The Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Student Ambassador Program

The Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) Student Ambassador program was started in Spring 2020 to serve as a peer to peer resource for the lower level Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) students. An IMS Ambassador is a student that has either successfully completed one of the IMS majors or is currently an upperclassman in one of the IMS majors. Ambassadors are students who exemplify success in the IMS Degree Program. Lower level students can meet with an Ambassador to discuss everything related to the IMS student experience. Ambassadors can share their experiences with the IMS majors, degree, courses, and seminars. Additionally, they can provide underclassman helpful insight on course experiences, seminar content, academic success, and community engagement. The Ambassadors are here to serve as a complimentary resource to Academic, Experiential Learning, and Pre-Health advising; they are not a replacement for official advising in these areas. The Ambassadors are a resource for current IMS students only. 
 

Meet the 2021-2022 school year’s IMS Student Ambassadors! Ambassadors play several roles within the IMS Division: meeting virtually one on one with IMS Students, participating in the Freshman and Junior seminars, helping with new student orientation, and sitting on IMS student panels. Most IMS Ambassadors have weekly availability to virtually meet one on one with students (see schedule); however not all Ambassadors have meeting availability. Please check the IMS Ambassador Schedule before scheduling an appointment.

Bucag Christelle

Christelle Bucag

Hello everyone! My name is Christelle Bucag and I am a junior majoring in Clinical Professions. I will be finishing my medical school pre-requisites this Spring 2022, will be taking the MCAT this Summer 2022, and hopefully be applying to medical school in this upcoming cycle. During my time at FSU, I really appreciate the intersectionality within the experiences I've had both relating to my identity and my goal of being a physician: between my involvement in the Filipino Student Association (FSA) on campus and assisting local Filipino healthcare workers on the frontlines especially during COVID-19, to advocating for more minority representation and diversity within the Honors Program, to honing my analytical skills in chemistry through protein-tagging research relevant to the medical field. Through these involvements, I've worked under the Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), Presidential Scholars, Asian American Student Union (AASU), Honors Experience Program, and the Chemistry Department to name a few. During my free time, I enjoy cooking, watching K-Dramas, and traveling. I look forward to chatting with you all and I'm so excited to see what the future has in store for you!

Eda Carvajal

Eda Carvajal

Hey everyone! My name is Eda Carvajal and I am a Senior studying Health Management, Information, and Policy with a concentration in Public Health Administration. I am also pursuing a certificate in Emergency Management through FSU's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department. After I graduate I plan on taking a gap year to gain more clinical experience in a hospital setting as an Emergency Medical Technician. During my time at FSU, I have been given the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of Programming for Phi Delta Epsilon, a co-ed professional medical fraternity on campus. I have also gained the experience of being a first responder through the Medical Response Unit and have had the privilege of giving campus tours to prospective students and their families as a University Ambassador. My goal for the future is to become a pediatric physician in Emergency Medicine! In my free time, I love watching movies and listening to music. I am a huge fan of art and love to visit museums whenever I have free time. I am looking forward to working as an IMS Ambassador and meeting all of you!

Eda currently does not have virtual one on one meeting availability during the Fall 2021 semester.

Camryn DeWitt

   Camryn DeWitt

I'm Camryn DeWitt and am currently a senior majoring in Clinical Professions. I have taken all medical school prerequisites along with multiple Psychology and Family & Child Sciences classes. This semester I will be involved in psychology research via DIS. I have also gone through CCMA (Certified Clinical Medical Assistant) training through Health Science Consulting and had an internship in Spring 2021 at Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic and received the CCMA certification in April. I have held various leadership positions within my sorority and another organization on campus. I have worked in an Optometry office while in high school and college, so I have experience working in a health care facility. I have volunteered at Camp Boggy Creek which is for kids with serious medical illnesses. I have also previously worked as a Learning Assistant for CHM 1045. I will be taking my MCAT in September and applying in June of 2022. After finishing medical school, I plan to work in a hospital setting with a focus on pediatrics. 

