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 cases, as well as the latest educational technologies.
The curriculum is comprehensive, preparing students for any medical specialty and setting. Course content reflects the college's mission, with special attention given to primary care, geriatrics, cultural diversity, and the needs of underserved populations. In addition, concentrated learning opportunities are offered for those students interested in rural health. Regional Medical School Campus SitesCommunity-based clinical education spans the four-year curriculum.
During the first two years, students' clinical education takes place in physician practices in the Tallahassee area. In the third and fourth years, students complete their required clinical rotations at one of the medical school's six regional campuses. In these urban centers and the surrounding rural areas, the clinical training program extends into hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, managed care organizations, private clinics and other outpatient settings. Our students learn mostly in community clinics and other ambulatory-care sites, rather than in a large academic medical center. They learn directly from practicing physicians, rather than from residents or interns.
We encourage our students to collaborate with each other as they learn, rather than compete with each other. We focus much attention on primary care. We emphasize the importance of treating the patient with compassion. We make sure our students, whatever discipline they may enter, are completely comfortable working with elder patients.
Most important, our mission is to serve the medically underserved. The Florida State University College of Medicine will 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.