Florida State University College of Medicine

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College of Medicine
Florida State University-seal-vertical.jpg
Established 2000
Type Public
Dean Dr. John P. Fogarty
Students 527[1]
Location Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Website www.med.fsu.edu

The Florida State University College of Medicine, located in Tallahassee, Florida, is one of sixteen colleges comprising the Florida State University (FSU). The College is an accredited medical school, offering the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree for physicians. The College of Medicine also offers a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, and the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Bridge to Clinical Medicine Major.

Student Information: (2011-12 academic year): 474 medical students; 244 men, 230 women; 192 minority students; 110 underrepresented minorities (including 66 Hispanic and 37 African American); 468 Florida residents.

The College of Medicine, created in 2000 to produce “compassionate physicians for the 21st century,” is the first new medical school of the century to be reaccredited.[2] The college was reaccredited in 2011 for the maximum eight years by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Also in 2011, it was reaccredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. That means it can continue to be a sponsoring institution for residency programs. [3]


Entrance to the Florida State University College of Medicine

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.[4] The FSU College of Medicine will lead the nation in preparing compassionate physicians to deliver the highest quality 21st Century patient-centered medicine to communities of greatest need.

Academic Departments[edit]

The five departments are Behavioral Sciences & Social Medicine; Biomedical Sciences; Clinical Sciences; Family Medicine & Rural Health; and Geriatrics.[5]

Residency Programs[edit]

The Florida State University College of Medicine and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare developed an internal medicine residency program. They both collaborated to develop the first general surgery program in the Panhandle region of Florida. The College of Medicine has also collaborated with Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida to provide an obstetrics & gynecology residency program. At the Sacred Heart Children's Hospital they have developed a pediatrics residency. It developed a Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Florida. The College of Medicine also sponsors a procedural dermatology fellowship program with Dermatology Associates in Tallahassee.[6]


Health and Wellness Center

With its main campus in Tallahassee, where students complete their first two years, the medical school also has regional campuses in Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Ft. Pierce, and Daytona Beach, FL where third- and fourth-year clinical training takes place.[7] There also are rural training sites in Marianna and Immokalee, FL, in addition to Thomasville, Ga. [8] Rather than learning in an academic medical center, students learn one-on-one from community physicians in their offices, clinics and other outpatient settings as well as in hospitals. The college partners with more than 90 health-care organizations statewide and with about 2,100 physicians to provide clinical training to students. [9]


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. [10]

Translational Science Laboratory: Medical scientists are focused now on translating two decades of biomedical research into cures for human disease. The Translational Science Laboratory, created in 2011, provides the physical space, the applied technologies and the staff to serve medical scientists at Florida State and elsewhere in their search for targets for treatment of disease. [11]

Clinical Research Network: The Clinical Research Network is a statewide, collaborative network of faculty, community-based health-care professionals and researchers that supports clinical and translational research. The network enhances and promotes research collaboration, and it strengthens partnerships between multidisciplinary professionals who work with patients in the community via a formalized, structured and integrated network. [12]

Health IMPACTS for Florida: This research effort combines Florida State University’s strength in community-based medical education with the University of Florida’s expertise in clinical and translational science research. The statewide network of facilities affiliated with the two universities connects local communities with teams of clinical scientists, physicians and physicians-in-training, creating new opportunities to conduct clinical and public health research. In addition to benefiting the state’s 19 million residents, the universities will create new opportunities and advances for physicians, scientists and medical students while exploring the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. [13]

National Rankings[edit]

U.S. News & World Report (2015 edition)

  • Primary Care - 90-118th overall
  • Research - 90-118th overall

In 2014, the College of Medicine was ranked the 8th best in the nation for Hispanic students by Hispanic Business Magazine.


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