 

Rocio Diaz

Rocio Diaz

Hello! My name is Rocio Diaz and I am a junior in the IMS program majoring in Clinical Professions. I am Cuban-American and originally from Miami, Florida. At FSU, I've been involved in Global Health research and this past summer received an IDEA Grant to further it. I have also volunteered at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, the Kearney Center, and Westminster Retirement Community. During my time here, I completed my Nursing Assistant certification and have joined the AED Preprofessional Health Honor Society as well as Public Health Brigades on campus. To date, I have finished the general chemistry sequence, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry I, the general biology sequence, physics A, and the freshman and sophomore IMS seminars. After graduation, I plan on taking a gap year and applying to medical school where I aim to become an OB/GYN followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy watching Netflix, traveling, and spending time with my family and my cat. I am thrilled to be part of this program and excited to meet you all!

 

Jake Flaks

Jake Flaks

Hi everyone! My name is Jake Flaks and I am currently a senior majoring in Clinical Professions and will be graduating this December with the goal of attending medical school. Over the past several years here at FSU I have explored many career paths and grown as a person. During my freshman and sophomore year I had initially wanted to go to dental school, but after shadowing numerous dentists I switched to wanting to go to medical school. I became a Certified Medical Assistant beginning my junior year and have worked full time as a CMA at Patients First Urgent clinic since then. Additionally during my sophomore year I conducted research as a part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). I have completed all the prerequisite courses for medical school including all of the Organic Chemistries, Physics, Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistries. I am currently studying for the MCAT and plan on taking it in January 2022 and then will take a gap year. I love to workout, hike, swim, and travel. I look forward to meeting you all this year!

 

Sandra Garcia

Sandra Garcia

Hi! My name is Sandra Garcia, and I am currently a third-year majoring in Clinical Professions. I was born and raised in Miami and am Ecuadorian/Colombian. Once I graduate, I plan on taking a gap year and then applying to Anesthesiologist Assistant School. Currently, I am a DIS student for the Cougle Research Lab as well as the Secretary for Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), of which I have been a member for two years. Additionally, I was nationally inducted into the Hispanic Honor Society. As far as courses go, I’ve completed my Physics sequence (Physics 1 with calculus and Physics 2 without calculus), Calculus 1, General Biology sequence, General Chemistry sequence, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry 1, and up to the junior year seminar for IMS. School aside, I also really enjoy journaling and cooking in my spare time! I’m excited to be able to help other IMS students succeed and answer any questions.

 

Cameron Harkey

Cameron Harkey

Hello, my name is Cameron Harkey and I am a senior majoring in Clinical Professions. I am currently applying to dental schools and am interested in pursuing a career in orthodontics. At FSU, I am a member of the Pre-Dental Society, where I serve as the Wax Workshop chair, and Saving Smiles, both of which are geared to help pre-dental students prepare for dental school. I took the DAT this past summer and am finishing up the last of my prerequisites for dental schools this semester. Some of my hobbies include music, cooking, and outdoor activities. I am super excited to continue in the IMS Ambassador Program and I look forward to meeting with you!

Gabriela Herrerias

Gabriela Herrerias

Hi everyone! My name is Gabriela Herrerias but I go by Gaby. I am a senior majoring in Clinical Professions. I am towards the end of finishing up my pre-medical coursework and will be taking a gap year after I graduate before applying to medical school. In conjunction with being an IMS ambassador, I am involved in many different organizations on and off the FSU campus. I am currently serving my second year as a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) leader for the BIO/IMS colloquium. I am a research volunteer for the Integrative Science for Health Aging research program at the FSU Center for Translational Behavioral Sciences under Dr. Julia Sheffler's lab. I have worked for a year now as a patient care assistant in the surgical care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. I am serving on the PowerofWE executive board as a research committee member. I recently began a volunteer opportunity at STEM4girls, in hopes to assist younger students to feel confident in pursuing STEM courses/careers in the future. This year, I will also be serving as the director of SCURC (Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity), so please come to me for any of your undergraduate research inquiries. I am also a 2nd year member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society. I have been on four mission trips with a non-profit organization called BLUE Missions, which helps provide clean water and sanitation to rural communities in the Dominican Republic (for anyone interested in this amazing/breathtaking experience, please let me know). During my free time, I love to hang out with my friends/family, work out/run, travel, and honestly try anything new and exciting (fun fact: I went skydiving this past summer). I am excited to meet you all and will do my best to provide you with the best resources to help you on your FSU journey! Please feel free to reach out to me and wishing you all an amazing school year!

