Jan 07, 2019

PENSACOLA –  Developing future physicians who will choose to practice in the region is one long-term goal of the Florida State University College of Medicine, which opened a regional campus in Pensacola in 2003. Numerous local physicians support that effort by teaching FSU medical students during their third- and fourth-year clinical rotations in Pensacola-area medical settings.

The Escambia County Medical Society recently donated $100,000 to provide scholarship support for FSU medical students who intend to one day practice in Pensacola. The money was raised in part from ECMS members – local physicians who understand the complexities involved in planning for meeting future health-care needs.

“The funds will endow an annual scholarship for a fourth-year medical student who is interested in returning to Pensacola to practice upon completion of their post-graduate training,” said Paul McLeod, who spent 18 years as a family physician in Milton before becoming founding dean of the medical school’s Pensacola location.

“When our graduates leave the area for residency training they have numerous options for where they will end up choosing to practice. This scholarship is an important contribution from ECMS and its members to bring our students back to this community to care for patients.”

The College of Medicine recently named the Escambia County Medical Society Conference Room at its Pensacola campus in gratitude for the gift.

“Financial support like we’re seeing in this scholarship endowment from ECMS is how we’re going to produce future leaders in the Pensacola medical community,” McLeod said. “Support like this is vital to our success in meeting this community’s health-care needs.”

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