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About the Department

The FSU College of Medicine's Department of Clinical Sciences is pivotal in teaching the key disciplines of internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, surgery, emergency medicine and neurology, which medical students must master to become highly competent and well-rounded physicians. Department faculty at the central campus have teaching responsibilities throughout the four-year curriculum and serve as education directors. They also give lectures, facilitate small groups, teach in the Clinical Learning Center (CLC) and participate in basic science courses such as Physiology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, and Medicine and Behavior. And they serve as mentors to students for their respective areas of medicine.

FSU College of Medicine students' first two years of introduction to clinical medicine occurs as preceptorships in physician practices in the Tallahassee and surrounding area as well as in the medical school's CLC. Students complete the required clinical rotations (clerkships) during the third and fourth years at one of the six regional campuses, which are located in Daytona Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota and Tallahassee. The clinical training extends to hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities, managed care organizations, private clinics and many other settings available through the College of Medicine's regional campuses. 

The Department of Clinical Sciences' outstanding faculty members include:

Irene Alexandraki, MD, an accomplished general internist with a background in infectious disease and HIV, teaches first- and second-year students in small groups, lectures and the CLC. She also provides services at the FSU-TMH Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Jonathan Appelbaum, MD, an experienced general internist, is the Department of Clinical Sciences' Interim Chair and Education Director for the third-year Internal Medicine Clerkship, an eight-week rotation introducing students to a variety of internal medicine problems. Dr. Appelbaum also is the Education Director for the fourth-year Advanced Internal Medicine Clerkship, a four-week sub-internship at one of the hospitals affiliated with the regional campus.

Harold Bland, MD, a respected pediatrician and neonatologist, is the Education Director for the third-year Pediatrics Clerkship, a six-week rotation where students gain experience in caring for children of all ages. 

Suzanne Bush, MD, a respected obstetrician and gynecologist, is Education Director for the third- and fourth-year Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship. This clerkship is a six-week rotation during which students are introduced to the core content that defines the practice of women's health, obstetrics and gynecology.

Debra Danforth, MS, ARNP, FAANP, an energetic nurse practitioner, is the Director of the Charlotte E. Maguire, MD,and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital CLC, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences. 

Mahsheed Khajavi, MD, a respected general internist and hospitalist, is an associate professor of internal medicine. She teaches in the first-and-second-year curriculum providing lectures, leading small groups, and teaching in CLC activities. Dr. Khajavi also provides services at the FSU-TMH Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Gerry Maitland, MD, a neurologist with expertise in neuro-opthalmology, lectures in Neuroscience and participates in CLC activities. He also sponsors many students summer research projects. 

Lawrence Mobley, MD, an experienced psychiatrist, serves as the Education Director for the third-year Psychiatry Clerkship, a six-week rotation that provides students with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and appropriate referral of patients with mental health disorders. 

Stephen Sandroni, MD, a regarded general internist with a focus on nephrology, is a professor of internal medicine. He teaches the first-and-second-year students, by lecturing and advising, as well as leading small groups and teaching in the CLC. Dr. Sandroni also provides services at the FSU-TMH Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Mark Stavros, MD, an emergency medicine specialist, serves as the Education Director for the fourth-year Emergency Medicine Clerkship. This four-week clerkship introduces students to the role that emeregency medicine plays in the management of acute disease by offering significant clinical exposure. 

Michael J Sweeney, MD, FACS, a well-respected surgeon with expertise in vascular surgery, teaches in the first- and second-year curriculum, as well as the summer Business and Medicine course at the FSU College of Medicine. He also is Surgery Education Director. This eight-week clinical clerkship is divided into an initial six- week period devoted entirely to general surgery, followed by a two-week selective in orthopedics, otolaryngology, or urology.

Robert Watson, MD, a renowned neurologist, is responsible for developing and implementing the clinical presentation model in the College of Medicine curriculum and teaches in the area of neurosciences and first- and second-year small groups and CLC.

Amy Wetherby, PhD, is the Director of the Florida State University Autism Institute and heads an internationally recognized group of researchers in various aspects of Autism Sepctrum Disorders. She oversees doctoral thesis candidates.