 

Sarah Jang

Sarah Jang

Hello! My name is Sarah Jang and I am from Baltimore, Maryland. I am a junior majoring in Clinical Professions through the IMS degree program here at Florida State, and I am on a pre-med track. Over the last two years at Florida State, the IMS program has provided me with a plethora of many different opportunities to become more involved within the Tallahassee community. I have been a tutor and a mentor for local elementary school students through the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Big Bend organization, I received a medical assistant certification from Health Science Consulting, and I have been able to shadow a couple of different doctors at the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tallahassee. Regarding anything academically related, I am on track and have completed Bio 1 and lab, Bio 2 and lab, Chem 1 and lab, Chem 2 and lab, Analytical chem and lab, three math courses, and varying electives. In my free time, I love playing tennis, horseback riding, and hanging out with my friends! I look forward to pursuing medical school and becoming a neonatologist one day! I am more than happy to help out with any questions or concerns you may have, good luck this semester!

 

 Isabel Jimenez

Isabel Jimenez

Hello! My name is Isabel Jimenez and I am a senior majoring in clinical professions on the pre-med track. I have completed the general chemistry, biology, organic chemistry and physics series. I am currently taking biochemistry and studying for the MCAT this fall. After graduating in December 2021, my plans are to take the MCAT in March 2022 and enroll in a special master’s program (SMP) for fall 2022. I plan on applying for medical school 2023 cycle. During my time at FSU, I have shadowed physicians at TMHPP Gynecological Oncology Practice and participated in an internship with the TMH Cancer center. My internship helped facilitate the Gynecological Oncology Multidisciplinary tumor board. I have also worked as a medical scribe in the emergency department at TMH. Additionally, I have volunteered for a non-profit called Camp kesem. Camp kesem helps support children ages (6-18) through and beyond a parent or guardian’s cancer. I have served on the executive board and a DEI panelist for Camp Kesem’s National DEI panel. 

I am very excited to be an IMS ambassador and look forward to meeting you all this year. 

 

Nicole Kent

Nicole Kent

 

Hello! My name is Nicole Kent and I am a senior in the IMS Clinical Professions major. I am on the pre-med track hoping to be accepted into allopathic or osteopathic medical programs this cycle. I took the MCAT this summer and have finished all my pre-requisites including physics, general and organic chemistry, various psychology classes, biology, and biochemistry. I became a certified medical assistant with Health Science Consulting following the internship I participated in at a family medicine practice. I have shadowed multiple physicians and healthcare professionals who have solidified my decision to pursue a career in medicine. I cannot wait for this year and am looking forward to assisting underclassmen in any way that I can! Good luck this semester and go Noles!

Braeden Koechle

Braeden Koechle

Hello! My name is Braeden Koechle and I am a senior majoring in Clinical Professions. During my time at FSU, I have been involved with many different activities on and around campus. Some of my favorites include mentoring students through volunteer tutoring, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project, and, you guessed it, being an IMS ambassador. Other areas I am involved in are intramural sports, volunteer basketball coaching, AED National Honors Society, and many different clubs around campus. When I get some free time, I play video games, basketball, chess, and fish. I am currently in the process of applying to medical school. I hope to become a great physician and give back to rural and underserved people wherever I end up.

Haelyn Lahens

Haelyn Lahens

Greetings and humble salutations! I am Haelyn Lahens, a fourth-year IMS student at the phenomenal Florida State University. My major is Health Management, Policy, & Information. I aspire to become a pediatrician after obtaining my Master's degree in Public Health and Medical Degree. I hope to make a difference in the world and advocate for children. My passion is to serve the underserved and provide the best quality healthcare to all walks of life. Some of my involvements for this year include serving on the Homecoming Council at FSU as the Service chair, a Facilitator for STEMS4GIRLS Inc., and a mentor for Big Bend Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Tallahassee community. During my free time, I enjoy swimming, cooking, and doing yoga. In my final year at this institution, I hope to greatly assist the IMS community by passing on the knowledge I've learned during my last three years at Florida State as a pre-medical IMS student. 

