FAU, Local Academy Affiliate for Medical Studies Program
Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has entered into an agreement with the Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA) to permit DKJA high school students who are interested in the fields of medicine and science to participate in educational tours and visits to the University campus.
The DKJA Medical Studies Program, which began in August, is offered to students enrolled in a science-based curriculum at DKJA’s Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School. The affiliation with FAU’s College of Medicine will allow these students the opportunity to visit with medical school faculty, researchers and students during the school year.
“FAU is committed to providing opportunities for young people in our area to become exposed to the healthcare professions,” said Arthur J. Ross, III, M.D., M.B.A., interim dean and professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. “We see this investment of our time as paying future dividends in terms of inspiring and retaining the next generation of healthcare providers for Palm Beach and Broward counties.”
Participants in the DKJA Medical Studies Program will be able to visit research laboratories, spend an afternoon in a clinical simulation laboratory, listen to a lecture on medical ethics, meet with an admissions officer and talk to current students about their experience in medical school. They are encouraged to pursue internships in the medical field and conduct independent research in the fields of medicine and science under the guidance of a DKJA faculty mentor.
To successfully complete the program, DKJA students also must take biology, chemistry, physics and an additional science course during their academic career at Rosenblatt High School. They also are required to participate in the school’s Pre-Med Club for at least two years. Those who meet the requirements of the program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and Academic Excellence in the Medical Studies Program.
“This new affiliation will greatly enhance programming at Rosenblatt High School,” said Helena Levine, head of school at DKJA. “After completing the Medical Studies Program, our students will have a great advantage and be better prepared as they embark on their post-secondary education.”