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Background Checks & Drug Testing

Level I Criminal Background Check

The FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) participates in the AAMC-facilitated Criminal Background Check Service performed by Certiphi Screening, Inc. Accepted applicants will receive an email directly from the AAMC with information on how to complete. There is no additional cost to complete this screening.

Level II Criminal Background Check

In addition, HWCOM requires a level II criminal background check. The results of the level II CBC are necessary before the applicant can begin his/her first year of medical school training and prior to the third and fourth years of training. This action was instituted in the interest of patient safety and to meet the credentialing requirements of our clinical partners.

10 Panel Drug Testing

HWCOM requires a 10 panel drug screen for controlled substances plus alcohol as a prerequisite for entering medical school and prior to the third and fourth years of training. These tests screen for amphetamines, cocaine metabolites, marijuana metabolite, opiates, phencyclidine plus propoxyphene, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, methaqualone, and alcohol. This action was instituted in the interest of patient safety and to meet the credentialing requirements of our clinical partners.

Entering students should be advised that failing a criminal background check and/or a 10 panel drug screen could result in cancellation of the applicant’s acceptance to medical school, or other actions as deemed appropriate. Findings of documented felonies or worse will be grounds for cancellation of the applicant's acceptance into medical school. Findings of documented misdemeanors will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but could be grounds for cancellation of the applicant's acceptance into medical school. The cost for testing is paid for by the applicant.