 

Jessi Larrinaga

Jessi Larrinaga

Hi everyone! My name is Jessi Larrinaga, and I am currently a senior on the pre-med track majoring in Clinical Professions. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2022, and I am planning on taking a gap year after graduation to gain hands-on clinical experience before applying to medical school. My career goals consist of attending medical school and becoming a cosmetic dermatologist, as I am very passionate about dermatology and skincare! I have taken all of my prerequisite courses and I am involved in various clubs and organizations on campus, such as the Hispanic Honor Society, NHLB, AED, Stay Healthy Student Ambassadors, and MEDLIFE. I have shadowing experience, as I was given the opportunity to shadow a dermatologist and a respiratory therapist. Besides my involvement on-campus, I have volunteering experiences outside of campus, such as remotely being a teacher to a student from El Salvador and volunteering at Tallahassee Animal Services. During my free time, I love to paint, listen to music, take care of my plants, read, and play ukulele! If you have any questions about the IMS Degree Program, which classes to take or with which professors, how to study and/or improve your studying habits, or need general advice, please feel free to reach out to me! I look forward to meeting with you all!

 

Morgan Ling

Morgan Ling

Hello! My name is Morgan Ling, and I am a Junior in the IMS program with a focus in Clinical Professions. I will be studying for the MCAT this year and applying to medical school in the upcoming cycle, as I have already finished all of the medical school pre-requisites. I am from Tallahassee and have worked for over 2 years as an ICU Monitor Technician II, watching vital signs and EKGs, at the hospital I was born at (TMH)! I am also a part of FSU's Greek Life in Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and volunteer at various places, such as Second Harvest, Tallahassee Animal Service Center, TMH, Night to Shine, etc. I was in UROP my freshman year and worked in a biomedical research lab in the FSU College of Medicine and I am currently a research assistant to a project in the department of Family and Child Sciences. I am hoping to purse a specialty in OB/GYN with a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, but I have a lot of interests. I love dogs, spending time with my family, going to Pure Barre, binge Netflix shows, and traveling. I look forward to meeting you all this year!

 

Benjamin Linkous

 

Benjamin Linkous

Hello! My name is Benjamin Linkous and I am a senior majoring in Clinical Professions. During my time at FSU, I have had the privilege of being involved with a wide variety of activities both on and off-campus. Some of my favorites include mentoring students through the Gadsden County and Collier County SSTRIDE programs, working as a certified nursing assistant with my hometown Pediatrician, and comforting families at Big Bend Hospice. My other areas of leadership and involvement include DIS research with Dr. Bangi, Honors Medical Scholars Society, Dental and Medical Services of Leon County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, FSU Honors Program, Honors Experience Program, intramural sports, shadowing, and Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen. During my free time, I enjoy backpacking, gardening, cooking, snorkeling, and playing soccer. I am currently in the process of applying to medical school and I hope to serve Florida’s rural and underserved communities as a compassionate physician.

 

Colin Macapagal

Colin Macapagal

Hi! My name is Colin Macapagal and I am a junior in the Clinical Professions major. I am currently studying for the MCAT, and I will be taking the exam in January. I work at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital as a Surgical Support Technician. I am the president of the Who We Play for organization where we aim to eliminate sudden cardiac arrest. We do this by providing EKG's to students on campus and to members of our community. During the pandemic, I was able to start a virtual program through the VA hospital in my home town where volunteers were able to connect with patients in a virtual setting. I also have volunteered in the Tallahassee community as the athletic leader at Boys Town North Florida as well as the pop-up vaccine clinics that were happening during the Spring 2021 semester. My interests are in surgery, anesthesiology, interventional radiology, as well as cardiology. I joined the ambassador program in order to provide guidance for striving health care providers like myself. I love sports, especially basketball and baseball. I also enjoy cooking, hiking, and the beach! Please reach out for any questions! 

