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Tallahassee Democrat

Employees and students 65 and over began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Florida State University. “This is a true example of what can come together through collaborative partnerships,” said Dr. James C. Zedaker, director of the PA program who is also leading the university’s testing and vaccination programs.

FSU News

Employees and students 65 and over began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Florida State University. “This is a true example of what can come together through collaborative partnerships,” said Dr. James C. Zedaker, director of the PA program who is also leading the university’s testing and vaccination programs.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sarasota Memorial Hospital held a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at its Internal Medicine clinic in Newtown, which houses an FSU College of Medicine internal medicine residency program.


Karen Geletko, research faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, was featured in WalletHub's article about the cost of smoking by state. She spoke about effective strategies to quit, the regulation of e-cigarettes, and how state and local authorities can encourage people to quit smoking.

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IDSE Infectious Disease Special Edition

Patients with multidrug-resistant HIV currently make up a smaller but still challenging part of the population living with HIV. With careful monitoring and new drugs coming, providers can still help their patients. Jonathan Appelbaum, a professor and the chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Florida State University College of Medicine, commented on the new drugs.

The National Interest

To date, the United States has witnessed more than 356,000 deaths over the past eleven months of the pandemic—by far the highest total for any country worldwide. Fifteen medical experts including the FSU College of Medicine's Daniel J. Van Durme, chief medical officer of the Florida State University COVID Program and senior associate dean for clinical and community affairs,  spoke to The National Interest about what to expect next.

Spectrum News 9

The COVID-19 pandemic’s worst months could still be ahead as a variant found in the United Kingdom has been identified in a handful of states across the country. The new strain has doctors worried.

“It’s more transmissible; it appears in people under the age of 20 and more transmissible in children,” said Michael Muszynski, former dean of the College of Medicine's Orlando Regional Campus.

Tampa Bay Times

An article from the Tampa Bay Times discusses the confusion surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine - including who is eligible, and where they can be distributed. 

College of Medicine Professor Leslie Beitsch, a former Oklahoma commissioner of health and former deputy secretary for the Florida Department of Health, said that while state and local officials must “do better” with vaccine rollout and communications, the public must also have patience.

Verywell Health

College of Medicine Professor Zucai Suo was quoted in an article about the COVID-19 vaccination plan. The first phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution will prioritize healthcare workers, residents of assisted living facilities, essential workers, adults ages 65 and older, and adults with high-risk medical conditions, in that order. It began in December and will likely run until April, May, or June, after which members of the general population may be eligible for vaccination.

Tallahassee Democrat

For caregivers of loved ones with dementia, holidays can often bring on additional confusion and anxiety.

ACTS 2 coordinators and past participants want to remind caregivers that the 2020 holidays can still be meaningful, calm and enjoyable for loved ones with dementia, their family care partners, and extended families. ACTS 2 – shorthand for African-American Alzheimer’s Caregiver Training and Support Project 2 – offers free, faith-based, skills-training and support for caregivers and is housed at the Florida State University College of Medicine.

FSU News

For the fifth consecutive year, Florida State University employees claimed a total of 14 Florida TaxWatch Productivity Awards, the most by any institution in the State University System. The Florida TaxWatch Productivity Awards recognize and reward state employees and workgroups who find ways to improve services, increase efficiencies and save Florida taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

The College of Medicine's database administrator, Andres Castaneda, won the award for increased efficiency related to the college's student applications. 

Bay News 9

Federal approval of an emergency use authorization for Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is imminent, and shipments could go out to states, including Florida, for local distribution just days later. There are dozens of coronavirus vaccines being tested. But of the two that the federal government is funding — Pfizer and Moderna — both are very similar. Florida State University infectious disease expert and former Orlando Regional Campus Dean Michael Muszynski says because both were made using similar manufacturing methods, and both show a high level of effectiveness — about 95% — he says people really have no reason to prefer one or the other and should get the one that’s available to them first.

Psychology Today

Assistant Professor Martina Luchetti, who studied loneliness and perceived support this year during stay-at-home orders, commented on the human need for connection amid COVID-19 in a Psychology Today article.

FSU News

In recognition of his decades-long contributions to the biomedical field both through academia and the corporate world, Assistant Vice President for Research Eric Holmes has been named to the National Academy of Inventors.

