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Curriculum Redesign

The Faculty and students of the College of Medicine are collaborating to create the FSU COM Curriculum for the 21st Century.

Our Vision

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 Plan

Our preclerkship curriculum is undergoing a major redesign – from a traditional, discipline-based curriculum – anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, etc. – to a fully integrated biopsychosocial model.

 See full pdf of Preclerkship Curriculum Plan

Our Framework

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 and identity formation begin in the first week (Values and Virtues).
  • Early clinical experiences begin in week 1 – through both encounters with simulated patients and community visits. 
  • Minimal lecture time. Guided discovery activities develop the learning habits of successful physicians and facilitate individualized attention to learning needs.
  • 6 weeks protected time to study for USMLE Step 1
  • Preclerkship “boot camp” prepares students for their clinical rotations.
  • All students must have a Pass score on Step 1 AND Pass a “high stakes” OSCE before moving to their regional campus and beginning their clerkships.

Our Timeline

The Class of 2019 will be the first students to experience the complete new curriculum, beginning in the Summer of 2015. The Class of 2018 will particpate in the new Medicine 1 in the Summer of 2014.

More Information

The Curriculum Redesign intranet (SharePoint) site has more resources and details for the FSU College of Medicine community.

Contact the Co-Directors with questions, comments, or for more information.




Contact Information


Phone: 850-644-2365


Phone: 850-645-9660