 

Bailey Maholm

Bailey Maholm

Hi everyone! My name is Bailey Maholm, and I am a junior majoring in Clinical Professions. I am originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL and my future career goals are to attend PA school and work in the field of Dermatology. With the time I’ve spent at FSU, I have been involved in various activities on and off campus such as psychology research, neuroscience research, both via DIS (Directed Individual Study), Big Bend Hospice volunteering, the Executive Board of Alpha Epsilon Delta, S.O.A.R. Tutoring Program, TMH child care center volunteer, the UROP Program, and I am a clinical assistant at Dermatology Associates of Tallahassee. I am in the Honors Program and my relevant coursework includes biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus, and various psychology courses. I received my Medical Assistant certification from Health Science Consulting and completed an internship at Dermatology Associates followed by a job opportunity that will lead to a DRAP position (Dermatology Rotation and Practice Scholar), working alongside a Mohs surgeon. With the wealth of knowledge, I learned from the UROP program, working with a neuroscience lab in the College of Medicine, with a specific focus on drug discovery, has provided me with a newfound passion for research as I hope to continue while in PA school. I am so excited to meet you all this semester as one of your new IMS ambassadors!

 

Hunter McLaughlin

Hunter McLaughlin

Hello, my name is Hunter McLaughlin and I am a junior IMS Clinical Health Professions major. I am a member of the medical response unit as well as the marching chiefs. I have worked at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital as a surgical support technician and at Physicians Regional Healthcare Center as a patient sitter. I am currently beginning to study for my MCAT which I plan to take in the spring of 2022. I plan to apply to medical school after I receive my score and do not plan on taking a gap year. I am interested in becoming a physician and specializing in pediatrics or family medicine, but I still want to keep an open mind. I am eager to be an ambassador and I wish you all good luck this semester!

 

 

Emily Mueller

Emily Mueller

Hello! My name is Emily Mueller, and I am currently a junior in the IMS program majoring in Clinical Professions.  I am from the rural town of Monticello, Florida which is about 40 miles East of Tallahassee.  I went on my first medical mission trip to Belize in 2014, which in the following years would become my inspiration for pursuing a career in the medical field.  I plan on becoming a Physician Assistant in the future, and possibly working in family medicine.  Additionally, I plan on taking a gap year after I finish my bachelor’s program.  I am a part of the Honors Program at Florida State, as well as Reach Campus Ministry, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.  Last year I volunteered at Care Point Health and Wellness Center, and I continue to volunteer with Project Belize- a medical mission group, and in the past, I have volunteered with disaster relief teams.  This past December I completed the process of getting my Clinical Medical Assistant License and Certification.  In terms of classes, I have finished the general chemistry sequence, general biology sequence, analytical chemistry, the condensed organic chemistry course, biochemistry, and the general physics sequence.  I am passionate about the IMS program, and I am excited to meet with incoming students looking to thrive in the program.

 

Morgan Neal

Morgan Neal

Hello! My name is Morgan Neal and I recently graduated from the IMS Program in Spring 2021. Before attending Florida State, I graduated high school with my AA degree which allowed me to complete the IMS Program in 3 years. This past summer, I applied to medical school and will stay in Tallahassee to work in the healthcare field during my gap year. While at Florida State, I was involved with many organizations on campus including UROP, Global Scholars, Dance Marathon, Night to Shine, Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, and Greek life. I have experienced peer mentoring through my positions as a UROP Leader and a Global Scholars Ambassador. During my time in Global Scholars, I traveled to a rural town in Peru and worked with an NGO, Oye Lena, on a project helping children with disabilities for 9 weeks. I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you have about my experience as a student in the IMS Program!

 

Caroline Oteri

Caroline Oteri

Hi Everyone! My name is Caroline Oteri and I am a pre-med senior majoring in Clinical Professions. I participated in FSU's First Year Abroad (FYA) Program in Valencia, Spain where I had the opportunity to complete coursework and shadow physicians. When I returned to FSU main campus, I was a UROP student and later became a UROP Colloquium Leader. I am currently conducting research through Honors in the Major with the guidance of Dr. Haiyan Maier and have the privilege of serving as the chapter president of FL Zeta PhiDE, a co-ed international medical fraternity. Off-campus, I became a certified clinical medical assistant (CCMA) through Health Science Consulting and I am now working at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare as a Hemostasis Technician. I plan to take a gap year before medical school. Please do not hesitate to reach out. I really enjoy being an IMS Ambassador and we are here for you!

