Florida Atlantic, Broward Health partner on academic medical research

by | Jan 26, 2023



  • Florida Atlantic University and Broward Health announced a new partnership this week that will engage the two entities in joint academic research. 
  • FAU and Broward Health will also jointly conduct fundraising campaigns. 
  • As part of the agreement, FAU students in health science degree tracks will have access to physicians and clinical facilities at Broward Health. 
  • The move marks the latest expansion to the university’s rapidly-growing FAU Health network.

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Broward Health announced a partnership agreement this week to facilitate academic medicine initiatives including clinical training, health services, and research.

The two entities state they will use the partnership to collaborate on student and faculty research and fundraising opportunities. Further, FAU students taking health science courses will have access to physicians and clinical facilities within Broward Health as part of the agreement.

“Florida Atlantic University and Broward Health share a common vision and purpose of providing high-quality and compassionate medical care, stellar education, and lifesaving research close to home,” said FAU Board of Trustees Chairman Brad Levine. “This collaboration makes us part of a vital network in Broward County that connects us with a partner that will enable us to care for our community.”

The partnership with Broward Health joins a growing list of medical centers affiliated with FAU. Last June, the university’s Health system added seven new partners, expanding its reach to Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties.

The university’s partners include Baptist Health South Florida (including Bethesda Hospital and Boca Raton Regional Hospital), Caridad Center, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Jupiter Medical Center, Tenet Healthcare, West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System, and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

FAU Health was formed last year in order to serve as an academic health network to introduce an increase in resident training programs to the South Florida region.

Moreover, FAU’s colleges of medicine and science in October announced an expansion in conjunction with the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) to offer a neuroscience degree program that concurrently grants students a medical and doctoral degree.

The dual-degree program will operate as an accelerated program between FAU and MPFI and is anticipated to begin this year with the first graduations taking place in the spring of 2030, according to the university.

The program can also serve as a recruiting tool for FAU, as it has the only public medical school in the south Florida region. Given the area’s struggle to meet healthcare needs as a result of the ongoing health worker shortage, the program can help meet the growing patient-care needs as well as improve on preexisting research infrastructure.

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