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AAMC President Helps Commemorate FSU Anniversary

Unconventional medical school celebrates 10 years of transformational change

Florida State University (FSU) recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of going against the conventional medical school grain.

At the anniversary celebration, keynote speaker Darrell G. Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, praised the school’s “transformational change” in its approach to training the next generation of physicians.

 “I can’t say enough good things about what you’ve accomplished,” said Kirch. “The problem is now we need to extend it to other medical schools and to the entire health-care system. Health care and medicine have not figured out that it is a team sport.”

Back in 2000 when the school started, they were among the first to send its third- and fourth-year students out to make rotations with practicing physicians and other healthcare providers working on the front lines.

The school also has a unique mission, one that’s especially pertinent to today’s health care needs: to train patient-centered doctors to meet what many believe is a looming shortage of primary care physicians. In fact, from the six classes that have graduated since the school’s inception, 55 percent of the graduates have gone on to become primary care physicians, a much higher percentage than usual.

“You have the most focused mission statement I’ve ever seen for a medical school,” Kirch said. “And you’ve been relentless in every one of your programs to line up your activities with that mission statement.”

The school now enrolls 120 toward its full enrollment of 480 in serving Florida’s elderly, rural, minority and underserved.

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