The face has changed, but the name remains the same. So it is that the Tallahassee Regional Campus has a new Hartsfield as its dean. I still wake up excited that I have been afforded the opportunity to participate in the "good work" that has been ongoing for the past seven years in our Region; educating and developing patient-centered, exemplary physicians for the 21st century. Much good has been accomplished in recent months. The FSU COM has been granted a maximum eight year accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Dean Fogarty spoke well when he stated, "The leaders, administrators, faculty and students who helped plan and build this program should be extremely proud, as should be extremely proud, as should all friends and supporters." The LCME made particular note that, "The community faculty apprentice model of clinical education provides students with the opportunity to see large numbers of patients, to be involved in all aspects of their care, and to be closely observed for development of competence in their roles as physicians." All agree that the loyalty and commitment of our community faculty is a large part the key to our successes.
Although we are proud of the partnership and teamwork that has enabled so much to be accomplished we remain forward looking as we seek to innovate and build on the firm foundation which is in place.