FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Office of Admissions | FSU College of Medicine 1115 West Call Street | Tallahassee, FL 32306 Phone: (850) 644-7904 | Fax: (850) 645-2846 MedAdmissions@med.fsu.edu
As a community-based medical school, the Florida State University College of Medicine provides third- and fourth-year clinical training at regional medical school campuses around the state through affiliations with local physicians, ambulatory care facilities and hospitals. At the regional medical school campuses, clerkship directors from the area direct rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry, geriatrics and emergency medicine. Additional community physicians serve as clerkship faculty in these and other clinical areas.
MARIANNA RURAL PROGRAM
Regional Campuses: 1. Daytona Beach 2. Fort Pierce 3. Orlando 4. Pensacola 5. Sarasota 6. Tallahassee Rural Training Sites: 7. Immokalee 8. Marianna
Clinical Training Site: 9. Thomasville, Ga.
In keeping with our mission, the Rural Medical Education Program provides students the opportunity to receive thirdyear clinical training in the rural community of Marianna – about an hour’s drive west of Tallahassee. The educational objectives and grading policies for the clerkships and electives in the Rural Medical Education Program are the same as those for students at the college’s regional campuses. The family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, general surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology clerkships are offered in Marianna, where the training sites include Jackson Hospital and a number of physician practices.
IMMOKALEE HEALTH EDUCATION SITE In 2007, the medical school entered into an agreement with Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida to provide medical education opportunities and health-care services for the rural and underserved population in Immokalee. There are now multiple options for medical students to complete portions of their required and elective medical education program in Immokalee.
CLINICAL LEARNING CENTER Students practice interview, physical exam and communication skills and develop clinical reasoning under the direct guidance of clinical faculty in the Clinical Learning Center – a state-of-the-art facility that accurately simulates the clinic environment. Standardized patients immerse students in realistic scenarios and patient interactions that integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Doctoring and basic science courses. High-tech adult and infant “manikins” can simulate a variety of conditions, from wheezing to cardiac arrest, enabling students to learn how to react to the unexpected in a no-risk environment. The design of the center also provides a realistic setting for medical students to learn how to interact with other members of the health-care team. Recordings of each student performance are available for self-assessment and review with clinical mentors. Each encounter provides opportunities for both formative and summative assessment of curriculum competencies in a clinical context.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Allopathic Integrative Medicine (AIM) Association of Latino Medical Student (ALMS) American Medical Association / Florida Medical Association American Medical Student Association (AMSA) American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Biomedical Science Graduate Student Association Business and Medicine (BAM) Christian Medical Association (CMA) Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Family Medicine Scholars Florida Rural Health Association (FRHA) - Medical Student Chapter FSUCares Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG) Gays, Lesbians, and Allies Advancing Medicine (GLAAM)
Health and Law Organization (HALO) Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) Medical Student Council (MSC) Military Medicine Interest Group (MMIG) Multicultural Association of Pre-Med Students (MAPS) Nutrition, Exercise, and Wellness Organization (NEW) Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PSIG) Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG) Students Interested in Global Health (SIGH) Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Surgery and Anesthesiology Interest Group (SAIG)
“At the Florida State University College of Medicine, we are interested in producing physicians and scientists who are caring practitioners of both the art and science of medicine. That process starts with choosing the right students – people who will work well with their patients and the entire health-care team.” Dean John P. Fogarty, M.D.
STUDENT LEARNING COMMUNITIES The FSU College of Medicine strives to foster a student-centered environment. One of the most evident ways in which this goal is accomplished is through student learning communities. The model for the learning community emerged rather informally during the years of the Program in Medical Sciences (PIMS). Before, after and between classes students could be found congregating in the “lounge” area, which was located central to faculty, staff and PIMS offices. This space was available to the students 24 hours a day and served as the setting for group as well as individual study. Faculty, staff and students were able to foster relationships with each other, and a culture of teamwork and cooperation emerged. The new College of Medicine incorporated the concept of the learning community into the medical school’s culture. The learning community fosters an environment of cooperation and active student learning in an integrated curriculum model adopted by the College of Medicine. Medical students have 24-hour access to learning communities, which include: • Group study rooms • Kitchen • Lounge area • Restrooms • Shower facilities • Student lockers • IT and A-V equipment • Printer/copy machine • Core collection library • Additional resources, information and announcements The student learning communities are not just architectural spaces. Rather, they are physical evidence of our student-centered culture. They encourage a sense of community and group learning, eliminating the atmosphere of competition that traditionally has existed among medical students.
CURRICULUM Our faculty and students have collaborated to create a competency-based curriculum that provides the foundation for developing well-prepared and compassionate physicians. Our Vision: To develop exemplary physicians who are prepared to care for a diverse patient population in any setting. Our Framework: The central focus is the human being, and the goal is to help students develop an ability to think as physicians. Students acquire knowledge and skills by approaching and understanding the patient from a variety of perspectives. This includes evaluating physical and behavioral status along with recognizing how a patient’s socioeconomic standing affects his or her interaction with the health-care system. Highlights: • Specific activities focused on professional behavior and identity formation begin in the first week (Values and Virtues). • Early clinical experiences (starting in Week 1) include both encounters with simulated patients and community visits. • Lecture time is minimal. Guided discovery activities develop the learning habits of successful physicians and facilitate individualized attention to learning needs. • Students have six weeks of protected time to study for USMLE Step 1. • Pre-clerkship “boot camp” prepares students for their clinical rotations. • All students must have a passing score on Step 1 and pass a “high stakes” OSCE before moving to a regional campus and beginning clerkships.