Local Physician Receives Award


Dr. Steven Spence receives the Mission Model Award from Florida State University College of Medicine. The Tallahassee Regional Campus presents this award annually to a clinical faculty member for distinguished participation in activities that model the mission of the Florida State University College of Medicine: to educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority and underserved populations.

The Rural Program began in 2005 with one student and Dr. Spence began as the Rural Clerkship Administrator in 2008. Dr. Spence coordinates and supervises each of the six required clinical rotations for up to four medical students each year. Dr. Spence also teaches all of the students directly every Wednesday during the Doctoring 3 course as well as individual students on an eight week Internal Medicine clerkship.

According to the award, Dr. Spence is a vital component of the rural experience. Former medical students appreciate his tireless efforts to enhance the educational experience and describe him as the “glue that has made the program a success”.

Other comments from former students include: “Dr. Spence challenges us in ways that encourage professional growth”, “he is sincerely interested in the well-being and success of all his students”, “he encourages critical thinking skills”, “he is an excellent role model”, “he is very patient-centered”, “he has a great enthusiasm for the practice of medicine”, and “he is inspirational.”

Dr. Spence attended medical school at both the PIMS Program at FSU and the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. He specialized in internal medicine at Shands Hospital and the Malcolm Randal VA Medial Center in Gainesville, Fl. Dr. Spence returned to Marianna in 2001 his practice became Internal Medicine Associates of Jackson Hospital in 2006. He is married to Jennifer Payne Spence and has two sons, Steve (15) and Parker (13).

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