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Our Mission

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Educational Program

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Departmental Structure

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Division of Health Affairs

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Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library

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Clinical Learning Center

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Clinical Simulation

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Regional Campuses

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Rural Training

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Advanced Educational Technology

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Student Learning Communities

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Research

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Graduate Study

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Outreach Programs

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Honors Program

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Graduate Success

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Residency Programs

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Scholarship Opportunities

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Admissions

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C O L L E G E O F M E D I C I N E , we’re interested in producing doctors 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. After carefully selecting our students, we immerse them in a culture that embodies the characteristics we expect to see in our graduates. Throughout their education, FSU medical students learn in an environment that values diversity, mutual respect, teamwork and open communication. They also actively participate in an innovative curriculum that prepares them to become lifelong learners in an era of explosive growth in medical knowledge and information technology.


W E ’ R E O N A M I S S I O N The mission of the Florida State University

College of Medicine is to educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority and underserved populations.

“The medical faculty at FSU understands whole history — the social aspects, spiritual aspects t o g e t h e r t o m a k e t h e p a t i e n t b e t t e r . T h at’s


EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

The FSU College of Medicine focuses on educating outstanding physicians for practice in community settings.

Students benefit from a well-structured continuum of education in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences. Subjects such as anatomy and pathology are presented in a clinically relevant context using medical centers and the surrounding rural areas, the clinical

Problem-based and small-group learning experiences

training program extends into hospitals, skilled nursing

help students develop their clinical acumen and learn

facilities, managed care organizations, private clinics and

to work as a team.

other outpatient settings.

Community-based clinical education spans the four-

The curriculum is comprehensive, preparing students for

year curriculum. During the first two years, students’

any medical specialty and setting. Course content reflects

clinical education takes place in physician practices in

the college’s mission, with special attention given to

the Tallahassee area, as well as in the medical school’s

primary care, geriatrics, cultural diversity, and the needs

Clinical Learning Center. In the third and fourth years,

of underserved populations. In addition, concentrated

students complete their required clinical rotations at

learning opportunities are offered for those students

one of the medical school’s six regional campuses,

interested in rural health. All courses make use of the

located in Daytona Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando,

latest instructional technology, and medical informatics

Pensacola, Sarasota and Tallahassee. In these urban

is integrated throughout the curriculum.

and physical aspects — and trying to put those

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wh a t p a t i e n t - c e n t e r e d m e d i c i n e i s a l l a b o u t . ” M A R L A

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that treating a patient requires knowing their

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cases, as well as the latest educational technologies.


collaboration in both teaching and research. Faculty research focuses on genes and their functions as related to human health and disease.

Department of Clinical Sciences A clear example of the medical school’s organizational philosophy is the department of clinical sciences, which encompasses all clinical disciplines except family medicine and geriatrics. In the department of clinical DEPARTMENTAL STRUCTURE

sciences, faculty from specialties including emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology,

FSU encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and

pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery work together as

integration of the curriculum through its streamlined

members of a cohesive unit to establish educational

organizational structure.

goals, plan course content, teach and conduct research.

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Department of Family Medicine & Rural Health

Faculty members in the department of biomedical

Faculty members in the department of family medicine

sciences teach the basic medical science courses

and rural health teach students in all four years of the

in the first and second years of medical school.

medical curriculum via lecture and small groups, and

They also teach and supervise the research of Ph.D.

in the Clinical Learning Center. In addition, faculty

students. The department unites various biomedical

members mentor and teach students one-on-one while

disciplines with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary

providing patient care in community-based clinics.


The department is actively involved in addressing

medicine, in addition to the biological basis of health

the medical school’s mission as it relates to rural,

and disease. The mission of the department of medical

underserved and minority health care.

humanities and social sciences is to provide the necessary behavioral, psychosocial and ethical expertise

Department of Geriatrics

to ensure that medical students can realize their full

FSU’s medical school is one of only a handful

potential as health providers. Department faculty also

nationwide to dedicate an entire department to

conduct cutting-edge health and behavior research for

geriatrics, and to integrate geriatrics throughout the

the advancement of medicine and health care.

four-year curriculum. It also is one of few that require

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students to complete a full rotation in geriatrics.

