Establishing a regional medical campus in southeast Florida: Successes and challenges

Linda Z. Rackleff, Mark T. O'Connell, Dwight W. Warren, Michael L. Friedland

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In August 2007, the first class of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UM) medical students will begin the four-year undergraduate medical education program at the regional medical campus at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) The authors describe how UM and FAU were able to make a successful case to state policymakers for a regional medical campus as a cost-effective approach to expanding undergraduate and graduate medical education opportunities in southeast Florida The authors discuss what motivated UM and FAU to partner to create a regional medical campus, and they describe the challenges that have been encountered since 2004, particularly those relating to delivering a comparable two-year program on two campuses using distance-learning technologies. The opportunities that have resulted from expansion of the regional campus from two to four years are also described, including the development of a new and innovative four-year curriculum emphasizing comprehensive chronic disease management and case-based and patient-centered education using collaborative, small-group student learning communities. UM medical students thus have a choice between two educational tracks. The authors conclude that no significant impediments have resulted from the Florida collaboration between a public and a private university and that the regional medical campus model can serve as a viable option for other states and institutions attempting to expand medical school enrollment and meet physician workforce needs in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-389
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume82
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Establishing a regional medical campus in southeast Florida : Successes and challenges. / Rackleff, Linda Z.; O'Connell, Mark T.; Warren, Dwight W.; Friedland, Michael L.

In: Academic Medicine, Vol. 82, No. 4, 01.04.2007, p. 383-389.

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Rackleff, Linda Z. ; O'Connell, Mark T. ; Warren, Dwight W. ; Friedland, Michael L. / Establishing a regional medical campus in southeast Florida : Successes and challenges. In: Academic Medicine. 2007 ; Vol. 82, No. 4. pp. 383-389.
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