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Florida State University College of Medicine
Florida State University College of Medicine
Photo Credit: Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA
  • Year founded: 2000
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 121
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Florida State University College of Medicine (FSU)
Allopathic Medical School
Tallahassee
In-State Applicants Favored
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 121 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 4 4 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $28,082
  • Non - Resident Tuition $69,024
  • Application Fee -
  • AVG MCAT 505
  • AVG GPA 3.6
  • LIZZYM Score 64.0

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Admissions Information

  • Admissions Office
  • 1115 West Call Street
  • Tallahassee 32306
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

At the Florida State University College of Medicine, we're interested in producing doctors who are caring practitioners of both the art and science of medicine. That process starts with choosing the right students - people who will work well with their patients and the entire health-care team. After carefully selecting our students, we immerse them in a culture that embodies the characteristics we expect to see in our graduates. Throughout their education, FSU medical students learn in an environment that values diversity, mutual respect, teamwork and open communication. They also actively participate in an innovative curriculum that prepares them to become lifelong learners in an era of explosive growth in medical knowledge and information technology.

Curriculum

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. Problem-based and small-group learning experiences help students develop their clinical acumen and learn to work as a team. 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 Learning Center. In the third and fourth years, students complete their required clinical rotations at one of the medical school's four regional campuses, located in Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota and Tallahassee. In these urban centers and the surrounding rural areas, the clinical training program extends into hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, managed care organizations, private clinics and other outpatient settings.

Facilities

Originally housed in Duxbury Hall (administrative offices and student community room), Montgomery Gym (anatomy lab), several science buildings (classrooms) and portable buildings (administrative offices), the college moved into transitional facilities at the former FSU Developmental Research School on the northwest corner of the FSU campus in three phases between December 2001 and April 2002. The college broke ground Feb. 4, 2003, on a new 300,000-square-foot complex of buildings to house the first- and second-year educational program, and moved into these buildings in October 2004.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 113
Negatively 4
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.70 118

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.53 111

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I really like how user friendly the website is; I found answers to all the questions I had pre- and post-interview!" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Show your presences more. It seemed as if the students ran the entire interview day. One the students spoke really bad about another med school." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. They were super accommodating and warm." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. The office was incredible with their communication, and coordination. They kept the mood light hearted, and did their best to keep you from being uneasy." More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, they were wonderful" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great service! WHEN I call I actually get a person on the phone- so I end up calling FSU for everyth" More from this Member | Report Response

"The two, back-to-back, hour-long interviews is a lot of talking. Possibly consider breaking up the t" More from this Member | Report Response

"I got lost trying to find the college because Call St., where the COM is cuts in half at the busines" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why FL?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why choose FSU for medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your story to me" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you want to begin? (I used this as an opporutnity to provide a general discussion of who I was and how I got into medicine and what I've done to prepare for that). This allowed us to build off of that the rest of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Choose a controversial topic and explain to me both sides to it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe the most challenging point in your life." More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You have a lot of activities and that could be a double-edged sword. Explain what I mean by this and how it isn't a double-edged sword for you." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about the health care reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"At the end of the interview: If there was one thing you wanted me to relay to the admissions committee, what would that be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of health care reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had 30 seconds to impress upon the admissions commitee why they should admit you, what would you say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about ... event. How did you do this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your opinion on health care reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you don't become a doctor, what would you become and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"First interview: "Tell me about your family." Second interview: "How do you feel you've prepared for medical school?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself / Why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Out everything you could do with your life, Why Doctor? Why FSUCOM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why fsu, why do you want to be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why FSU? This was a very big question, both interviewers asked this same question. Make sure you look at their website for their mission statement and additional info. They are very big into primary care and geriatric, so make sure you mention it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine/Why FSU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why FSU? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How has your family life influenced your medical career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the state of health care in the nation right now? What do you think it will be like in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is good judgement? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get X grade?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethics related question. How would you handle X Y Z" More from this Member | Report Response

"Experiences from my AMCAS app. WHY did you do this certain thing? (Not asked in a very friendly way)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about what you did from High School until now." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you fit in with Florida State University College of Medicine's mission?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to go into?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discuss one major problem in healthcare today." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family. Many questions about my AMCAS or secondary." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the hardest challenge you have faced?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of questions about my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Strengths and weakness?.. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about X in your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something that is not on your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Define profesionalism" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family; what has been their impact on you, your decision to practice medicine, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you read books?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would a friend say are your pros and cons?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to attend FSU college of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If three of your closest friends came in what would they say they like about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your freetime?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get such and such grade? Tell me about a difficult time in your life? Tell me some of your hobbies? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If I had never seen your file and had to present you to the committee, what one thing would you have me focus on?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the healthcare system like in your country of origin?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family; why do they support your decision to go to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a young girl came to you asking for an abortion what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about *** experience..." More from this Member | Report Response

