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FSU Celebrates New Pathway Into Health Professions

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CONTACT: Doug Carlson
(850) 645-1255;
Oct. 10, 2016


Florida State University will celebrate an innovative new pathway into health care careers by honoring the program’s first students. The Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences B.S. Degree Program — the first of its kind in the nation — provides students interested in health care with numerous advantages toward achieving that goal.

Seven FSU colleges were involved in creating the new degree track, which provides students with more time to explore opportunities and a more effective way to choose a career in health care.

The kickoff celebration will feature remarks by FSU Provost Sally McRorie and College of Medicine Dean John P. Fogarty. Also in attendance will be the deans of the seven FSU colleges involved, many of the 115 FSU students enrolled in the program and their parents.

The celebration will take place:


12 - 1 P.M.


1115 W. CALL ST.


For a combination of reasons, thousands of students nationwide start college thinking about health care, but the would-be nurses, physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, medical social workers, patient advocates, social scientists, medical informaticists and more wind up in other careers.

The timing for creating the IMS program is good. FSU is focused on boosting its total number of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates; cutting the time to graduation; and increasing the number of graduates getting jobs with good salaries. The IMS program addresses each of those concerns.

IMS is a unique collaboration of seven FSU colleges: Arts & Sciences, Communication and Information, Human Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Social Sciences and Public Policy, and Social Work. The program started this fall.

Directions to the FSU College of Medicine: From downtown, travel west on Tennessee Street and turn left on Stadium Drive. Parking is available in the parking garage at Stadium Drive and Spirit Way.