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The mission of the Florida State University College of Medicine is to educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient- centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority and underserved populations. Students benefit from a well-structured continuum of education in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences. Subjects such as anatomy and pathology are presented in a clinically relevant context using medical cases, as well as the latest educational technologies.
One distinguishing feature of the College of Medicine is its community-based, distributed model of medical education. This community- based clinical education spans the four-year curriculum. During the first two years, students' clinical education takes place in physician practices in the Tallahassee area, as well as in the medical school's Clinical Skills and Simulation Center. In the third and fourth years, students complete their required clinical rotations at one of the medical school's six regional campuses or three rural/clinical training sites, located in Daytona Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Immokalee, Marianna and Thomasville. In this community-based model, students work one-on-one with practicing physicians, an experience that provides mentorship and hands-on learning opportunities.