On Monday, December 10, 2007 Florida International University College of Medicine (FIU) signed an affiliation agreement with Nicklaus Children's Hospital (NCH). The affiliation agreement between NCH and FIU adds an undergraduate dimension to the already existing NCH educational programs. NCH will be the site for training of FIU Medical Students in Pediatrics. NCH and FIU are in the process of recruiting a Chairman for the Department of Pediatrics. The FIU department of Pediatrics will be based at NCH.
The FIU College of Medicine was approved in 2006 by the Florida Board of Governors and the Florida Legislature. The inaugural class of medical students began their studies on August 3, 2009 following accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).