Electronic Medical Review - EMR
Spring 2007   


From an initial group of 30 students to enroll in 2001, the College of Medicine is ready to meet its goal in planned growth. A full class of 120 first-year medical students (Class of 2011) will arrive on campus in late May. "This is an important step in the long-term plan laid out for this medical school in the very beginning,'' said J. Ocie Harris, M.D., College of Medicine dean. "Everyone who helped make this happen should be proud. We aren't growing for growth's sake. We have created a quality medical education program and this incoming class will reflect that in the quality of students we are attracting.''

» The Class of 2010 included 104 students



One good way to measure how a medical school is performing is to check its residency match results. Judging by how well members of the school's third graduating class performed on Match Day '07, the College of Medicine is continuing to grow in stature. "That's as fine a match as I've ever seen,'' said Dr. Gene Ryerson, chair of clinical sciences and emcee of Match Day ceremonies. If anybody should know a good match when they see one it's Ryerson. He has been involved with medical education for 30 years. Complete Match Results

» Savita Pai



Before heading to Fort Pierce to begin third-year clinical rotations, Uchenna Ikediobi earned two rare honors for a medical student. Ikediobi was selected to participate in the sixth annual New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School. Soon thereafter, a manuscript she submitted to Academic Medicine – the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges – was accepted for publication. The manuscript tells the story of one unforgettable night spent in a medical clinic in Ghana, and details the need for expanding the nature of overseas medical missions.

» Uchenna Ikediobi in Ghana

FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS College of Medicine faculty members have shared their knowledge with colleagues and students from New Hampshire to California in recent months. They have published articles in journals ranging from Pediatric Emergency Medicine to the Journal of Cell Science. And they have provided expert commentary to mass audiences by way of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service. Faculty achievements


RIDE FOR WORLD HEALTH One last road trip before graduation? Not exactly. Class of 2007 members Courtney Nall and Mason Shamis weren't looking for a self-indulgent getaway prior to the start of residency training. Rather, they joined Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith, professor and chair in the department of geriatrics, for a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness (and money) for local and global health issues. The ride started in San Diego when the trio dipped their wheels in the Pacific Ocean and will conclude at the Atlantic shore following a stop in Washington, D.C. (MORE)

» Starting line: Pacific Ocean

FSUCares PROVIDES AID DURING SPRING BREAK During an FSUCares trip to Mexico in March, College of Medicine students witnessed the kind of compassion in health care often obscured by bureaucracy in the United States. “The nurses, or promotores, that I worked with walk every day throughout the low income neighborhoods providing medical care such as immunizations and well-child checks,’’ said first-year student Christina McCall. “They carry their medical supplies on their backs and when they come to a home that requires their attention, but no one is there, they will come back to the house two or three times before they give up, just to make sure that the people get the care they need.’’ (MORE)

» Jennifer Kinley in Portobelo, Panama

STUDENT RESEARCH WINS AGAIN WITH AOA For the second consecutive year, a College of Medicine student has won an Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society research fellowship. Second-year student Kimberly Thornton will receive a $4,000 award to complete her work after being one of fewer than 50 medical students nationwide selected for the AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship. Closer to home, 23 students submitted proposals in competition for the 2007 College of Medicine Summer Research Fellowships. Recipients of the $2,500 award stipends are: James Boron, Elizabeth Brooks, Amy Butterworth, Eilene Kales, Christina McCall, Naderge Pierre, Bridgette Provost, Kate Ross, Justin Ruoss, Cortney Whittington and Christopher Wilbert.

» Kimberly Thornton

AROUND THE COLLEGE Second-year student Richard Rodriguez has been appointed to the American Medical Association Foundation board of directors. He is the only medical student with full voting privileges on a board that consists of AMA physician leaders from around the country. The AMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the AMA, supports nationwide programs and campaigns in public health, medical education, biomedical research, and community service. His year-long term begins at the end of June during the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago. For more updates on recognition and honors for staff, current and former students see  Around the College

» Richard Rodriguez

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