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John P. Fogarty, M.D.
ummer used to be a time of vacations and relaxation. Not at
the College of Medicine.
We welcomed the M.D. Class of 2022 in May, and our
second PA class joined us in August. The residency programs
we sponsor around the state continue to grow, and with our new
arrivals in June we now have over 120 residents in training under the
guidance of our faculty at Tallahassee Memorial, Sarasota Memorial, Lee Health in Fort Myers,
and Dermatology Associates in Tallahassee. The new emergency medicine program at Sarasota
Memorial was provisionally accredited this spring and will enter the match this year for its first class in
July 2019. We recently recruited the founding program director for a new family medicine program
at Winter Haven Hospital and anticipate a start date of 2020.
We are busy in our self-study for the LCME site visit next April and have had six subcommittees and
an executive steering committee hard at work all year preparing the documents to be submitted
in January 2019. Our students all participated in an Independent Student Analysis for the LCME
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process, and we administered a comprehensive questionnaire last winter to all four classes to
identify our strengths and areas for improvement.
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not immune to this crisis and lost a student to suicide in February 2017. In light of the national trends med.fsu.edu. Letters may be edited
and a heartbreaking loss for our college community, we developed a Wellness Committee with
representatives from students, faculty and staff to look at our culture and environment and identify
programs and processes to prevent another tragedy here.
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In this issue, we give you an overview of this sad chapter, with commentary from students,
faculty and college leadership. I thank Ron Hartung in Public Affairs and Communications for his
tireless work and amazing storytelling in presenting the facts, the background and the community
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available online by visiting med.fsu.
edu (key link: news).
responses to our efforts to heal and learn from this event. While we can never totally prevent If you would like to be removed from
another loss, we can come together as a college community, look out for one another and be the mailing list for this magazine, or
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We graduated our 14th class in May and now have 1,255 alumni of the College of Medicine. They
continue to make us proud in their specialty choices and, increasingly, by returning to Florida to
practice. We now have 69 graduates who serve as faculty in our regional campuses, and this year
delivery, tell us in an email. Be sure to
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we added two more recent graduates to our full-time faculty in Tallahassee. We continue to live the
mission of the school and produce the kinds of doctors that Florida really needs.
TO MAKE A GIFT
Jim McNeill, assistant dean for
Enjoy the fall, and Go Noles!
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John P. Fogarty, M.D.
Florida State University College of Medicine