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Regional Campus eTours

In 2007, the College of Medicine partnered with Collier Health Services (now Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida) to provide health care for Immokalee’s rural and underserved population. Students have multiple options to complete portions of their medical education program in Immokalee.

Quick Overview

Students get the same experiences in Immokalee as at the other campuses but also get the extras that come with a recent immigrant population. They get to practice interdisciplinary care and serve the underserved full time. The mission of FSU’s College of Medicine comes to life here. (1m:20s)

Who the Patients Are

They’re part of a migrant agricultural community from all over the world. Some families have been in Immokalee for generations; others just arrived. Most are Latino patients, but some also are Creole-speaking patients from Haiti. (1m:13s)

What Challenges They Face

For this community, the work is difficult, the pay is low, the jobs are intermittent because of weather and other factors, the language and cultural barriers are significant. For all of those reasons and others, stress is a constant companion, and that stress takes a physical and emotional toll. (3m:20s)

How the Clinic Serves Them

The clinic can handle patients’ needs related to pediatrics, women’s health, family medicine and internal medicine. Patients can see both a psychologist and a physician. If they can’t come to the clinic, somebody will visit their home. The physicians and staff understand what culturally appropriate care is. (3m:41s)

What Students Gain from Immokalee

Because migrant workers are rarely able to seek medical care, the pathologies that students do encounter are often complex. Students have an opportunity to learn firsthand from patients with a different cultural background. These patients are “the underserved” from the College of Medicine’s mission statement, waiting to be served – and they’re right here in Florida. (5m:42s)