M.D. STUDENTS, GRAD STUDENTS, POSTDOCS, RESIDENTS
See which students took part in spring-break
trips to Nicaragua, Panama, Immokalee and Texas.
STUDENT’S BOOK AND APP HONORED
just keep getting better for Francoise Marvel, medical
student and digital inventor. First, her “Madruga and Marvel’s Medical Black
Book” and the corresponding app were unveiled to rave reviews. Then, in
March, the app was recognized with an Excellence Award at Florida State
University’s DigiTech Awards Ceremony. In fact, in a speech that evening,
FSU President Eric Barron specifically identified her app
as an outstanding example of FSU’s student innovation in technology and
potential to make a positive impact on the medical community and patient
Readers of the medical school websites of Florida State and the
University of Central Florida know that Marvel, a fourth-year student at the
FSU medical school’s Orlando campus, transformed her internal-medicine
mentor’s notes into not just a book but also an app that people could access
from their iPhone, iPad or other devices. Her mentor and co-author was
faculty member Mario Madruga, M.D., director of Orlando
Health’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. His 20-year collection of
medical wisdom gave rise to this “Guide to Differential Diagnosis,
Mnemonics, and Clinical Pearls.”
The DigiTech award was for a mobile
application judged on usefulness, user experience, visual design and
Read the original story on our website.
Learn more about DigiTech.
GORDON ON NATIONAL AAP SUBCOMMITTEE
(Class of 2015) was selected to be on the Medical Student Subcommittee of
the American Academy of Pediatrics. His two-year term runs through 2013.
Among other things, subcommittee members are responsible for producing new
material and resources for medical students interested in pediatrics and for
finding available grant, research, poster-presentation, loan and conference
STRONG SHOWING AT ACP MEETING
Six third-year College of Medicine students were selected to present their
research in March at the American College of Physicians meeting in Orlando.
They were Ashley Dlugokienski (Sarasota campus), “An
Unusual Presentation of Hand Pain”; Brittany Jackson
(Sarasota campus), “Unusual Treatment of Incessant Polymorphic Ventricular
Tachycardia by Desynchronization of the Ventricles Using an Implantable
Cardiac Defibrillator”; Andrea Taylor and
Garrett Brown (both Sarasota campus), “Bilateral Paramedian
Thalamic Infarction: Occlusion of the Artery of Percheron”;
Cindy-Sue Turco (Daytona Beach campus), “Repetitive and Stereotyped
Movements (RSM) and Gait Disturbances in 11 Toddlers with Autism Spectrum
Disorder (ASD)”; and Kathryn Winn (Sarasota campus), “A
Surprising Discovery in a Case of Suspected Acute Cholecystitis.”
Fourth-year student Bryan Garcia (Orlando campus) presented
“Brainstorming: a diagnosis – Disseminated Nocardiosis masquerading as
metastatic disease.” He submitted the poster with Brenda Ernst, M.D., a
resident at Orlando Health, and Jorge Parellada, M.D.
See which alumni also participated.
POLITICS OF HEALTH CARE
from the College of Medicine traveled to Washington, D.C., to learn more
about the political side of health care as members of the Medical Student
Section of the American Medical Association (AMA). The second-year students
were (from left in photo) Justin Mauldin,
Eleanore Black, Brittany Lamb,
Rick Sims and Kim Truong. During their visit they
met with aides, chiefs of staff or health-care advisors for various Florida
members of Congress.
“We all left with a better understanding of the
issues that face our future, and the impact we can have now, as medical
students, in shaping the future of medicine,” said Sims, vice president of
the College of Medicine’s AMA chapter. “We were advised on the issues,
taught how to effectively communicate with political leaders, and were given
a glimpse, by spending a day on the Hill, of what goes on at the nation’s
ALMS ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS
are the 2012-13 officers for the Association of Latino Medical Students:
Rennier Martinez, president; Elizabeth Giangreco,
vice president; and Cesar Garcia-Canet, treasurer.
FSUCARES, TOO, NAMES NEW LEADERS
These are the
2012-13 officers for FSUCares: Nicole Miller,
president; Tiana Monostory, vice president; Jonny
Salud, treasurer; and Kristen Valencia, secretary.
THANKS FROM GADSDEN SCIENCE FAIR
students Courtney Paradise and Jose Barquin
were praised for helping Gadsden County revive its science fair. Gadsden
faces numerous economic challenges that have contributed to failing schools
and high dropout rates. The science fair had been discontinued several years
ago. Late last year, teacher Anthony Clum wrote to the College of Medicine,
asking whether any faculty members or students could help bring it back.
“The FSU med program has been a real help to us,” Clum wrote in February,
after the fair, “including Dr. Michael Blaber serving on
our Scientific Review Committee. Many med students volunteered to help. We
want to especially thank Ms. Paradise and Mr. Barquin for judging this
year…. They are remarkable individuals and gave a lot of input for us to
improve upon our fair next year.”
… AND FROM VOLUSIA
Third-year students Monica Chatwal
and Andrew Calzadilla (Daytona Beach campus) were thanked
in the Volusia County Medical Society newsletter for representing the group
as judges in the county science fair.
GRAD STUDENTS & POSTDOCS
ACCEPTS FACULTY POSITION
Rikki Corniola, Ph.D.
(neuroscience/BMS, 2010 and former member of the Levenson
lab), who became a postdoc at Stanford University, recently accepted a
faculty position at California Northstate University College of Medicine.
She is now an assistant professor of biochemistry and nutrition.
MANOJLOVIC RECEIVES AWARD
Zarko Manojlovic is the
recipient of a 2011-2012 Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award from
Florida State University. Manojlovic, a graduate student in Biomedical
Sciences, was recognized at an awards ceremony in April for his research and
creative productivity in the area of natural and physical sciences. The
focal point of his research is liver fibrosis, working under the direction
of Associate Professor Branko Stefanovic.
Manojlovic also recently
received a three-year National Institutes of Health grant for his research
project, “The translation and regulation of type I collagen in liver
fibrosis as a target for new drug development.”