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. 



Holland Bakker

Hey everyone! My name is Holland Bakker, and I’m originally from Tampa, FL. I’m a fourth-year student majoring in Clinical Professions, specifically on the pre-dental track. I plan on attending Dental School post-graduation and specializing in endodontics. I am taking a gap year after I graduate and plan on working as a Dental Assistant in order to gain clinical experience as well as patient contact. During my time here at Florida State I have served as the President and Founder of Women’s Club Flag Football, served as the Student Director for Climbing Wall and Special Events in FSU’s Outdoor Recreation Department, held a position on the FSU Campus Recreation’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, participated in the Pre-Dental Society, and volunteered at multiple local high schools as a junior varsity and varsity women’s flag football coach. In addition, I’ve shadowed and worked as a Dental Assistant at multiple dental office locations in both Tallahassee and Tampa where I was able to work closely with dentists of different specialties and their patients. 


   Diego Castro

Hello! My name is Diego Castro, and I am a senior majoring in Clinical Professions. I moved to Florida from Venezuela by myself when I was 15 years old to play basketball. I had to quickly learn how to speak English, and I threw myself into the academic community. I received my Associates in Science from Tallahassee Community College and transferred to FSU in 2019. I am currently studying for the MCAT and planning to apply to medical school this upcoming summer. I am a PCA (patient care assistant) at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and I am also involved in fantastic programs such as USSTRIDE, and the Alzheimer's Project. I am so excited to be an IMS ambassador and help as many people as possible in their academic journey!



Cian Cranfield


My name is Cian Cranfield and I am a senior IMS student at Florida State. I work with the SeriousFun Children's Network through Camp Boggy Creek, an organization that serves children experiencing severe pediatric illness. I also work locally with the SSTRIDE program to provide resources and mentorship to underserved middle school students in the Tallahassee area. I am currently applying to medical school and am interested in working with underserved populations as a pediatrician.



Peyton Crutchfield

Hi, my name is Peyton Crutchfield and I am a senior majoring in Clinical Professions. After graduation I intend to take a gap year, then go to medical school with hopes to work in pediatric emergency medicine. Over the last few years at FSU, I have been involved in some very interesting activities both on-campus and off. Some of my favorites include traveling to Guyana with the student-run group Health & Education Relief Organization (H.E.R.O.), working at a summer camp for children with type 1 diabetes, and becoming a certified clinical medical assistant. I have also successfully completed all of the Clinical Professions core requirements, including the traditional Organic Chemistry series. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you!   




Cameron Harkey


Hi, I’m Cameron Harkey and I’m a junior majoring in Clinical Professions. I will be taking the DAT and applying to dental schools this upcoming summer and I’m excited to see where that takes me. Some of my interests include cars, cooking, music, and outdoor activities like hiking, rafting, and wakeboarding. I have completed the Physics, General Chemistry, and Biology sequences and will be wrapping up the Organic Chemistry sequence in the next two semesters. I’m looking forward to being an IMS ambassador and am excited to meet you all. Good luck this semester! 




Lauren Hopson


Hey Everyone! I am Lauren Hopson, a Senior here at FSU majoring in Clinical Profesions planning to attend Medical School. I am taking a gap year after I graduate and will work as a medical assistant during that time to gain some valuable clinical experience. During my time at FSU, I have served as a Celebration leader for FSU Relay for Life, participated in FSU Dance Marathon, volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association, and more. I am also an active member in the Greek community. On top of this, I served as a Teaching Assistant for the IMS Freshman Seminar, IHS1100 Exploring Health Professions, and worked in an evolutionary genetics research lab. Through my undergraduate research experience, I was able to complete my own research project (DIS) in the lab. This past summer, I was fortunate enough to work as a medical assistant at a cancer clinic and work closely with patients, physicians, and nurses.




Braeden Koechle


My name is Braeden Koechle. I am a junior in the IMS Degree Program majoring in Clinical Professions. I will be done with the pre-med track by spring 2021 (biochemistry, organic/general chemistry, physics, biology). I am currently in the process of studying for my MCAT and will take it summer of 2021. I would like to go to medical school in Florida, with FSU's College of Medicine in my top three schools. I think I want to do something in surgery but am still very open minded about what type of medicine I will specialize in. 




Haelyn Lahens


I am Haelyn Lahens, a third student year at the phenomenal Florida State University. My major is Health Management, Policy, & Information. My future aspiration is to become a pediatrician. 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. This academic year I serve on the Cabinet for SiSTEM Society, your number one sisterly STEM organization, as well as the Executive Board of the Black Student Union as one of the Master Coordinators. This year I hope to be of great assistance to the IMS community by passing on my knowledge that I have learned my last two years at Florida State as a pre-medical IMS student. 




Neal Malhotra



Hello, I am Neal Malhotra, a senior in the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Degree Program here at Florida State University. I am a Clinical Professions major and currently applying to medical school, with the ultimate goal of becoming a physician in Florida. My passions include the human anatomy, helping others, and athletics. I hope that I will be able to guide students that have questions that only an experienced upperclassman can answer.



