The AAP said it found
Dees, who began her one-year term on Jan. 1, to be the most qualified
medical student for the position. Dees, who graduates from the College of
Medicine in May after spending the last two years at the Sarasota regional
campus, is responsible for representing the medical student-members of the
Among Dees’ responsibilities will be developing relationships between the
AAP and pediatric interest groups at each medical school. That work includes
making suggestions on how to structure a pediatric interest group, coming up
with ideas for talks, meetings and panels and suggesting ideas for community
outreach and involvement. She also will help maintain and further develop
the AAP YoungPeds Network, dedicated to medical students interested in
LANCASTER JOINS ORLANDO BOARD
Steele Lancaster, a third-year student at the Orlando regional campus, has
been elected to the Orange County Medical Society board of directors as
Medical Student Representative. Lancaster is joined by 15 Orlando-area
physicians on the 2008 board of directors, including Dr. Michael Muszynski,
dean of the FSU College of Medicine’s regional campus in Orlando.
PRESENTING IN HAWAII
American Counseling Association has invited Ceola Grant, academic support
coordinator in the department of geriatrics, to give a presentation at the
2008 ACA Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hi.
ACA Blue Ribbon Panel on Program Selection chose Grant’s proposal, “Patient,
Physician, Counselor: Helping elderly patients and their physicians to
communicate’’ for inclusion in the conference’s education session.
Grant, a certified rehabilitation counselor, has been an ACA member since
prior to earning her Ed.S. in rehabilitation at FSU in 2005. Her
presentation will help to teach an approach to patient-physician
communications that counselors can adapt in their own work, and to enhance
awareness of multicultural issues that impact how elderly patients interact
with their physicians, especially within the African-American community.
RESEARCH AND WRITING
first-year student at the College of Medicine, joined with Mary Gerend,
Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of medical humanities and social
sciences, to publish a research article in the Journal of Adolescent
research focuses on awareness, knowledge and beliefs about human
papillomavirus (HPV) in a racially diverse sample of young adults.
Chris Sundstrom (M.D., ’06) was chosen as district winner of the American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists Junior Fellow Essay Contest. Sundstrom was
among 77 obstetric and gynecologic residents nationwide to enter the
contest. His essay will be published in the ACOG Green Journal.
STUDENTS CHOOSE RYERSON
Dr. Gene Ryerson
Dr. Gene Ryerson
has been selected in a vote of students as the College of Medicine’s nominee
for the 2008 AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award, which seeks to honor medical
educators who exhibit positive mentoring skills, involvement in community
service, compassion, collaboration with students and patients and model
ethics of the medical profession.
Ryerson is professor and
chair of the department of clinical sciences. He won the Hippocratic Award
for exemplary teaching and compassionate patient care four times as a
medical educator at the University of Florida College of Medicine and also
won the award at the FSU College of Medicine in 2007.
SPEAKING OF HEALTH CARE
To help promote dialogue
about the implementation of a national health care system in the United
States, students in the Class of 2011 at the College of Medicine are hosting
a panel discussion entitled, “Understanding Health Care Systems and
The discussion takes
place Thursday, March 6, 7-8:30 p.m. in the College of Medicine auditorium
at the main campus. The discussion is intended to shed light on terms such
as “socialized health care’’ and “single-payer health care’’ and to assess
current health care reform and what it means for patients and physicians.
Scheduled speakers are
College of Medicine faculty members Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. James
Olcese, along with Tallahassee physician Dr. Byron Tucker.