FIU doctors now taking patients
Apr 11, 2012 (The Miami Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
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.
"The FIU Health model is really a gateway to the best healthcare the market has to offer, in different hospital systems," Valverde said.
FIU's healthcare network includes specialists and providers at a variety of local hospitals, including Baptist Health South Florida, Broward Health, and Miami Children's Hospital. As such, the network functions differently than the University of Miami's healthcare system, which steers patients into UM's own hospital.
As a new medical school, FIU doesn't have its own hospital.
"We're not interested in competing with our clinical affiliates, we're interested in partnering with them," Valverde said.
To make an appointment with an FIU Health doctor, call 305-348-3627.
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