Madison McCraney



Hello! I am Madison McCraney, a senior majoring in Community Patient Care with a focus area in Medical Spanish Interpreting. I recently took the MCAT and have applied to MD and DO schools. I am a Marching Chief, serving as the Color Guard Captain, and am also the Director of Membership for AMSA! I have taken Physics 1 and 2, General Chemistry 1 and 2, Biology 1 and 2, Biochemistry, and the Organic Chemistry sequence. I am so excited to meet everybody and help out in any way that I can. I hope everyone has a great semester and go Noles! 




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 the Honors Program at Florida State, as well as Reach Campus Ministry, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.  This 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.  In December I am beginning the process of getting my Clinical Medical Assistant Certification.  In terms of classes, I have finished the general chemistry sequence, general biology sequence, analytical chemistry, the condensed organic chemistry course, and Physics A.  I am passionate about the IMS program, and I am excited to meet with incoming students looking to thrive in the program.



Caroline Oteri


My name is Caroline Oteri and I am a junior majoring in Clinical Professions. I am on a pre-med track and will be taking a gap year before applying to medical school. I have previous experience as an EMT, shadowing/studying abroad, and as a research assistant. I am also a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). On-campus, I am serving as the President of FL Zeta Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDE) and am involved as a UROP Colloquium Leader.  As for course work, I have completed the Organic Chemistry sequence and will be taking Biochemistry and Physics in the Spring. I really enjoy being an IMS Ambassador so please reach out if you have any questions. I look forward to speaking with you!




Laura Pemble


Hi, I'm Laura Pemble and I am a senior majoring in Health Management, Policy & Information. I hope to work my way up through hospitals or medical facilities in the administration side to eventually become the CEO. I have volunteered with the American Cancer Society and SafeBeat. I am also currently an ambassador for the Career Center and can help assist you with those resources. I have completed most of the core science courses including the one semester Organic Chemistry sequence, as well as some business and management courses. I hope to get my Master's in Health Administration after gaining a few years of work experience. 




Abby Rodriguez


I’m Abigail (Abby) Rodriguez and I’m currently a junior. I am pre-med and aspire to go to medical school and then eventually go into pediatrics. I have previously worked as a summer camp counselor and later worked as the health supervisor’s assistant. At Florida State University, I volunteer for the FSU Childcare and Early Learning Program and am currently in the practicum semester of the process to become a member of the Medical Response Unit on campus. I have completed my General Chemistry sequence, and Analytical Chemistry, along with the General Biology sequence. I am in the progress of completing my Organic Chemistry sequence, since I am currently in lab, but have completed Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 lectures. I’m looking forward to this year. Go Noles! 




Natalie Thomas


My name is Natalie Thomas and I am currently a senior Clinical Professions major. After graduation I plan to go into a Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) program to become a physical therapist. I have been a first responder in the FSU Medical Response Unit (MRU) organization since my sophomore year, and have been an IMS Ambassador since the spring of last year. 



Maddy Werd


I am Maddy Werd and I have been selected as an IMS Ambassador for the Fall 2020 school year. I am in the Honors Program here and am majoring in Clinical Professions. I am currently beginning to study for the MCAT with a 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. This past spring, 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. Through these multiple medical settings 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. 



Ben Wright


My name is Ben Wright. I am a senior majoring in Clinical Professions. As of this August, I have been submitting medical school applications and hope to attend medical school next year. I am an undergraduate researcher in the Gunjan Lab in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at FSU's College of Medicine, currently developing therapeutic strategies for gliomas and breast cancers. I am also active in FSU Best Buddies, where I have formed many friendships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and held leadership positions. I also conduct research on antibiotic prescribing practices at Madison County Memorial Hospital. Other organizations I have been involved with at FSU are Relay For Life and the Catholic Student Union. My interests and hobbies include mindfulness meditation, lifting weights, running, surfing, watching baseball, and reading. I am excited for the opportunity to help other students be successful at FSU. 




Joanne Zhao


My name is Joanne Zhao, and I am a junior majoring in Clinical Professions. During my time at FSU, I have volunteered with the SSTRIDE Program, where I serve as a mentor and tutor for middle school and high school students in Gadsden County, and I have also conducted research at the FSU College of Medicine. I am the President of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) and am part of the Honors Medical Scholars Society. I have completed all of the pre-med prerequisites and hope to attend medical school after graduating next year. If you have any questions about the IMS curriculum or campus 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 Spring 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 provider 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.
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  • 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


  • Please view our recruitment flyer here to get to learn more about what it takes to become an IMS Ambassador.
  • Applications are due April 9, 2021 and will be reviewed by a committee of IMS Advisors. Students who are selected to be an Ambassador will be contacted by April 23, 2021 via their FSU student email. There will be information about training included in the acceptance email.

  • Here is the link to the Ambassador Application.

  • If you have any questions, please contact Erin Cosentino (