Florida State College Provost Jim Clark has named Dr. Alma Littles interim dean of the Faculty of Medication. The appointment will start Feb. 1.
Littles, who has served as senior affiliate dean for medical training and educational affairs on the medical college for practically 20 years, succeeds Dr. John P. Fogarty. Fogarty is retiring after 14 years because the Faculty of Medication’s dean.
“Dr. Littles is assuming this position at an thrilling time for the Faculty of Medication,” Clark stated. “Her lengthy tenure at FSU mixed along with her relationships with the native well being care group make her a great match to steer the school, and we’re grateful that she is keen to tackle this problem.”
Littles grew up in Quincy because the youngest of 12 kids and returned there following medical college to offer major care in an space the place such medical suppliers have been scarce. The FSU Faculty of Medication was created to supply extra major care physicians, particularly those that would take care of older sufferers and sufferers in rural and minority communities.
“The medical college’s mission appeared like my life story,” Littles stated. “I used to be from a rural space, and I used to be within the well being care of individuals from rural areas and in recruiting extra college students from these locations into medication. The phrases within the mission assertion about serving underserved communities have been like they have been written for me.”
After graduating from the UF Faculty of Medication, Littles accomplished her household medication residency at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, later returning to function this system’s director. She turned the appearing after which founding chair of the Division of Household Medication and Rural Well being not lengthy after the FSU Faculty of Medication was created throughout the 2000 legislative session.
“Rising up, and having practiced medication in a small, rural Florida city, I used to be conscious about the wants concerning physicians offering major care and serving residents in rural and different underserved areas of the state,” Littles stated. “It was my recognition of and dedication to this objective that motivated me to go away the patient-care setting I beloved to maneuver to the FSU Faculty of Medication.”
She additionally turned appearing dean of the Tallahassee Regional Campus when the primary cohort of third-year medical college students at FSU went out into group settings to finish their required and elective rotations. The faculty additionally went on to open regional campuses in Daytona Seashore, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Pensacola and Sarasota.
In her position as a senior affiliate dean, Littles has led the school’s accreditation efforts, the event and evolution of its curriculum and the growth of its community-based training mannequin that differs from the overwhelming majority of medical faculties.
FSU’s mannequin sends college students throughout Florida for one-on-one, apprenticeship model clerkships with established group physicians. Most medical college students within the U.S. full their clerkships in a big educating hospital or educational medical heart. The objective at FSU is to additionally expose college students to the position of group physicians and the worth these people have in a affected person’s life.
From its preliminary class of 27 graduates in 2005, the school has produced 1,721 M.D. alumni, and not too long ago graduated its fourth class of doctor assistants. Greater than 1,000 FSU alumni physicians are actually in apply (with greater than 500 of these in Florida) whereas others are finishing residencies and fellowships. Practically 200 PA graduates have additionally entered the workforce.
Littles assumes management of the school at a crucial juncture. FSU is partnering with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and the St. Joe Firm to develop an instructional well being care campus situated on an 87-acre parcel close to Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, a 55-plus group deliberate for 3,500 properties in Panama Metropolis Seashore.
The campus initially will embrace an ambulatory and pressing care heart, for which a groundbreaking ceremony will happen Jan. 17. Future improvement plans embrace the development of an pressing care heart and a 100-bed inpatient facility in a area the place the closest hospitals are 30 to 45 minutes away.
The college is also making ready for the event of a brand new educational analysis constructing in Tallahassee with a $125 million appropriation from the Florida Legislature.
“The FSU Faculty of Medication can develop into a medical college that demonstrates the efficient coexistence of a powerful medical training program, strong analysis program, and formidable medical school apply with out shortchanging success in all areas,” Littles stated. “Along with its sturdy instructional applications, our medical practices might want to develop in a way that meets the medical college’s mission and objectives for affected person care, offers medical training websites for college students and residents, and contributes to the rising medical analysis initiatives.
“The medical practices of school on the regional campuses present a wealthy useful resource for medical and translational analysis and training and require continued nurturing to permit the medical college to advance data within the twenty first century.”