The Florida State University College of Medicine carefully selects students who are outstanding academically and are committed to the college's mission of service to Florida's medically underserved populations. FSU medical students come from all over Florida and are culturally diverse. Many come from small towns and rural areas, but the state's major metropolitan areas are also well represented. A number of students are older than average for medical school and bring a broad range of professional and life experiences, while others come straight out of undergraduate programs. Most are active in student organizations, community service projects and medical outreach programs.
The Faculty and students of the College of Medicine continue to create the FSU COM Curriculum for the 21st Century.
This exciting, collaborative approach embodies a fundamental principle of our educational program: our goal is not simply to impart knowledge but above all to help students learn and to develop as exemplary physicians, prepared to practice medicine in the 21st century.
Our preclerkship curriculum has undergone a major redesign – from a traditional, discipline-based curriculum – anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, etc. – to a fully integrated biopsychosocial model. The specifics continue to evolve in response to student and faculty feedback in each iteration.
In our new courses, the organizing framework is the human being, and the goal is to develop our learners’ ability to think as physicians. Students will acquire knowledge and skills from the perspective of approaching and understanding the patient – from physical status to behaviors to place in the community to the impact of the health care system on them.
Specific activities focused on professional behavior, wellness, and medicine in society begin in the first week.
Early clinical experiences begin in week 1 – through both encounters with simulated patients and community visits.
Reduced lecture time. Interactive large and small group session and guided discovery activities develop the critical thinking habits of successful physicians and facilitate individualized attention to learning needs.
About the School
"At the Florida State University College of Medicine, we are interested in producing physicians, physician assistants and scientists who are caring practitioners of both the art and science of medicin ... Read More