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Florida International University (Wertheim)

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."
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."
  • 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.
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."
Last updated November 20th, 2022
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