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Abud honored by Florida Medical Board

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March 2018

Fourth-year med student Arnold Abud has been recognized by the Florida Board of Medicine for “exemplifying the professionalism, moral character, compassion, and intellect essential to the future leaders of the medical profession.”

Dean John P. Fogarty nominated Abud for the Chairman’s Medical Student Recognition, saying, “He is a highly intelligent, dedicated and caring student. He is one of our best, and I am confident that he will continue to develop into an outstanding physician.”

Abud, who has spent his third and fourth years at the Orlando Regional Campus, is dedicated to serving the underserved, the med school’s mission. He has volunteered at the Shepherd’s Hope clinic, which provides medical care to the uninsured in Orlando. He has also embarked on medical outreach trips to Nicaragua and Ecuador.

“It’s an honor to have been even considered for this award,” said Abud. “The FSU College of Medicine has given me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a physician. For that reason, I have always tried to represent myself and the college in the best way I can.”

His various honors, experiences and leadership positions at the College of Medicine include serving as a community outreach chair, a teaching assistant, the Medical Student Council president and the FSU medical student section delegate at the 2015 American Medical Association conference.

“I have been fortunate enough to have had several impactful experiences outside of the classroom during medical school,” Abud said. “They have all served to shape me into a more well-rounded individual and, hopefully, physician.”

One of those experiences, Abud says, was the White Coat Ceremony. It serves as a rite of passage for first-year students into the medical profession, emphasizing the need for both professional competence and human compassion. Also at the annual ceremony, fourth-year med students are inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for embodying such characteristics throughout their med school careers.

“I watched the induction of the Class of 2015 Gold Humanism members and was fascinated by the idea that these individuals were voted by their peers as the ones they would want taking care of their own family members,” he said. “I thought this was one of the highest praises one could receive throughout medical school.”

Three years later, Abud was inducted into the GHHS, which recognizes the top 10 to 15 percent of the graduating class for their integrity, clinical excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service. He also received the Chapman Humanism Scholarship.

“That, along with this award, helped reinforce to me personally that I am on the right track,” he said.

Abud will graduate with his M.D. in the spring and will enter the internal medicine residency program at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.