MIAMI – The second class of medical students to be accepted into Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine will reflect the diversity of South Florida, ensuring that the next generation of physicians understands the needs and challenges that face the region.
The 43 students that make up the Class of 2014 come from Florida, California, Michigan, Maryland and Alaska. Floridians make up 84 percent of the entering students and 54 percent of the class is from South Florida. They have an average GPA of 3.7 and attended colleges across the country, including the University of Florida, Georgetown University, Princeton University and FIU.
“These extraordinary students will set high standards for other students throughout the medical profession and will one day serve as an example of the new kind of doctor our community needs – socially aware and responsive physicians able to practice medicine in a compassionate and comprehensive manner,” said College of Medicine Founding Dean Dr. John A. Rock.
The College of Medicine received 3606 applications this year, about 300 more than last year, from which a class was selected:
- 40 percent are Hispanic
- 35 percent are White
- 12 percent are African American
- 12 percent are Asian
- One student comes to us from as far as Alaska
The class will begin orientation on August 2nd and attend the White Coat Ceremony, a tradition through which medical students formally begin their journey toward becoming physicians, on August 6th.
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