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Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University

Medical School

Mailing Address
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199
(305) 348-0570
Email address
School Information
"Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, (HWCOM) at FIU is a community-based, twenty-first-century medical school located in Miami, Florida, with an innovative medical education curriculum. Our college was established in 2006, enrolled its first medical students in 2009, and was granted full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in 2013. By working collaboratively to respond to the health needs of patients and communities, our college is preparing students to become socially accountable physicians, scientists, and health professionals who can serve the South Florida community." (Source:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The goals of the school's Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Community Initiatives are to "[e]nhance the diversity of the faculty, staff, and student body, [c]reate and evaluate diversity initiatives, [d]evelop educational and training sessions for faculty, staff, and students to ensure cultural competence, and [e]ngage the community to increase diversity in the health care profession."
  • One of the Diversity Advisory Council's subcommittees is named "Attraction and Recruitment," with an express goal of meeting "recruiting goals for underrepresented minorities."
  • The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University has the Albert E. Dotson Sr. Premedical Program, which is a pipeline program that seeks to “increase the number of underrepresented applicants gaining entrance to medical school.”
  • The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has a pipeline program, Doctors of Tomorrow, which is “an intensive 6-day residential academic premedical summer enrichment program” that aims to “increase the number of disadvantaged and underrepresented applicants gaining entrance to medical school.”
  • The college's 2022-2023 Medical Student Handbook states that its "diversity and inclusion efforts aim to increase representation of racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession among HWCOM students, faculty, and staff."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • As a part of a Diversity Leadership Series, the school held a Zoom event entitled "Race and Medicine."
  • The "Inclusion and Retention" subcommittee of the Diversity Advisory Council organizes "Diversity and inclusion workshops for faculty, staff, and students."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • One of the Diversity Advisory Council's subcommittees is named "Messaging and Metrics," which includes evaluating "curriculum for opportunities to integrate relevant information to cultivate culturally competent physicians."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • FIU’s HWCOM has a White Coats for Black Lives chapter which states that it “stands in solidarity with the national organization with an aim to eliminate racial bias in the practice of medicine and recognize racism as a threat to the health and well-being of people of color.” Furthermore, the chapter will “prepare future physicians to become advocates for racial justice to end racial discrimination in health care” and “create a dialogue and space for students to engage in discussion and activism focused on social and racial justice in medicine both at HWCOM and the medical community at large.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The college's Scholarships for Students Underrepresented in the Medical Field "will support minorities underrepresented in medicine. HWCOM is "committed to recruiting students of all backgrounds who reflect the diversity of the patients they will serve." (The application deadline for this program was on February 12, 2023.)
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has a Twitter handle devoted to diversity, for the express goal of "[f]ostering a broad & diverse community of faculty, staff, and students."
  • The school's mission states that the school is "enhanced by diversity" and holds "Inclusion" as one of its five values that drive them.
  • In 2021, HWCOM was one of many FIU departments presenting a screening of a film titled "When Liberty Burns" in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of George Flloyd's death: "Remembering Arthur L. McDuffie, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Daunte Wright and countless others. #saytheirnames." The film depicts fallout from race riots during the Jim Crow era.
  • The Diversity Advisory Council, also known as the Diversity Inclusion Taskforce, was created in 2011 to "to foster and promote diversity initiatives and programs throughout HWCOM." The Council's subcommittees include Messaging and Metrics, Attraction and Recruitment, Inclusion and Retention, and Community Partnerships.
  • The website "Admission Sight" named HWCM at FIU one of the top ten most diverse medical schools in the United States and states that the college's goal is to "build an intellectually vibrant climate that sustains the inclusiveness and engagement of the growing diverse community."
  • The college's homepage states that it was rated the number two "Most Diverse Medical School Nationwide, U.S. News & World Report, 2023."
Symbolic Actions
  • FIU Wertheim Dean Juan Cendan stated in a public-facing website letter that the school is "enhancing [its] efforts in scholarship and innovation within a framework of diversity and inclusion."
  • The College of Medicine conducts a bi-annual climate survey which “provides data to the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Community Initiatives, allowing the office to develop a strategic plan for diversity at the institution.”
  • The school has a Diversity Student Liaison Program which “is designed to create opportunities and programs for medical students to engage in activities to advance diversity and inclusion at HWCOM” and “endorse medical students who hold a passion to promote the understanding and respect of diversity initiatives not just in healthcare, but in the fundamentals of medical education.” One of the responsibilities of members is to “attend and help facilitate a variety of diversity and inclusion programs and events, including Current Conversations, Diversity in Medicine, White Coats 4 Black Lives, and Awareness/Cultural Heritage programming events.”
Last updated August 11th, 2023
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