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Department of Family Medicine & Rural Health

The Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health is actively engaged in all aspects of the mission of the College and thus chose to use the College mission as its own. The mission of the Department 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 services to elder, rural, minority, and underserved populations. Department faculty are involved in all levels of administration, educational leadership, College service, teaching and advising across all four years of the curriculum. Faculty also provide clinical care to underserved populations of all types in the Tallahassee area and across the state.

In the Spotlight

  • Suzanne Harrison, M.D., is the lead author of the new American Medical Women’s Association position paper on “Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in the United States.”

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  • Dr. Speights joined the FSU College of Medicine in 2014 as Assistant Professor and Director of Rural Medical Education in the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health.

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  • An essay by Yaowaree Leavell (Class of 2015) is spotlighting the College of Medicine’s student-centered faculty. The tribute to Suzanne Harrison, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, was a finalist in the American Medical Women’s Association contest on the topic of mentorship.

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  • Shepherd’s Hope Clinic in Orlando honored Kevin Sherin, M.D., MPH, MBA, from our Orlando campus, with its prestigious 2014 Dr.

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  • Dr. Nancy Baker was selected by FSU Gold Humanism Honor Societ's Class of 2014 as a faculty inductee into GHHS.

  • Dr. Suzanne Harrison was elected as FSU nominee for the AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award

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  • What Is New in HIV Infection? Co- Authored by Kevin Sherin, M.D., Clinical Professor from our Orlando campus, in the American Family Physician’s Journal Volume 89, Number 4.The article lands on the cover of the American Family Physician's cover.

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  • Several faculty members attended as well as presented at the 40th Anniversary STFM Conference on Medical Education in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • Dr. Jose E. Rodriguez contributes the cover art for the Nov-Dec issue of the Family Medicine Journal

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Contact Information


Phone: (850) 644-7029
Fax: (850) 645-2859


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