The Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, South Florida’s only public medical school, celebrated its 10th anniversary with a ‘Sapphire Gala’ at the InterContinental Miami. Hundreds of members of Miami’s philanthropic, academic, medical, and business communities gathered for an exclusive black-tie evening featuring a luxury silent auction, dinner, music, dancing, and awards presentation. All gala proceeds will support scholarships, medical education and training programs at the college.
John A. Rock, MD, founding dean and senior vice president for health affairs, was honored along with others noted for helping establish the college. Eric J. Topol, MD, a noted cardiologist, geneticist, and digital medicine researcher, was presented with the Dr. Herbert Wertheim Global Medical Leadership Award. The evening also included a drawing for a 2016 Red Stingray Corvette, generously donated by Felix Sabates Chevrolet Cadillac. Corvette drawing proceeds will support medical student scholarships.
“We look forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary with the visionary leaders whose generous support is enabling the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine to achieve our mission of transforming the future of public health and educational opportunity,” Dr. Rock said. “Our medical school is distinguished for providing a new level of quality, affordable medical education with an innovative curriculum that creates physicians who are culturally sensitive to the unique needs of South Florida’s diverse demographics. We are increasing access to much-needed quality medical care for medically under-served populations while having a statewide economic impact that will eventually surpass $1 billion per year.”