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2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T 35 INCREASING ACCESS TO CARE The Florida State School of Physician Assistant practice 15 months of study at the central campus in Tallahassee prior welcomed its inaugural class of 40 students in August and to reporting to their assigned regional campus location. Also has already accepted 50 students for the second class. The in 2017, PA Program Director Jim Zedaker was named a program hired new PA faculty for each of the College distinguished fellow of the American Academy of PAs and of Medicine’s six regional campus locations, where they Assistant Professor Susan Salahshor was named president will serve as associate clinical education directors: Angela of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. Lindsey (Tallahassee), Ricardo Martin (Daytona Beach), John Byrnes (Orlando), Megan Verdoni (Sarasota), Nicole Cowette (Fort Pierce) and Michael Johnson (Pensacola). Johnson joined the PA program in October 2016 as a founding faculty member. … In January, students in the first PA class received notice of where they will spend their 12 months of clinical site work leading up to graduation in December 2019. All students in the program will complete Zedaker Salahshor GRAND OPENING (SOON) The FSU PrimaryHealth Clinic is on schedule to open in · 2,000 adults over age 65. summer 2018 in a medically underserved community located · 3,500 people who have no health insurance. about three miles southwest of the College of Medicine’s · 7,000 people covered by Medicaid or Medicare. main campus. The clinic will offer pediatric and adult family The clinic will be built on land currently owned by Florida medicine, geriatric care, walk-in visits, urgent care, mental State University with an adjacent parcel to be purchased from and behavioral health services and team-based care to act as a the city of Tallahassee. medical home. The clinic will accept patients who don’t have insurance, “Once completed, the clinic will provide a setting for our faculty to get additional opportunities for patient care while as well as those using Medicaid, Medicare and private teaching our students in an underserved community that really health insurance. Population demographics in the same and speaks to the mission of this medical school,” said College of surrounding ZIP codes: Medicine Dean John P. Fogarty. “This is something we’ve · 18,000 people. talked about for quite a while, and the time is right to take this · 4,000 children under age 18. important step in our medical school’s history.”