 

Kanoka Palmer

Kanoka Palmer

Hello! My name is Kanoka Palmer and I am a Junior majoring in Clinical Professions. My current goal is to get accepted and attend a medical school in the year 2023 to pursue my career in medicine. I currently am involved in an internship at the Tallahassee Primary Spine Care. I am also a part of multiple organizations holding various positions including Health Educated Asian Leaders, Fundamentals of Observational Research and Career Experience, American Medical Student Association, Asian American Student Union, and the World-Renowned Marching Chiefs. Since my Freshman year, I have volunteered at the FSU Childcare and Early Learning Program, working with kids in the ages of 6 weeks to 48 months. During the Summer of 2021, I worked as a Patient Care Assistant in the Internal Medicine Department at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where I worked alongside nurses and doctors related to patient needs. I am also a research assistant involved in a project within the Department of Family and Child Sciences. My hobbies include tennis, painting, and baking! I look forward to meeting you all and feel free to reach out to me for any questions!

 

Abby Rodriguez

Abby Rodriguez

Hi! I’m Abby Rodriguez and I am currently a senior. I'm a pre-med student majoring in Clinical Professions. I am applying to medical schools for this cycle, so I have studied for and taken my MCAT and all the core classes required to apply (Organic Chemistry 1 and 2, Physics A and B, Biochemistry, etc.). I aspire to go to medical school after my graduation next spring and then eventually specialize in pediatrics. I also have an interest in potentially pursuing pediatric oncology/hematology. I have previously worked as a summer camp counselor and later worked as the health supervisor’s assistant at the same camp, where I administered medications and performed first aid. At Florida State University, I love to get involved. I volunteer for the FSU Childcare and Early Learning Program and am a member of FSU's Medical Response Unit on campus. Recently I have volunteered with at-risk/foster youths with Boys Town of North Florida in Tallahassee where I taught art and dance. Even during the pandemic, I have taken advantage of resources provided by the wonderful IMS Degree Program to shadow physicians online, including through opportunities offered by FSUShadow. In addition to being an IMA Ambassador, I have been recognized twice as an "IMS Top Performer." I am looking forward to this year and go Noles! 

 

Kyla Roginski

Kyla Roginski

Hi everyone! My name is Kyla Roginski and I am a senior pre-med clinical professions major graduating in December of 2021. In my first few years, I was heavily involved in research in a neuroscience lab on campus as well as Alpha Epsilon Delta, where I held the position of Fundraising Director last year. In my freshman year, I worked as an executive administrative assistant intern at North Florida Women's Care and also served as the Assistant Chair of Outreach to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and March of Dimes. I also have a CCMA certification and currently work at TMH as a hemostasis technician. All my pre-requisites are done so I have taken all of the major science electives and I completed my capstone this past summer. I currently volunteer in the cat room at PetSmart where I help care for the cats and kitties and help facilitate adoptions. I will be taking a gap year after my graduation and therefore will be applying in May of 2022 and taking my MCAT in January of 2022! If you have any questions about the IMS program, classes, or involvement in FSU, please reach out! 

 

Neha Shete

Neha Shete

Hi, my name is Neha Shete! I'm from Tampa, Florida and am a rising junior majoring in Clinical Professions on a pre-med track. On campus, I am involved in the Honors Medical Scholars Society, Medical Brigades, Book It, the South Asian Student Association, and the Honors Program. I have also completed my clinical medical assistant certification as well as a related internship in a family medicine office in Tallahassee. During my time at FSU, I have worked to get involved in community service activities including volunteering as an elementary school tutor through the SSTRIDE program and as an aid at the Big Bend Homeless Coalition. In terms of academics, I have completed the general chemistry, general biology, and physics courses so far and am on track to finish the regular organic chemistry sequence this year. Outside of school, I enjoy exploring Tallahassee and traveling. I'm very excited to be part of the IMS Ambassadors program and to have the opportunity to help other students! 

