic medicine


Florida Atlantic University and Broward Health announced a partnership agreement Monday that will provide Broward County with academic medicine and opportunities to collaborate in education, clinical training and practice, health services administration and research.
The groundbreaking partnership was announced by Shane Strum, president and CEO of Broward Health, during his State of the System address, recognizing the system’s 85th 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 integration of academic medicine, first within the framework of the system’s safety net hospital. Safety net practices are defined by the Institute of Medicine as “those providers who organize 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, excellent education and life-saving research close to home,” said Brad Levine, chairman of the FAU Board of Trustees. “This collaboration makes us part of an important network in Broward County that connects us with a partner that will enable us to care for our community.”
Health sciences students enrolled at FAU will have access to physicians and clinical facilities within Broward Health thanks to this agreement.
“We welcome opportunities to collaborate to expand our healthcare network, provide life-saving medical services, and most importantly, train the next generation of physicians who will serve our community with compassion, integrity and highly skilled care,” said Strum. “As the first statutory teaching hospital in Broward County, partnerships like this ensure we continue to build the skilled medical workforce our region needs while meeting the healthcare needs of our communities today.”
Founded in 1938, Broward Health is one of the 10 largest public health systems in the United States. A nationally recognized health system in South Florida, Broward Health boasts two trauma centers and virtually every healthcare specialty offering compassionate, personalized care across its four hospitals and more than 50 health centers and physician practices. A leader in advanced healthcare for more than 85 years, Broward Health has a robust graduate program and international services.
“FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine is a medical school of the community and for the community,” said Julie Pilitsis, MD, Ph.D., dean and vice president for medical affairs, FAU Schmidt College of Medicine. “We are very excited to join with our partners at Broward Health to put academic medicine at the forefront of our community. With an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, we will work with our partners to meet the needs of our community and improve our health-related workforce areas.”
Schmidt College of Medicine has been independent since 2011 and prides itself on educating physicians for the community. The medical school works together with the FAU Health Network – including all 10 colleges at FAU – to secure tomorrow’s workforce and pioneering technology and innovation.
FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine has already made valuable contributions to the physician workforce that have dynamically impacted and diversified the care of its local community. An average of 50 percent of the medical school’s graduating medical residents and fellows remain to practice in Florida.
Florida is projected to lack nearly 18,000 physicians by the year 2035. Only 13.1 percent of Florida physicians are 39 years old or younger, while 38.4 percent are 60 and older. Thus, the workforce shortage is likely to be exacerbated by a high retirement rate and low number of new physicians.

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FAU, Broward Health to partner on academic medicine

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