More than 2 1/2 years after Florida International University’s medical school first began offering classes, school administrators on Tuesday announced they were opening their doors once again — this time to the public.
FIU Health, the clinical enterprise wing of the medical school, is now accepting patients at the university’s main West Miami-Dade campus, as well as other locations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
FIU is pitching its health network as a way for patients to find “highly qualified” doctors who are affiliated with the medical school. More than 1,200 local doctors are attached to the medical school — training students in both classroom and hospital settings.
Before doctors become part of FIU’s medical school faculty, their qualifications and training are vetted by university administrators. For patients, that amounts to a “Good Housekeeping seal of approval,” said Fernando Valverde, an associate dean at the medical school and CEO of FIU Health.