Integration of Basic and Clinical Sciences Across the Curriculum in a Community Based Distributed Campus Educational Model: A Work in Progress at the Florida State University College of Medicine

Presented by Dennis Baker, Ph.D. and Mary Johnson, Ph.D. on January 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

The Florida State University College of Medicine (FSU CoM), founded in 2000, was established through a legislative mandate to educate physicians responsive to community needs and who provide patient-centered care to elder, minority, and underserved populations in Florida. FSU CoM is the oldest of the ‘new medical schools.’ Our clinical curriculum is delivered in the context of a community-based distributed campus model at six regional campuses spread across the entire geographic span of Florida. All clinical teaching is conducted by community-based physicians, with 70% of that training occurring in the ambulatory setting. Connecting year 1 and 2 basic science and clinical faculty to year 3 and 4 community-based clerkship directors to create a ‘continuous educational experience’ for students is challenging but very necessary. In this presentation we will share strategies we have employed to promote the exchange of information between regional campus clerkship directors and year 1-2 basic science course directors.  Additionally we will describe collaborative strategies our central campus faculty has utilized to create year 1 and 2 courses with a strong clinical emphasis by incorporating input from regional campus clerkship directors. One successful approach was sharing specific objectives from courses and clerkships using the ACGME competency domains as a focal point.

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Dennis BakerDr. Baker, Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the  Florida State University College of Medicine, is responsible for enhancing the teaching skills of faculty, including faculty on the FSU campus, community physicians who precept students in the first and second year, and clinical faculty at the six regional medical school campuses who participate in teaching the required clerkships and electives. His faculty-development activities include individual consultations, creation of learning modules, development and maintenance of a nationally recognized faculty-development web page and presentation of workshops. He has more than 30 years of medical education experience in the areas of faculty and curriculum development.


Mary T. JohnsonDr. Johnson is Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Florida State University College of Medicine.  She is responsible for assisting the faculty as they implement all aspects of the curriculum, both in the classroom and at the community-based sites around the state of Florida.  Dr. Johnson has more than 20 years of experience as a basic sciences educator and course director for medical microbiology and infectious diseases.   She has been a leader in competency-based medical education for over a decade