FSUCares and Madison Social partnered Wednesday night (Jan. 18, 2017) to raise money for FSUCares, a dynamic medical student organization at the FSU College of Medicine devoted to helping the underserved and underprivileged populations both locally and internationally.
During the 6 to 8 p.m. fundraiser, Jonathan Appelbaum, MD, interim chair for the FSU College of Medicine’s Department of Clinical Sciences, and Edward Corty, first-year student and incoming president for FSUCares, were guest bartenders. FSUCares received all the tip money made that night. Those funds will help pay for the group’s trips to Panama and Immokalee in the spring.
FSUCares’ mission is to provide health services – including medical care, education and counseling – to people who would not otherwise have access to care. It also provides an interactive, clinical learning environment for FSU College of Medicine students.
FSUCares’ international and state medical outreach focuses on a rural village in Filipinas, Panama, and migrant farm workers in Immokalee, Florida, where the College of Medicine has a health-education site.
The group prides itself on local outreach. FSUCares has established a partnership with local organizations such as Neighborhood Medical Center, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium and Maryland Oaks Crossing. Local activities include the annual Migrant Health Fair in Gadsden County, health outreach at the Panhandle Watermelon Festival, and providing care to patients at the Neighborhood Health Services Clinic and the North Florida Homeless Veterans Stand Down.