Compliance and Support Services (CASS)

The Compliance and Support Services (CASS) unit in the Office of Student Affairs oversees the college’s pre-matriculation and follow-up of students' annual compliance requirements. The office manages the ongoing compliance process for student clearance required prior to clinical rotations. The unit manages excused absence requests and helps facilitate the process of making up missed academic activities. Additionally, in collaboration with an OSA Dean, the unit advises students regarding academic/professionalism matters, brought forth to the Medical Student Evaluation Promotions Committee (MSEPC). The office serves as a central point of contact for medical students seeking information and provide direction on a variety of resources and services available to students within HWCOM and the university at large. Advisement to students experiencing academic, professional, and/or personal difficulty is also available. Students are referred to corresponding units and services depending on the nature of their needs and circumstances.

This website provides an overview of important information specific to compliance requirements for medical student pre-matriculation and clinical rotations, and student advisement regarding a variety of resources available at HWCOM and the university at large. If you have any questions regarding these processes, please feel free to contact us at

Annual compliance requirements and monitoring guide

As part of the onboarding process, and later in years 2, 3, and 4, students are expected to meet certain requirements to maintain their enrollment status annually. Those requirements are summarized in the table below:

Matriculation and retention requirements chart



Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Student Handbook Consent
Medical History and Physical ExaminationX
Immunizations (MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Tdap, Polio, Meningitis)X
Flu VaccineXXXX
Tuberculosis screeningXXXX
Health insuranceXXXX
Disability insuranceXXXX
Level 1 and 2 criminal background check*
FDLE VECHS waiver (only at matriculation)
10-panel drug test*XXXX
N-95 respirator mask fit testXXX
BLS certificationXX
Online title IX trainingX

*Additional testing may be required by HWCOM or its clinical affiliates.
**Failure to complete and submit required compliance documents can result in a
hold being placed on the student’s registration, removal from courses and/or clinical
locations, and a professionalism report

Meet the Staff

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Tatiana Felix
Assistant Director
Compliance and Support Services
Office of Student Affairs

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Gisela Dominguez
Senior Compliance Coordinator
Compliance and Support Services
Office of Student Affairs

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Ana Sardinas
Senior Director Academic Support Services
Academic Health Center

Contact Us

FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Office of Student Services
11200 SW 8th Street, ACH2 372 - 373
Miami, FL 33199

Office Phone: 305-348-9032; 305-348-0642