Florida Senate - 2013 (NP) SR 1786 By Senator Flores 37-02483-13 20131786__ 1 Senate Resolution 2 A resolution recognizing the Herbert Wertheim College 3 of Medicine at Florida International University. 4 5 WHEREAS, in March 2006, the State University System Board 6 of Governors approved the creation of a new medical school at 7 Florida International University in Miami and, in May 2006, the 8 Legislature approved and Governor Jeb Bush signed into law 9 legislation establishing the new medical school, and 10 WHEREAS, later that year, after considering many 11 outstanding applicants, Florida International University 12 selected John A. Rock, M.D., as the founding dean of the new 13 medical school, and 14 WHEREAS, in 2007, Dean Rock recruited a stellar team, which 15 included Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Joe Leigh 16 Simpson, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs J. 17 Patrick O’Leary, and Executive Associate Dean for Student 18 Affairs Sanford M. Markham, to develop an operational plan, 19 which was accepted by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education 20 (LCME), and 21 WHEREAS, in February 2008, the medical school won 22 preliminary accreditation, which allowed the school to recruit 23 medical students, and, on May 28, 2008, received a $10 million 24 donation from Benjamin León, Jr., and his family to establish 25 the Benjamin León Jr. Family Center for Geriatric Research and 26 Education, and 27 WHEREAS, in 2009, as the new medical school received its 28 first class of students, Herbert A. Wertheim, the founding 29 chairman of the College of Medicine and trustee emeritus of 30 Florida International University, donated $20 million to the 31 medical school, which is named in his honor, and 32 WHEREAS, in 2010, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine 33 received its second class of students, and 34 WHEREAS, Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP (Health 35 Education Learning Program), an innovative curriculum that is a 36 model for new medical schools across the nation, has been 37 recognized by the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as its 38 signature educational program because of its unwavering 39 commitment to serving the community and educating future 40 physicians to improve the health and quality of life of all 41 Floridians, and 42 WHEREAS, in Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP, 43 medical students are expertly trained in the nonbiological 44 causes of disease, ethics, cultural competency, 45 interdisciplinary teamwork, and the social determinants of 46 health which affect disease and health care outcomes of 47 individuals and communities, and 48 WHEREAS, through Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP, 49 teams of medical, nursing, social work, and law students from 50 Florida International University take responsibility for 51 individuals in medically underserved households in Miami-Dade 52 County to identify and respond to critical health and social 53 needs, and 54 WHEREAS, in 2011, the LCME assessed the progress of the 55 Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and granted it provisional 56 accreditation, after which it received its third class of 57 students, and 58 WHEREAS, in 2012, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine 59 received its fourth class of students and underwent its third 60 assessment by the LCME, and 61 WHEREAS, on February 7, 2013, the Herbert Wertheim College 62 of Medicine was awarded full accreditation by the LCME, and, on 63 April 29, 2013, will graduate its first class of physicians 64 receiving a Doctor of Medicine Degree, and 65 WHEREAS, it is projected that the Herbert Wertheim College 66 of Medicine will have a cumulative economic impact on this state 67 of about $4.3 billion in the 10-year period from 2008 to 2018, 68 and 69 WHEREAS, by 2025, the annual economic impact of the Herbert 70 Wertheim College of Medicine is projected to reach between $1.2 71 billion and $1.5 billion, and is projected to create at least 72 12,500 jobs and generate about $70 million in total tax revenue, 73 a return of $3 for every dollar invested in the program by the 74 State of Florida, and 75 WHEREAS, this economic return does not fully reflect the 76 improved quality of life of South Floridians as a direct result 77 of the efforts of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine to 78 make available quality health care, NOW, THEREFORE, 79 80 Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida: 81 82 That we recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the 83 Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International 84 University and celebrate its full accreditation by the Liaison 85 Committee on Medical Education. 86 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with 87 the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to John A. Rock, 88 M.D., Dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at 89 Florida International University, as a tangible token of the 90 sentiments of the Florida Senate.