Donna Klein, West Boca Med Center Team Up to Offer Student Clinical Program


High School students enrolled in Donna Klein Jewish Academy's rigorous Medical Studies Program, affiliated with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, will now have the opportunity to learn about careers in medicine through an innovative program at West Boca Medical Center. West Boca Medical Center and Donna Klein Jewish Academy, located within close proximity, have announced an affiliation to augment the program's curriculum with a new clinical component.

Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School at DKJA students enrolled in the program’s science-based curriculum will learn alongside medical professionals at the hospital as part of the clinical track. Students in the Medical Studies Program currently have the opportunity experience college-level instruction and protocols from FAU researchers, mentors and educators. The new clinical curriculum will benefit students by providing opportunities for them to engage in hands-on learning opportunities and internships at West Boca Medical Center.

“Having the opportunity to partner with Donna Klein Jewish Academy allows us to shape the future of medicine,” said Mitch Feldman, chief executive officer of West Boca Medical Center. “This program will give students a closer look into the medical profession.”

In 2010, Rosenblatt High School introduced its Pre-Med Program, which in 2016 was augmented through its affiliation with FAU. The restructured Medical Studies Program now permits DKJA High School students who are interested in the fields of medicine and science to participate in educational tours and visits to the FAU campus. The program is designed to offer students an overview of different departments within the hospital over an extended period of time, providing an opportunity to focus on their interests and exposure to specialized medical programs.

“Our affiliation with FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is a model for DKJA's future as we align with cutting-edge, local institutions who are making a mark in their field. I am incredibly thankful to the leadership at FAU, and now West Boca Medical Center, as together we envision a better and stronger future for our institutions,” said Helena Levine, Donna Klein Jewish Academy head of school. “On behalf of DKJA, we would like to extend our appreciation to Maurice Plough, whose support and partnership has made this collaboration possible.”

Cutline: Rhonda Silkin, RN, MSN, director of education at West Boca Medical Center, with Helena Levine, head of school at Donna Klein Jewish Academy.

About Donna Klein Jewish Academy

Donna Klein Jewish Academy is a K-12 Jewish Community Day School located in Boca Raton, Florida, on the Richard and Carole Siemens Jewish Campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Known for its academically challenging curriculum integrating Judaic and general studies, DKJA educates 21st century learners through its state-of-the-art Claire & Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Technology Program K-12, a commitment to multicultural education, and comprehensive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) offerings. Highlights also include an innovative new Makerspace and Film Studio, a Ceramics Studio, competitive FHSAA team sports, a string orchestra and a drama program. DKJA’s Claire & Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School features seminar-style classes, with Advance-Placement and Honors levels, a Medical Studies program affiliated with FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and West Boca Medical Center, a Legal Studies Program and a wide range of specialized electives.

DKJA serves approximately 530 students in Kindergarten through 12 grade and is the only Jewish Community Day School in the world to be recognized as a FranklinCovey LEADER IN ME LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL.

For more information, call (561) 852-3300 or e-mail or visit

About West Boca Medical Center
West Boca Medical Center is a 195-bed acute care hospital located at 21644 State Road 7 in Boca Raton, Florida. West Boca Medical Center has been serving the medical and healthcare needs of its community and surrounding areas for more than 30 years.

West Boca Medical Center offers a broad array of services, including general medical and surgical care, orthopedics and sports medicine, a robotic surgery program offering minimally invasive surgery for gynecological, urological and general surgical procedures, a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center featuring a short bore high field MRI and digital mammography, cardiac and surgical intensive care, outpatient surgery services, 24-hour emergency services for adults and children, outpatient rehabilitation services, and a specialized sleep diagnostic center with a dedicated lab for pediatrics and adults. West Boca Medical Center is a State Certified Primary Stroke Center and received the 2017 American Stroke Association/American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines- Heart Failure and Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Awards.

The hospital also offers several specialties, including women’s and children’s services. With its Birth Care Pavilion and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the hospital is equipped to treat expectant mothers and their babies from the routine to very high-risk. The Breast Center at West Boca Diagnostic Imaging offers comprehensive breast care services including prevention, early disease detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast conditions. The team at the Breast Center, which includes an on-site physician and patient navigator, focuses care on treatment techniques derived from a high caliber of diagnostic services.

West Boca Medical Center earned the Healthgrades® Labor and Delivery Excellence Award two years in a row. In addition, the hospital was the first in Florida to be Perinatal Care Certified by The Joint Commission. The hospital also earned an “A” Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group ten times in a row (2012-2016). The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission on the accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. For more information about West Boca Medical Center or for physician referral, call 866-904-WBMC (9262) or visit the website at

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