 

Claudia Silver

Claudia Silver

Hello! My name is Claudia Silver, and I am currently a junior in the Honors Program majoring in Clinical Professions. I am originally from Tampa, FL! During my time at FSU, I have gotten involved in various activities, such as research, the Medical Response Unit (MRU), the Executive Board of Alpha Epsilon Delta (FSU's Pre-Health Professional Honor Society), Big Bend Hospice volunteering, and shadowing. I spent the entirety of my second year completing a Directed Individual Study in Physiological Pharmacology research, and will be spending this entire year continuing my research by completing Honors in the Major, or an Honors Thesis. Additionally, I started my training for the Medical Response Unit here at FSU the beginning of my second year, and completed my trainee semester the second semester of my sophomore year (Spring 2021). I plan to attend medical school and will be applying this coming up summer! I have finished the general chemistry sequence, general biology sequence, physics A & B, and organic chemistry I. I am currently taking organic chemistry II & lab, and plan to take biochemistry next semester. I cannot wait to meet you all this year!

 

Maddy Werd

Maddy Werd

I am Maddy Werd and I have been serving as an ambassador since Spring of 2020. I am in the Honors Program here and am majoring in Clinical Professions. I plan to attend medical school after I graduate, followed by a fellowship in sports medicine. Health and fitness are a huge aspect of my life and I want to continue to share that with others. I have volunteered in multiple medical settings including Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Florida Foot and Ankle Associates, Peace River Center, and Patients First Urgent Care. I interned as a medical assistant where I triaged patients, drew blood, gave injections, and ran tests. I then became a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) once completing my internship and worked at a private practice. In the spring of 2021 I became a research assistant for a psychology project studying the effects of social media on eating disorders. Through working at multiple medical settings, being a research assistant, and multiple leadership positions I have in my sorority I have learned how to be an attentive, objective, responsible, and overall a more passionate leader and student. I am looking forward to helping others succeed at FSU and as always, Go Noles!

 

Karina Zack

Karina Zack

Hi, my name is Karina Zack! I am originally from Miami, FL and am a junior majoring in Clinical Professions on a pre-med track. This is my first year as an IMS Ambassador and I am very excited for what’s to come. After graduating, I plan on taking a gap year and then applying to medical school. I am still unsure of what specialty I will go into but I am currently interested in OB/GYN or Pediatrics. At FSU, I have been involved in NoleMed as well as AED, the Pre-Health Professional Honor Society on campus. I also currently hold a leadership position for AED as the Mentor Program Director. I have also shadowed various physicians in different specialties. To this day I have completed general chemistry I and II, general biology I and II, organic chemistry I and II, and physics A. I am currently enrolled in organic chemistry II lab and biochemistry, and plan on taking physics B this spring. I am very excited to meet you all and I wish you luck this semester!

 

Joanne Zhao

Joanne Zhao

Hi everyone! My name is Joanne Zhao, and I am a senior majoring in Clinical Professions. I have been an IMS ambassador since Fall 2020 and am excited to get to know you all! I have been involved in the Gadsden and Collier County SSTRIDE Programs as a mentor for middle and high school students, and also volunteer at Big Bend Cares. I currently work at a rheumatology practice as a certified clinical medical assistant (CCMA) and previously interned at a family medicine practice. I am also involved in undergraduate research, the American Medical Women's Association, Honors Medical Scholars Society, and Honors Program. I am currently in the process of applying to medical school and hope to work with underserved communities as a family medicine physician. I have completed all of the pre-med prerequisites, so if you have any questions about the IMS curriculum or extracurricular involvement, feel free to reach out to me!

 

 

 

 

 

Please notice that our IMS ambassador availability is based on their provided schedule below, and will vary each semester. The below schedule is for Fall 2021.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a specific ambassador, please remember the day and time they work, and then choose the right time slot when you book the appointment in the scheduling site. 

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  • Please click here to schedule an appointment with an IMS ambassador. Each ambassador's available schedule is listed above.
  • All appointments will be virtual, and you will receive a confirmation email with the link for your online appointment after you complete your appointment booking. Please make sure to find your confirmation email then click "join your meeting" (example listed as below) during your appointment time, then you will be able to talk to the ambassador.
join meeting
  • You can make an appointment up to two weeks in advance with an ambassador in the scheduling site.
  • If you have any questions regarding booking, canceling or rescheduling an appointment, please email IMSadvising@med.fsu.edu

 

  • The application cycle is currently closed.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Erin Cosentino at IMSadvising@med.fsu.edu