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Two prestigious awards were given out Oct. 28, when the Fort Pierce Regional Campus of the Florida State University College of Medicine gathered its faculty members for a night of appreciation and celebration of their 10th anniversary. The event took place at Tradition Town Hall in Port St. Lucie.

The regional campus faculty is composed of over 250 active Treasure Coast physicians who take turns teaching 40 third- and fourth-year medical students. The students work one-on-one with the physicians and gain clinical experience through seeing patients in the local hospitals, surgery centers, physicians’ offices and other ambulatory care facilities.

Two faculty members received special awards. One, titled Guardian of the Mission, is for a physician whose activities have furthered the college’s mission: to “educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority and underserved populations.” Dr. Juliette Lomax-Homier presented this award to Moti Ramgopal, M.D., infectious disease physician at Associates in Infectious Disease and the Midway Immunology and Research Center. Ramgopal has been a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Fort Pierce Regional Campus since 2008 and teaches many of our fourth-year students in internal medicine and an infectious disease elective. He conducts extensive clinical research and collaborated with one of our medical students on two publications. In addition to his dedication to his local patients, he also volunteered in Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake in 2010. For his commitment and dedication to providing outstanding care and his philanthropic work, he earned the Frist Humanitarian Award in 2013 from the Hospital Corporation of America.
One student commented, “He is a very dedicated physician. He is extremely knowledgeable and loves to teach. I am always impressed at his ability to come up with diagnoses and treatments on rare diseases. He is held in high regard by other physicians who frequently come to him for medical advice. He is patient with students and allows them to be actively involved in the care of patients. He is very challenging.”

The other award, Outstanding Community Faculty Educator, is for exemplary achievement in meeting student educational needs, working collaboratively, dedication to the curriculum principles and enthusiasm for teaching. Nicholas Karr, fourth-year student, presented this award to Diego Maldonado, M.D., internal medicine hospitalist physician at Indian River Medical Center. Maldonado has been a Clinical Assistant Professor with the FSU Fort Pierce campus since 2012. He teaches many of our fourth-year students in their internal medicine sub-internship course and the pulmonary medicine/critical care elective. Students commented, “He allows student to get a hands on experience. Truly simulates an internship experience. He practices evidence based medicine and patient-centered care. He made sure to prepare me for residency. He exposed me to not only patient care, but also procedures, end of life discussions and much more.

In photo, L-R: Dr. Diego Maldonado, Outstanding Community Faculty Educator and Dr. Moti Ramgopal, Guardian of the Mission