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While FSU hopes to add to the number of certified geriatricians in Florida over time, the primary mission of the department of geriatrics at FSU is to prepare physicians in all medical disciplines to provide exemplary care to older adults.

Social Sciences As part of its effort to educate well-rounded physicians who can address the needs of Florida’s diverse populations, the FSU College of Medicine places great emphasis on psychosocial aspects of

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CLINICAL LEARNING CENTER Standardized patients are recruited from the community A key component of the educational program of the

and carefully trained to portray specific medical and

FSU College of Medicine is its Clinical Learning Center,

psychosocial problems consistently, enabling medical

a simulated clinic offering a controlled environment in

students to practice their basic clinical skills. Students

which students develop medical interviewing, patient

receive immediate feedback from faculty members, as

communication and physical examination skills. In the

well as from the patients themselves.

center, they also learn and practice documentation and case presentation, as well as early clinical reasoning.

Throughout their training, students take periodic clinical skills exams in the Clinical Learning Center to assess

Intensive faculty-to-student ratios and the use of stan-

their progress and prepare them for their licensure

dardized patients provide a supportive environment in

exams. Results of these observed exams also help in

which to learn these fundamental skills.

the evaluation of the clinical skills curriculum.

“Being able to practice new skills in the Clinical Learning Center physicians is an invaluable asset. This kind of training gives me


CLINICAL SIMULATION

In addition to working with standardized patients in the Clinical Learning Center, students have the opportunity to learn with high-tech patient simulators in the Charlotte E. Maguire, M.D., and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Center for Clinical Simulation.

Activities in the Clinical Learning Center can be

The high-fidelity manikins in the simulation center en-

recorded for learning and assessment purposes. In

able students to observe the effects of medical inter-

addition, training simulators and manikins are used to

ventions on patient vital signs such as blood pressure,

introduce students to clinical assessment and interven-

breathing, pulse, and heart sounds.

tion skills such as heart and lung sounds and venipuncture, as well as the evaluation and treatment of

The use of patient simulators will help reduce medical

critically ill patients.

errors and improve patient safety by preparing students for challenging medical situations in which they

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REGIONAL CAMPUSES The FSU 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. In this community-based model, students work oneon-one with practicing physicians, an experience that provides mentorship and hands-on learning opportunities. At each regional campus, clerkship directors from the local medical community oversee the students’ required rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, geriatrics,


psychiatry and emergency medicine. Community physicians serve as clerkship faculty in these specialties

The medical school’s regional campuses are in Daytona Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota and Tallahassee. PENSACOLA

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and for a variety of fourth-year electives.

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RURAL TRAINING

The FSU College of Medicine offers a comprehensive

Students may also apply for the college’s Rural Track in

rural medical education program, which includes an

Marianna, in the Florida Panhandle. There they spend

outreach effort to introduce students to rural medi-

their entire third year doing rotations in area physician

cine as early as the eighth grade.

offices and at Jackson Hospital.

Through a new clinical training site in Immokalee, medical students have an opportunity to spend some of their third- and fourth-year clinical rotations in a rural setting in Southwest Florida. The clinical training occurs in offices, clinics and the Isabel Collier Read Medical Campus in Immokalee, with additional hospital experiences in Naples.


ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

The FSU College of Medicine continually advances its instructional technology, which is based on a standard platform of laptop and handheld computers with software to support both clinical and classroom learning environments.

Tablet laptop computers allow students to take notes

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“The information technology

with a stylus directly on their computer screens so that they can save their own annotated versions of lecture slides, digital imaging and anatomical illustrations.

resources available to FSU College of

Audience response software enables faculty members to poll students electronically in the middle of lecture.

Medicine students

The instantaneous feedback provides a glimpse at how well class members are grasping complex material and allows faculty to adjust their teaching accordingly.

are cutting edge. These resources provide a novel approach to learning material,

you will not find at many other medical schools.’’

