WHITE COAT CEREMONY
One-hundred twenty students, representing the first full class
admitted at the College of Medicine, will be recognized with the ceremonial
awarding of white coats on Aug. 17. The White Coat ceremony for first-year
students starts at 6 p.m.
at Ruby Diamond Auditorium on the Florida State University campus.
The ceremony and oath of commitment to patient care, compassion and
professionalism remind the members of the Class of 2011 of the dedication
necessary to complete a medical education and underscore the
responsibilities inherent in the practice of medicine. More
HOMECOMING RUN CHANGES
Homecoming 5k run traditionally has been held early Saturday morning before
Florida State’s homecoming football game. In October, the 2007 Homecoming 5k
will be moving to Sunday afternoon to officially mark the start of
homecoming week at FSU.
run, on Oct. 21, is scheduled to end near Doak Campbell Stadium and be
followed by a homecoming pep rally and bonfire, at which time College of
Medicine students will be holding their annual health fair and second-annual
move is expected to create more interest, draw more runners and bring more
attention to FSUCares, a major student-driven outreach program at
the College of Medicine.
Information about race sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting
student coordinator Nicole Courtois (Class of 2010) at
firstname.lastname@example.org or on the FSUCares web site.
that having the race on a Sunday afternoon will greatly increase
participation not only among Tallahassee community members but also FSU
undergraduate students and College of Medicine students,’’ Courtois said.
“All the money raised will help FSUCares sponsor College of Medicine
students who wish to participate in various missions.’’
The FSU College of
Medicine residency programs at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola held
graduation ceremonies in June. Five physicians graduated from the pediatrics
residency program and three graduated from the obstetrics/gynecology program. The
graduation also marked the promotion of 2006 College of Medicine graduates
Dr. Paul Payne and Dr. Chris Sundstrom to second-year status
in the obstetrics/gynecology program and the introduction of Dr. Victor
Hullstrand (Class of ’06) as one of three new first-year residents.
DEEB RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR
The American Diabetes
Association awarded its Banting Medal for Service to Dr. Larry Deeb,
pediatrics clerkship faculty member with the College of Medicine. Deeb
currently is the ADA’s president for medicine and science. He received the
award, named for Frederick G. Banting, who co-discovered insulin, at the
ADA’s 67th Scientific Sessions and National Leadership Council Meeting. The
award recognizes meritorious service on behalf of the association and
Americans with diabetes.
Dr. Les Beitsch
BEITSCH CITED BY PEER GROUP
Dr. Les Beitsch,
professor and director of the Center on Medicine and Public Health at the
College of Medicine, has been named recipient of the 2007 ASTHO Alumnus
Award. The award, presented by the Association of State and Territorial
Health Officers, is considered a prestigious honor reflecting nationally
significant contributions to the field.
ASTHO represents secretaries/commissioners of health across the United
States. Beitsch served as Commissioner of Health in Oklahoma prior to
joining the College of Medicine.
MEDICINE IN THE COMMUNITY
Third-year students at the College of Medicine complete
community medicine rotations each December as part of an educational
endeavor to connect with basic health care needs of average people. At the
Orlando regional campus, the rotation led to something larger when
current fourth-year medical student Jessica Fowler volunteered with Project
part of her community medicine rotation during the third year, Fowler worked at a table at the
project in downtown Orlando. When the city decided to put on four more
events in various corners of Orlando, Fowler recommended students at the
Orlando campus become involved.
result, a group of students joined Dr. Doug Meuser, family medicine
clerkship director for the Orlando campus, checking blood pressure and blood
sugar levels along with providing wound care for some of Orlando’s homeless.
Individuals in need of follow-up care were given an appointment at a local
clinic for the medically underserved.
Several Orlando students volunteered at another Project Homeless Connect
event in July. The first event in December helped approximately 600 homeless
men, women and children with services ranging from finding housing to
getting a driver’s license or flu shot.
Ph.D., M.P.H., director of the Center on Patient Safety, has been promoted
to associate professor in the department of family medicine and rural
health. Menachemi conducts research and teaches in
the areas of patient safety and health care quality. He also teaches
biostatistics and epidemiology to first- and second-year medical students.
Dr. Temple Robinson,
medical director of Bond Community Health Center and course preceptor in
clinical medicine for FSU College of Medicine students, has been named one
of two master clinicians by the International Society of Hypertension in
Blacks. The award is given to medical professionals who make a deep and
lasting impression on peers and members of the community, and who help
overcome health disparities that affect minorities.
Dr. Rosemary Laird, geriatric clerkship faculty member with the Orlando
regional campus, is one of 10 fellows selected to participate in the
prestigious Practice Change Fellows Program supported by Atlantic
program is aimed at building leadership capacity among nurses, physicians,
and social workers who have operational responsibility for geriatric care.
Through the two-year program, fellows receive $90,000 and the support of
local and national mentors to further develop their leadership skills and to
complete a project implementing a new geriatric service line or aging
Practice Change Fellows program is creating a network of specialists
dedicated to influencing health care delivery and improving the health of
Dr. Patrice Callahan, an alumnus of the Program in Medical Sciences at
FSU and a supporter of the College of Medicine, passed away in June at the
age of 41 while working in her Sarasota medical office.
Callahan was one of three physicians in a family of four children. She
earned a degree in biochemistry at FSU before entering PIMS at FSU and
subsequently completing her medical degree at the University of Florida
College of Medicine.