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Clint Dunn, M.D., and Clarissa Lomonaco, M.D., Class of 2016

These two got married during their fourth year and were a real power couple. Both were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Clarissa was promoted to captain in the Air Force. Clint was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the J. Ocie Harris Outstanding Student Award and the Orlando Campus Dean’s Award. They both went into pediatrics. She matched with the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, and he with Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. They did this interview May 20, 2016.

Ivana Simpson, M.D., Class of 2016

Ivana “Ivey” Simpson was a National Health Service Corps scholar, a Summer Research Fellow and an Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society inductee. At the end of her fourth year, she received the Access to Care Award and the ACOG District XII Outstanding Medical Student Achievement Award. One of her clerkship directors called her “the student you dream of having on your rotation.” Ivey matched in OB-GYN at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She did this interview May 20, 2016.

Kristen Dimas, M.D., Class of 2016

Immokalee was where Kristen Dimas grew up, and it’s where she eventually hopes to practice medicine among migrant families. Her steadfast pursuit of that goal is the reason she received the College of Medicine’s Mission Award. She matched in family medicine with the FSU College of Medicine at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, not far from Immokalee. She did this interview May 20, 2016.

Alejandro Chavarriaga, M.D., Class of 2016

Childhood asthma gave Alejandro Chavarriaga valuable insights into the world of medicine, but it certainly didn’t slow him down – not as a soccer player and not as a student. At the College of Medicine he was president of his class all four years. And at the end of his fourth year, he received the Individual Achievement Award — and matched in general surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. He did this interview May 20, 2016.

Joanna Meadors Hales, M.D., and J.D. Hales, M.D., Class of 2015

These two high achievers met here at med school; they maintained their relationship even though Joanna was at the Orlando campus and J.D. was at the Daytona Beach campus; and they married just before they headed off to the University of North Carolina for residency. At graduation time, Joanna (who had worked three years at the NIH before med school) received awards for altruism in medicine and excellence in pediatrics; J.D. was recognized for leadership and for being the top student at his regional campus. They did this interview May 15, 2015 — about three weeks after they were married, and one day before they graduated.(10m:34s)

Colin Swigler, M.D., Class of 2014

For a year and a half after college, Colin Swigler worked at Outback Steakhouse — because he had doubts about becoming a physician. Well, he certainly overcame those doubts. Just before graduation, he received the J. Ocie Harris Outstanding Student Award. Then he headed off to the University of Tennessee in Memphis for residency training in orthopedic surgery. But he promises he’ll return to Florida. He did this interview May 23, 2014. (8m:36s)

Brett Thomas, M.D., Class of 2014

Brett Thomas was president of his class all four years, received numerous scholarships and had his name called half a dozen times during the pre-graduation awards ceremony. He matched in the family medicine residency program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Sale, N.C., but plans to return to Florida. He did this interview April 28, 2014. (10m:14s)

Jason Boothe, M.D., Class of 2013

At the end of his four years in medical school, Jason Boothe received the Altruism in Medicine Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He did this interview May 16, 2013, two days before graduation. (7m:30s)

Laura Davis, M.D., Class of 2013

Laura Davis, who grew up west of Tallahassee in the small town of Blountstown, took home three major honors from the College of Medicine. She received the Mission Award, was named Outstanding Graduate in Family Medicine and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She did this interview May 16, 2013. (9m:44s)

Zach Folzenlogen, M.D., Class of 2013

This former graphic designer at the Miami Herald became the first College of Medicine student to match in neuroscience. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism honor societies, and he received both the Excellence in Surgery Award and the J. Ocie Harris Outstanding Student Award. He did this interview May 17, 2013. (6m:45s)

Katie Alonso, M.D., Class of 2012

Here’s an excerpt from Katie’s interview: “Having that one-on-one experience with [attending physicians] is irreplaceable. They’re giving every bit of knowledge they have to you. And I don’t think you can get that anywhere else.” (5m:15s)

Ricardo Sequeira, M.D., Class of 2012

Having been an illegal immigrant, Ricardo Sequeira hopes to improve medical care to immigrants and migrant workers. Before medical school, he served as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy. In medical school, he received the Pensacola Regional Campus Dean’s Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He did this interview after he matched in family medicine at Eglin Air Force Base and just before graduation in May 2012. (5m:21s)

Vanessa Escobar, M.D., Class of 2011

At the end of her years in medical school, Vanessa Escobar received the Regional Campus Dean’s Award in Pensacola. She did this interview just before graduation in May 2011. (3m:25s)

Abby Hunter, M.D., Class of 2011

Abby Hunter, who matched in pediatrics at Wake Forest, received the College of Medicine’s J. Ocie Harris Outstanding Student Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She did this interview just before graduation in May 2011. (7m:35s)