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an opportunity

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“The student learning communities are where convenience, comfort and camaraderie all just come together to make learning as pleasant and effective as it can possibly be.’’ W E N D E L L

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STUDENT LEARNING COMMUNITIES

The FSU College of Medicine offers a student-centered

The medical school’s eight student learning

environment that encourages collaboration among

communities, each accommodating up to 30 students,

students and faculty.

are designed to encourage a team approach to study.

A central feature of medical student life at FSU

A core collection of medical texts, a printer and

is the student learning community. Each of these

photocopier, network and wireless Internet access, DVD

comfortable spaces for learning and relaxation offers

and video projectors, and other instructional technology

study rooms, a kitchen, lounge area, restroom and

are available to the students in each student learning

shower facilities, and personal lockers.

community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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RESEARCH

The FSU College of Medicine has a dynamic research agenda in biomedical science, geriatrics, rural health, and patient safety, among other areas.

Researchers in the college’s interdisciplinary department of biomedical sciences focus on the human genome across the spectrum of the medical sciences. Aging and neuroscience are among the topics of special emphasis in the college’s research program.

As a Carnegie I Research Institution, the university provides a rich research environment. In addition to collaborating with basic science and psychology faculty from FSU’s College of Arts & Sciences, medical school researchers share resources and expertise with the School of Computational Science & Information Technology, the Pepper Institute on Aging & Public Policy, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

GRADUATE STUDY

The medical school offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in biomedical sciences that prepares graduates for careers in research and teaching, both in academic and private-sector research environments. The program emphasizes the application of genomics, proteomics and informatics to developmental, cell and molecular biology.

For information on the Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, visit: http://med.fsu.edu/phd


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HONORS PROGRAM

Through the FSU Honors Medical Scholars Program, students can become eligible for early admission to the FSU College of Medicine upon completion of premed requirements, making it possible to graduate with B.S. and M.D. degrees in seven years. OUTREACH PROGRAMS During the undergraduate years, those participating In order to provide a career pathway for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in medical school, the FSU College of Medicine offers a continuum of outreach programs from middle school through the postbaccalaureate level. These programs include in-school science electives in public schools, afterschool tutoring, and standardized test preparation, as well as opportunities for hands-on medical experience and professional skills development.

in the highly selective program have opportunities to learn through the Honors Medical Scholars Seminar and to take part in a mentorship program. Other benefits include priority access to premed prerequisite courses and the chance to take part in medical community volunteer activities and premed organizations.


Specialty Choice: FSU Graduates 2005-08 Psychiatry 2%

Otolaryngology 2%

Radiology 3%

Plastic Surgery 1%

Ophthalmology 1%

Family Medicine 18%

Anesthesiology 3% Orthopaedic Surgery 5%

Emergency Medicine 9%

Internal Medicine 19%

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Obstetrics/Gynecology 13%

Each of the following specialties represent less than 1% - Radiation Oncology, Physical Medicine & Rehab, Dermatology, Pathology, Urology and NIH Research.

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Pediatrics 9%


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The high cost of attending medical school can be overcome, in part, through financial aid and scholarship opportunities. There are 19 scholarships earmarked for FSU College of Medicine students, and the college’s financial aid office can provide assistance in identifying countless other scholarships available from outside sources for the study of medicine.

In addition, the Southern Scholarship Foundation of-

ADMISSIONS

fers College of Medicine students the opportunity to apply for rent-free housing across the street from the medical school. Each female FSU medical student living at the Stone House and male student living at the Smith House is provided a furnished private bedroom and a bathroom to be shared with one other person. The houses include a furnished living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, guest bathroom, patio and wireless Internet access.

According to the Florida statute establishing the FSU College of Medicine, the college will seek to admit “diverse types of students who possess good communication skills and are compassionate individuals, representative of the population of the state.” The admissions policy favors students demonstrating prior commitment to community service, nontraditional students with diverse personal and academic backgrounds, students from rural, inner-city and medically underserved population groups, and students who embrace the college’s mission.

Students wishing to apply to the College of Medicine should go to: http://med.fsu.edu/StudentAffairs


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