"You have a medicine that must be given in doses of 10 mg/kg and a patient that weighs 50 lbs. How do you figure out how much medicine to give?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if one of your clients (I was working as a counselor for young pregnant women giving up their babies for adoption) decided that they would rather have an abortion? Would you tell her your opinion? Don't you think that would sway her to do what you thought was right and not necessarily what she wanted? etc, etc, etc..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you interested in attending our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What world issue interests you most? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What does your dad and mom do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I was a 55-yr old man with cancer and did not want any kind of treatment and would rather die, what would you say to me? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why was your MCAT so low?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there any reason your beliefs would get in the way of your practicing medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"16 y/o female comes to your clinic and asks you for an abortion, what do you do? (after answering) what do you do if her parents already know? (same question others who have posted here were asked before)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself focusing on your healthcare and medical experience. Explain such and such grade." More from this Member | Report Response

"A dosage question: if a dosage for a medication is 10 mg/kg, and your patient weighs 45 pounds, how much medicine would you prescribe?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you see yourself in 10-12 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your parents" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your family like? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why FSU COM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your clinical volunteer experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your very course in college and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did your volunteer experience prepared you to handle cultural diversity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why MD" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your activities, research, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you like the admissions commitee to see you as." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something about yourself that is different than anything in your application. What would your friends say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Change the healthcare system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What problem do you see in health care today, and how would you fix it if you were the US health care czar?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are major problems facing healthcare today? (have several answers, because they will ask you "what else?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pick one problem with US healthcare and tell me how you would fix it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to relax?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If all your friends were in the room right now, what would they all say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"See above." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study? (got asked this by both interviewers)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I asked youto make a 2 molar solution, and told you the compound has a molecular weight of 44g, how many grams would you need?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You have done three years of pediatric research, why primary care medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You seem to have a lot of passion, where does this come from." More from this Member | Report Response

"You have an excellent file. I have no doubt in my mind that you will get into another school, so why FSU?? (totally wasn't ready for this one!!) " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I want to be a doctor... Where do I see myself 10 years from now...What field I want to specialize in...." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your self?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a problem with healthcare" More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the most pressing issues in healthcare today? How would you solve them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do I think that FSU COM "matches" my personality?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What else should I have asked?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Discuss you travel experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you solve the obesity epidemic we see in America" More from this Member | Report Response

"How and when do you think research/being a scientist plays into practicing medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your ideal physician." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you have not been accepted in the past?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me an example of something you feel strongly about? (in the context of healthcare)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Our conversation on malpractice & the absurd sue-happy culture we live in." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think the term "Obama-care" means?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you first started working?" More from this Member | Report Response

"An ethical question regarding a colleague drinking." More from this Member | Report Response

"After they read about my autistic son: What do you think causes Autism?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't recall." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel your religious beliefs will influence your patient care?" More from this Member | Report Response

""What would you do for a career if there were no doctors?" "How do you think you'll handle being surrounded by people less mature than you?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain the phrase "If you lay down with dogs you're going to get fleas" and how it relates to medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asking them questions. I was able to speak with a psychiatrist, she was awesome. " More from this Member | Report Response

"about my activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family? Where are you from? What are your good and bad habits as a friend? etc... A lot of questions where from the AMCAS, so study it well and you will ace it. One questions was about my MCAT score (my wasnt so high) but I was prepare for it. In all the questions were not hard at all, I didn't get any ethical questions or healthcare field questions. But one of the other person being interview later told me that he was asked a lot of ethical questions. So be ready for the subject, do research on it (I used Wiki) on ethical issues and healthcare in the US just in case." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think doctors do not like homeopathic medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you imagine a difficult scenario that you might run into as a doctor? What would it be and how would you handle it? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What organ in the body would you be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"After taking Macroeconomics, what do you think about our future (universal) healthcare system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite type of book to read (sci fi? historical fiction? autobio?)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever been to Rattlesnake Roundup?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would we say a current medical school student was a poor choice? Why would we say one was a good choice and pat ourselves on the back?" More from this Member | Report Response

"At the end of the interview: Summarize for me in 30 seconds why the college of medicine should choose you. " More from this Member | Report Response

"We were talking about bomber planes (he wasn't expecting me to know anything on the subject)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you switch careers? (nontraditional, coming from another professional career)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite class? What was your least favorite class? Why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the greatest problem in health care today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you very religious?. Let's say a girl comes into your office pregnant and thinks that abortion is her only option what would you do? What would friends say about you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were posed with a situation where the patient's request disagreed with your personal beliefs or morals, how would you handle the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does the term biopsychosocial mean to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define professionalism. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers aren't there to grill you. They genuinely want to learn more about you as a person rather than simply another applicant. The interview sessions each lasted 35-40 min. Practically all the questions come from your app. Some questions included what I would do if I were in peds and my patient's mother wanted to take her child off the recommended medication. Just answer honestly, openly, and most importantly, remain CALM. When you freak out and clutch the chair they will feel nervous and uncomfortable" More from this Member | Report Response

"pick one person died or alive that inspires you and why" More from this Member | Report Response

"Has there ever been a time when you were misjudged?, Who inspired you to pursue medicine and why?, How do you problem solve? (this one threw me off guard, I didn't know exactly how to answer it...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have dinner with any three people dead or alive who would they be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were to change one thing about the future what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I would have removed the feeding tube from Terry Schiavo and why I would or would not have." More from this Member | Report Response

