“ FSU ’ s missiondriven curriculum gives insight into what you may face while you begin your practice . My experiences while at FSU COM , whether good or challenging , have helped me to realize our vision as agents of change . There is a need for a more diverse core of physicians representative of the communities we serve , and that vision has been made clearer now more than ever . Students of the future are the innovative face of medicine ; be bold in your pursuit of excellence . Tackle racial inequities in medical care with surgical precision . Change comes one person at a time and one patient at a time . Seek to live your life and pursue your medical career with a sense of purpose and you will always be fulfilled .”
Makandall Saint Eloi ( M . D ., ‘ 16 ), associate medical director , Jackson Hospital in Miami
“ What we ’ re going through is truly historic , but some things that have made me feel really good during this time : All of medicine has spoken with a single voice – and that has not always been the case – about putting regulations in place to protect public health . … This time in our history also presents an interesting kind of hurdle that new people considering careers in medicine will have to grapple with . … I think we ’ re much more likely to get people who see themselves as servantleaders and healers coming into the field versus people who see an opportunity to earn a good living and be in a higher SES class . So , I think that ’ s a huge positive for the field .”
Les Beitsch , chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine
“ It makes me nervous , mostly because this is something that we ’ ve never faced before . There are a lot of unknowns : How long will this go on ? How bad will it get ? But I feel confident that everybody ’ s doing the best that they can . I ’ m really confident in our health-care system in general .” Olivia Donnelly ( M . D ., ’ 20 ), OB-GYN resident in Gainesville , speaking to FSU MED in March .
• M . D . ’ 22 students start clinical rotations at regional campuses with caveat of no COVID-19 infected patients , in part to avoid using PPE needed by nurses and doctors .
• The College of Medicine assumes leadership of COVID-19 testing on campus for more than 50,000 faculty , staff and students .