MIAMI — Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) hosted a tour and welcome celebration for the inaugural class of the Florida International University (FIU) College of Medicine on August 5. The FIU medical students and staff toured various MCH departments and met hospital leaders, pediatric patients, pet therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers, as well as performers from the hospital's Big Apple Circus Clown Care program.
Miami Children's Hospital, a regional leader in pediatric medical education, has an affiliation agreement with the FIU College of Medicine, South Florida's only public medical school. The college recently welcomed its first class, a group of 43 first-year medical students chosen from more than 3,000 applicants.
About Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.