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.
    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,
   80  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   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.