August 2, 2011 05:14 PM
It’s a big week for South Florida’s medical schools.
The first 64 students at Florida Atlantic University’s medical school will don their white coats at 4 p.m. Friday for the White Coat Ceremony, a time-honored tradition among medical students.
And the University of Miami School of Medicine announced Tuesday it’s partnering with JFK Medical Center in Atlantic for the first surgical residency program in Palm Beach County. The residents will also rotate through Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for such specialties as trauma, pediatric surgery, transplant and liver surgery.
The two universities used to work together through a partnership where students received a UM medical degree on FAU’s campus. But FAU ended that arrangement early last year when it chose to form its own program, deciding it would be more lucrative and could provide more jobs for the region.
UM wanted to keep the momentum it had in Palm Beach County, so it decided to offer a new joint MD and master of public health, where students spend the last two years in Palm Beach County, as well as expand residency opportunities.
We’ll have more coverage of these new initiatives in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.
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