M.D. STUDENTS, GRAD STUDENTS, POSTDOCS, RESIDENTS
THAT’S A LOT OF PEDALING
Grayson (Class of 2014), third from the left in the back
row, organized these intrepid pedalers for a good cause: an indoor
cycle-a-thon called Pedaling for Parkinson’s. The medical students raised a grand total of $15,000, which they
donated to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s NeuroScience Center for
Parkinson’s research. Part of the money will help fund student research
being done under the direction of neurology Professor Gerry Maitland,
Grayson said she devised the fundraiser idea after her
grandfather died last year from complications with Parkinson’s. Participants
divided up into teams of six to 12 people, and for six hours one member per
team had to be pedaling. Each team was committed to raising at least $500.
There also was a prize drawing along with other events that raised money, as
well as educational activities.
“We could not have raised this much,”
Grayson said, “without the support of the College of Medicine and Sweat
Therapy Fitness, which donated its gym and instructors for the day.”
FSUCares’ MISSION SPREADS
its spring-break medical outreach trips to Immokalee, Texas/Mexico and
Panama, FSUCares also reaches out to underserved communities in the
Tallahassee area. Recently, it also began expanding its outreach
into the other regional campuses. In January, former
FSUCares officers Melissa Velarde (Class of 2013, Daytona
Beach, second from left in photo) and Sarah Weaver (Class of 2013, Orlando,
second from right) organized
health fairs in Apopka (near Orlando) and Daytona Beach.
organizers participated in both fairs, and they had a lot of help.
Fourth-year students at Apopka were Coley Sheriff and
Jared Rosenfeld. Third-years were Aleksandra
Ostrovskaya, Philip Lin, Raquel
Olavarrieta, Carlos Leon, Omolabake
Bankole, Zachary Hale, Shawn Shah,
Heather Staples and Brittany Warren.
Faculty members assisting in Apopka were Dr. Mark Weatherly, M.D., and Kevin
Sherin, M.D., director of the Orange County Health Department.
third-year students helping at Daytona Beach were Gabby
Messmer, Stephen Cooke, Dale
Taylor, Meghan Fabrizi, Natalie Williams
and Jesse Boodoo. The faculty members who
participated were Luckey Dunn, M.D., campus dean; George Bernardo, M.D.; Wes
Driggers, M.D.; and Sandra Buchanan, M.D.
Also participating, from
the main campus, were second-year students
Mohamed Ashouri, Chirley
Rodriguez and Eleanore Black, and first-years Rachel Mattio,
Ryan Brosch, Crystal Pickeral, Yen
Chau and Chian-Yu Lin.
FSUCares’ mission is to provide health
services, including medical care, education and counseling, to people who
would not otherwise have them and to provide an interactive, clinical
learning environment for College of Medicine students. President John Thomas
(Class of 2014) said the regional health fairs included checking vital
signs, nutrition counseling, diabetic screenings, smoking cessation
counseling, HIV screenings and fluoride treatments. He hopes they’ll
become regular events at each campus.
Williams (Class of 2013, Fort Pierce campus) was co-author of an
article published in the International Journal of Risk & Safety in
Medicine. Title: “Long-term complication: Florida’s death certification
process and long-term care.” She and co-author Hayley Dewey, a College of
Law student, wrote under the supervision of Marshall Kapp,
J.D., MPH, director of the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine
& Law. The article resulted from their summer 2010 project through the
center, with the financial support of the
Department of Geriatrics’ Mathews Fund.
Kapp also mentored
Brittany Lamb (Class of 2014) and College of Law student Sarah
Catherine Spillers on a medical-legal collaborative project, also through a
donation from Dr. Mathews. Their paper, “Is the POLST Model Desirable for
Florida?,” was published in the Florida Public Health Review. The students
also presented poster versions of it at the meetings of the Florida Medical
Association and the Florida Medical Directors Association.
the previous issue of EMR, we reported that Rick Sims
(Class of 2014) had been inducted into the Seminole Torchbearers for his
involvement in and commitment to the university. What we didn’t report,
because we didn’t know, was that he had a lot of company. Here are other
College of Medicine students who were inducted:
- Erin Bascom
(Class of 2013, Pensacola campus).
- Laura Davis (Class
of 2013, Pensacola campus).
- Brian Gordon (Class of
- Laura Irastorza (Class of 2015).
Andrew Lane (Class of 2012, Daytona Beach campus).
Jordan Rogers (Class of 2012, Orlando campus)
Makandall Saint-Eloi (Bridge class, pictured here)
the names we got from Torchbearers officials. If you know of anyone they
left off, please send us an