student highlights in Top Stories.
‘HE’S EVERYTHING WE LOOK FOR’
The remarkable journey of Jimmy Moss from growing up homeless to
graduating from medical school was detailed in a story by Doug Blackburn in
the Tallahassee Democrat, with photos by Mike Ewen. The story quoted
Terry Allen, M.D., at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville,
saying this about Moss: “He's going to be a star someday. I see him 10 years
from now the head of a department somewhere. He's everything we look for in
a med student. He's super bright. He's someone who really wants to learn and
goes out of his way to do it.”
Read the Jimmy Moss story.
PEDALING TO HELP OTHERS
Every spring, fourth-year medical
students get a chance to take a well-earned breather before graduation.
They're done with class work, they know where they're heading for their
residencies, and they get two months to rest up and prepare for the next
phase of their lives and careers. Or, if you're Travis Grace, College of
Medicine Class of 2010, you undertake a two-month, 3,700-mile bike ride.
Grace, who will be headed to Las Vegas to
practice emergency medicine after graduation, is riding with approximately
25 other riders for Ride for World Health (R4WH), a group that raises money
for World Bicycle Relief and HEAL Africa while promoting awareness of global
and domestic health concerns each spring. Grace and his fellow riders began
their journey April 1 in San Diego and are set to arrive May 25 in Bethany
Beach, Del. (On April 21 he sprained his shoulder in a bike wreck and had
his arm in a sling. For a while he'll have to ride in the support van rather
than on his bike. Check his blog for updates.)
Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Grace earned his
undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Florida State University before
entering the medical school in 2006. He's spent his third and fourth years
at the Daytona Beach regional campus, where he chose emergency medicine as a
specialty. While he started biking for transportation after his car broke
down during his first year at the College of Medicine, Grace soon developed
a love of biking beyond its usefulness. Combined with his drive to help
people in need, the Ride for World Health provided a perfect activity to
fill his two months of freedom before he officially becomes a physician.
Read Travis’ blog.
Read a blog that all the riders take turns updating.
Find out how to donate.
IMPRESSIVE STEP 2 SHOWING FOR FOURTH-YEAR STUDENTS
Lynn Romrell, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for curriculum
development and evaluation, reported that the Class of 2010 has a
100-percent pass rate for first-time takers on the USMLE Step 2 Clinical
Skills and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge examinations.
NATIONAL ROLE FOR MICHELLE MILLER
this year’s American Medical Student Association national convention,
Michelle Miller, Class of 2012, was elected to the Board of Regional
Directors as co-director for Region 5 for the 2010-2011 year starting in
June. “It will be my responsibility to act as a
liaison between local chapters in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina
to the National AMSA Board of Directors,” she said. Ken Brummel-Smith, M.D. and
chair of the Geriatrics Department, called her selection “a good example of
a national organization recognizing ‘strength, skill, and character.’”
MAKING THEIR MARK ON AMWA
are highlights from the College of Medicine students’ attendance in March at
the national American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Conference in
* Tiffany Williams,
Region 4 AMWA student coordinator (pictured here), presented a poster titled “Staphylococcus aureus prevalence in Physicians in Training” and won first place in the
Women in Science Award for the poster competition. “I love how you have
created your poster,” Grace Lai of Florida Hospital said in congratulating
* Sarah Mike, the
College of Medicine student branch president, presented a poster titled
“Empowering Displaced Women Through Health Education.”
* Sarah Mike also was
elected national student advocacy co-chair.
* Michelle Miller,
College of Medicine student branch treasurer, was elected national student
* Amanda Rose and
Stacia Kutter were re-elected as national student recruitment co-chairs.
* Danielle Barnes,
the national student advocacy co-chair, attended Advocacy Day on Capitol
Hill with other students and physicians (including Dr. Suzanne Harrison),
meeting with senators and representatives about health-care reform,
including access to health care and women’s health issues.
The College of Medicine had nine students in attendance. In addition to
those mentioned above, the students were Allison Poimboeuf (College
of Medicine student branch vice president), Casey Cable and Katie
Rodby. “Our students have made quite an impression on the
physician leadership of AMWA, and are representing the College of Medicine
well,” said Harrison, M.D., FAAFP, AMWA faculty advisor. “Please join us in
congratulating all of them on their accomplishments and leadership.”
You didn’t hear fourth-year
student Kelly Hodson’s name called at the Match Day ceremony in
March. Like some students before her, she took an alternative to those
matches. She’ll be spending the next year
Palmer Eye Institute in Miami (affiliated with Jackson Memorial Hospital and
the University of Miami) doing clinical research in ophthalmology under the
direction of Dr. Carol Karp. “Specifically,”
she said, “I will be using an anterior segment Ocular Coherence Tomography
machine to scan patients and then analyze results comparing corneal tumors
and pterygium formation.”
selection committee for the Minority Medical Student Travel scholarships has
picked Tanya Anim, Class of 2010, to attend the American
Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting in
May in New Orleans. A travel award will pay for her meeting
registration, airfare or train and hotel stay for
up to three nights.
