Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University
Playing five seasons of football at Florida State University encouraged David Castillo to pursue a career in medicine. Specifically, he is interested in family medicine with a sports medicine emphasis. His career began when he was part of the last FSU team to play for a national championship (as a freshman in 2000) and ended with his being named an ESPN The Magazine All-American. While earning his degree in exercise science, David was recognized as the top scholar-athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference when he won the league’s James Tatum Award. He also was named 2006 recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Scholar-Athlete Award and was named to Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society and the ACC All-Academic team. David won a National Football Foundation postgraduate scholarship, a Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship and a National Collegiate Athletic Association Enhancement Scholarship. David volunteered in the Speaking to Youth Role Model Program, with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the American Red Cross and the Dick Howser Center. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the FSU Unity Council. In addition to shadowing physicians, David was part of the Five Star Medical Magnet Program at his high school. “I chose the FSU College of Medicine because of the world-renowned faculty, top-notch curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities and the diverse, friendly and intelligent students,’’ David said.