"everything was pretty standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you carry out the mission statement of FSU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My daughter wants to go to Florida State University undergrad. Would you endorse it and how." More from this Member | Report Response

"What question do you want me to ask you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the most prominent problem doctors will face in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle acute and chronic stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Recently, some counties in the state of Florida rejected a 1% increase in sales tax that would have gone to insuring the uninsured. Why do you suppose this bill was rejected?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When they asked me about my travel experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do I think the bill that was being voted on in some Florida counties for adding 1% sales tax to go towards funding health insurance for uninsured individuals in those counties was voted down?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think there is too much violence in sports?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about your trip to the Philippines..." More from this Member | Report Response

"There weren't any real ''interesting'' questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a primary care physician? Why not say GI, what can they do that a neurosurgeon would not be able to do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hypothetically, if all medical schools closed what field would you go into? If after a surgery your patient did not follow your prescribed post-op plan and complications arose how would you approach it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me why your a unique applicant." More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been the most difficult time in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you participate in your high school's math teams." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your opinions regarding the issue of disclosure in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What negative thing would your close friend have to say about you." More from this Member | Report Response

"What issues to you see being a problem in the medical field in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"16 y/o female comes to your clinic and asks you for an abortion, what do you do? (after answering) what do you do if her parents already know? (same question others who have posted here were asked before)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is it correct that you took your MCAT in 2003?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a 17 yr old girl came to you and wanted an abortion, what would you do? Long answer short..i basically told her I would not be comfortable performing the abortion but I would still make sure that the patient is well taken care of by another physician. But then the interviewer asked me, What if you were the ONLY physician on staff at the time within 2 hours? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the positives and negatives of our current health care system, and how would you change it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you get a non-compliant patient to listen to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What experiences with patients do you remember from the days when you were a volunteer." More from this Member | Report Response

"Honestly, it was just like a conversation and I don't really remember any questions . . . especially since the interviewer didn't know anything about me and didn't seem to want to" More from this Member | Report Response

"When I go back to the committee to give my report on you,what are some things that you would like me to tell them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be most difficult for you in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there a single event in your life that influenced your decision to become a doctor and if so, describe it." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were the one interviewing, what qualities would you look for in a student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time where you helped someone? (I had trouble thinking of a specific example that was noteworthy though I have helped many people throughout my life)" More from this Member | Report Response

"To talk about ethics in medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Seeing so many kids in those conditions (kids that had just gone through chemo); how did you managed to not get affected by the child's condition and managed to volunteer there?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really that interesting. The questions were all pretty straightforward, i.e. tell me about yourself, etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were a car, what kind of car would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you will handle being married and being a medical student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"2 of them: What's been the most difficult thing for you? What do you think of of recent florida legislature concerning doctors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pick a controversy in medicine and imagine that you are faced with a patient dealing with it. Describe the situation and explain how you would handle it." More from this Member | Report Response

"All about my secondary. They spent a lot of time learning my application... it really showed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was already familiar with the questions from other people that posted their response about this school on this website." More from this Member | Report Response

"If a group of your friends were here what would they say about you? Which of these qualities will make you a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do like and dislike about being a leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What I thought about the recent Florida Healthcare amendments?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Will you be able to work with patients of different religions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any organ of the body, what would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a clinic, what would you want your patients to say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were health czar of the United States, what one change would you make to the health care system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your best friend and name a quality about them that you admire." More from this Member | Report Response

"If a child weighs 66lbs, and the medication calls for 10mg/Kg, how many milligrams do you give the child?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What coping skills did you use to make it through the experience of breaking your neck?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my relationship with one of the physicians who had written me a letter of reccomendation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything that I did not ask that you would like me to present to the committee? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How will your parents handle you becoming a doctor?... stemmed off from talking about my family..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the biggest problems in health care and how would you fix them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the greatest problem facing healthcare today " More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my small magazine." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about living wills? Tell me about your anatomy class. " More from this Member | Report Response

"During the many years of volunteering at X hospital, what patient sticks out most in your mind?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your friends say is your worst quality?" More from this Member | Report Response

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Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
7.25 4

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"The way our third year is setup. It allows to be 1 on 1 with our attending which makes it easier to learn" | Report Response

"There is a sense of camraderie amongst the students, and a very clinical basis which may be detested by those who wish to pursue research/academics, but loved by those who wish to practice in the community." | Report Response

"The people." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"nothing" | Report Response

"1- The administration is pushes family practice, not only to the enthusiasm of the specialty, but also to the detriment of other specialties. The family medicine interest group receives large funding and attention, while the specialty interest groups scrape for funding and have maybe one meeting per year. The faculty has been known to actively deter people from pursuing other specialty interests. 2- All rotations are done in community hospitals, meaning when you leave, you are relatively unprepared to function in the academic setting associated with most residency programs." | Report Response

"The stress involved with medical school." | Report Response

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"not very much" | Report Response

"all course attendance is mandatory" | Report Response

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