Tanya Anim also was selected as a 2010 Seminole Torchbearer,
recognizing outstanding leadership and service to the university. Here’s a
sampling of the activities that made her a natural nominee:
She was elected chair of the 2010 National Conference of Family Medicine
Residents and Medical Students by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
She was named National Family Medicine Interest Group coordinator, also by
She served as president of the College of Medicine Family Medicine Interest
Group and as AAFP regional FMIG coordinator.
She received a National Health Service Corps
Scholarship in exchange for serving at least two years in an area designated
by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration as “medically
And she received a $10,000 AMBI® Scholarship in Science & Medicine. The
national program is designed to recognize, reward and support
African-American and Hispanic women who wish to pursue a career in science
LEARNING AT LAKE ELLA MANOR
For four years, first- and second-year
College of Medicine students have volunteered at two Tallahassee retirement
communities, providing a place where residents can bring their health
questions, learn about specific topics and speak one-on-one with a
doctor-in-training. Every semester, groups of about 15 students head over to
each facility four to six times. The residents get free health advice, and
the students gain valuable experience interacting with patients in a
relaxed, informal setting.
On one Saturday morning this winter at Lake Ella
Manor, the white-coated students discussed such topics as body mass index,
blood pressure and daily nutritional guidelines. They had put together
information stations for each topic.
coordinator of academic support in the Department of Geriatrics,
noted that one of the program’s biggest benefits
is the simple act of communication. “It’s just giving the students the
opportunity to feel more comfortable talking to older adults and not getting
the jitters or feeling uncomfortable about asking them about their medical
history,” she said. “The students’ consistency has really opened up the
adults into trusting more. With the students coming in on a regular basis,
it allows them to build relationships.”
Some students interview residents one-on-one so
that, when they begin practicing, they’ll know how to better serve patients
who’ve had a particular experience. That’s good for the residents as well,
Grant said, because they feel they have an impact on the next generation of
are students Brandon Cook and Shannon Scott.)
FOR THE COMMUNITY
It took a small army of medical students to pull
off the activities associated with Cover the Uninsured Week.
(Class of 2013), Shaun-Pierre Hall
(’13) and Meghan Gowens (’12) worked on the kickoff; Gina Obmana
(’12), Sarah Weaver (’13) and Laura Davis (’13), the
panel; Casey Cosgrove
(’12), Leah Williams (’13) and Meghan
Gowens, Journal Club; Michelle Miller (’12), Sarah Weaver
and Eva Bellon (’13), documentary; Christina Brown (’13)and
Jen Owen (’13), Grand Rounds; Gabby Messmer (’13) and Natalie
Williams (’13), Jeopardy; Brandon Cook, Shannon Scott, Amanda
Garnett and Melissa Velarde (all ’13), Service Day; and Eva
Bellon and Leah Williams, PR. Daniel Van Durme, M.D., chair of
the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, was their faculty
advisor. Natasha Demehri
(’12) volunteered to write
an op-ed piece for the Tallahassee
Democrat, as she also had done last year.
The local chapter of the AMA/FMA sponsored a
Maximizing Your Health event April 3 at the College of Medicine. Sarah
Genet, Class of 2013, was quoted in the Tallahassee Democrat.
Andrew Cooke and Ashley Lucke, Class of 2011, are working on
another Capital Park Health Fair this year.
See how Andrew got involved with Capital Park through coaching.
STRIDES FOR SSTRIDE
Four Class of 2012 students, members of the SSTRIDE Connection, came up with
an ingenious way to combine fitness with generosity and savvy marketing, and
they ended up raising $1,300 for SSTRIDE scholarships. They had people
pledge a certain amount for each mile that the students ran in a March
marathon. Daniel Christian and Coley Sheriff finished the
marathon, and Jared Rosenfeld and Diana Mauldin ran a half
marathon. They finished with a total of 78.6 miles. And they succeeded in
raising the profile of SSTRIDE (Science Students Together Reaching
Instructional Diversity & Excellence), the College of Medicine’s primary-care pipeline program.
Jared Rich, also in the Class of 2012, was the one who gave their
publicity photos that distinctive look. “I had a photo shoot with the four
of them in various poses and then I used Photoshop to enlarge the heads,” he
explained. “I wanted it to look eye-catching and a little cartoony, so it
would induce curiosity and make people remember it. I wanted people to see
it and think, ‘What's this all about?’”
Visit the official S4S Web site.
These are the Class of 2013 officers for 2010-2011:
President – Austin Henkel (pictured here)
Vice president – Rich Ramonell
Secretary – Mary Norton
Treasurer – Jessie Walters-McCarthy
Social chairs – Jill Grayson & Luby Sidoff
Historians – Sheallah Palmer & Claudia Zapata
Hospitality chairs – Drew Garber & Brittany Warren
Intramural chair – Carlos Leon
Gala chair – Amy Haddock
IT/Library Committee rep – Matt Moss
Curriculum Committee rep – Souhail Karram