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Education

Overview

The DFMRH has extensive teaching responsibilities and leadership throughout the four year curriculum. Faculty serve as course directors, lecturers, small group facilitators, clinical skills instructors and evaluators, and community-based preceptors. FSU COM students spend the first two years at the main campus in Tallahassee and the last two years at one of the six regional campuses and/or three rural training sites across the state.

Curtis Stine, M.D. serves as the course director for the year long Doctoring 1 course that teaches basic history and physical skills and has elements taught by every family physician faculty member.

Karen Myers, A.R.N.P. organizes and directs the community preceptorship program where 1st and 2nd year students spend a half day every other week with a community-based primary care physician.

Mike Muszynski, M.D.directs the 3-week clinical immersion course (the Summer Clinical Practicum) at the end of first year when every first year student is placed with a primary care physician, especially those who treat underserved populations, throughout the state to reinforce clinical skills and gain experience in caring for the underserved.

Steve Quintero, M.D. is the physician advisor to the Clinical Learning Center.

In year 3, students participate in a required 6-week Family Medicine Clerkship that focuses on family medicine as practiced in the ambulatory setting. The required 4-week Advanced Family Medicine Clerkship occurs in year 4, and focuses on the expanded scope as practiced in family medicine residency programs and in rural settings. The DFMRH also sponsors and directs rural medical education training at three rural training locations.

Cross Cultural Medicine is a popular service-learning elective over Spring Break for 1st and 2nd year students. This course involves lectures and small group discussions and culminates with a weeklong cross-cultural experience in Mexico, Panama, or Immokalee, Florida. Faculty from the COM accompany students to these sites to provide primary care and teach issues of culture and culturally appropriate care. A Medical Spanish elective is available to first and second year students and an Advanced Medical Spanish elective is offered in the 4th year.

Archbold Medical Center serves as a rural training site. It is located in Thomasville, Georgia. Each year 5 third year medical students complete the required clinical rotations there. The hospital also has the capacity to host 5 fourth year student for advance electives. The program runs as part of the Tallahassee Regional Campus. The on-site campus administrator who handles the coordination of students and preceptors is Rudolf Hehn, M.D.

Dr. Elena Reyes serves as Director of the SWFL Region. Included in her area is the Immokalee Health Education site. Located in small town of Immokalee, the site serves a rural training site providing care to a large population of Mexican migrant farm workers, as well as Haitians, African Americans, and Caucasians. The site is federally designated Health Professionals Shortage Area. The Immokalee site offers clinical opportunities for Summer Clinical Practicum, third year Family Medicine and Pediatrics Clerkships.

Jackson Hospital in Marianna, Florida also serves as a third year training site. It is located approximately 1 hour from main campus, in the heart of Jackson County Florida. The Marianna Program immerses students into the local medical community and gives access to the six required clerkships in a rural setting. All clerkships except Psychiatry are done at Jackson Hospital. Psychiatry is done at the local VA Center and Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee. The Rural Program is also a part of the Tallahassee Regional Campus. Dr. Steven Spence, who began his medical student career at the FSU PIMS program, is the local Campus Administrator.