Pediatric News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health & Human Services aim to release new dietary guidelines by the end of 2020. For the first time, the guidelines are mandated to include dietary recommendations from birth to 24 months and for women who are pregnant or lactating.

Ahead of the release of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Joan Younger Meek, dean of the College of Medicine's Orlando Regional Campus, discussed parts of the scientific report at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, held virtually this year.

FSU News

Florida State University College of Medicine Professor Zucai Suo is available to comment on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

FSU News

In exchange for a full-ride through medical school, first-year student Sheena Chege has promised to practice primary care in a medically underserved community for four years after residency.

Tallahassee Democrat

The College of Medicine will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. with a virtual ceremony.

FSU News

It has been two decades since the Florida State University College of Medicine was established.

The college will commemorate its 20th anniversary with a virtual ceremony Friday, Nov. 6. The event will recognize Myra Hurt, who served as the college’s acting dean when it opened, and the college’s Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The event also will serve as a virtual reunion for alumni.

Psychology Today

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, social-distancing regulations have pushed individuals into isolation rather than proximate relationships. In an interview with Psychology Today, Assistant Professor Martina Luchetti sheds light on her research on how social support and human resilience have overcome increased loneliness despite the regulations.

PR Newswire

The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency at BayCare Health System in Winter Haven welcomed its inaugural class of residents this summer.  

The first six residents of the Winter Haven program – Dr. Marvin Dieujuste, from Fort Lauderdale; Dr. Brian Greene, from Reno, NV; Dr. Feisal Hamam, from Paterson, N.J.; Dr. Trevor Owens from Cocoa; Dr. Ravi Patel from Bonifay and Dr. Dianna Pham, who was raised in Winter Haven – are learning more about the family medicine specialty during a three-year stint.

"We wanted people with strong medical knowledge, but they also need to have a passion for caring for the whole person. They also have to be a good team player who is able to interact well with everyone, from pharmacists to nurses and everyone on the patient journey," said founding program director Nathan Falk.

Log Cabin Democrat

Cardiologist Lensey Scott, a 2006 M.D. graduate of the FSU College of Medicine, recently joined the team at Baptist Health Heart Institute/Arkansas Cardiology-Conway.

Tallahassee Democrat

Dance Marathon at Florida State University hosted its sixth annual Florida Statement fundraising push on Oct. 27. Florida Statement took place over the course of 26.2 hours with a goal of raising $424,000.

At the center of this year’s Florida Statement is Leon county and its surrounding counties and the medical needs provided by DM at FSU through FSU’s College of Medicine Pediatric Outreach Program.


Tallahassee clerkship faculty member Ronald Saff was quoted in a Healthline article about knowing the difference between allergy symptoms, COVID-19 and wildfire smoke irritation.

Tallahassee Democrat

The College of Medicine's M.D. Class of 2024 will receive their white coats during a virtual ceremony on Friday, Oct. 16.


When the pandemic hit, mental health professionals predicted lockdowns and social distancing would result in a wave of loneliness. But researchers who study loneliness, including the College of Medicine's Angelina Sutin, say that hasn't happened.

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FSU News

Sanjay Kumar, an associate professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Sciences, and his team are paving the way toward finding effective therapies for this disease.

He and his team found a mechanism in the brain responsible for triggering epileptic seizures. Their research indicates that an amino acid known as D-serine could work with the mechanism to help prevent epileptic seizures, thereby also preventing the death of neural cells that accompanies them.


A team of researchers from the Florida State University College of Medicine has found that an amino acid produced by the brain could play a crucial role in preventing a type of epileptic seizure. Temporal lobe epileptic seizures are debilitating and can cause lasting damage in patients, including neuronal death and loss of neuron function. Sanjay Kumar, an associate professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Sciences, and his team are paving the way toward finding effective therapies for this disease.

Men's Health

Christie Alexander, associate professor at the FSU College of Medicine and president of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, helped formulate a cheat sheet for Men's Health to outline the most common symptoms for the cold, flu and COVID-19, and offered some tips on what to do if you feel under the weather.

Tallahassee Democrat

An article in the Tallahassee Democrat discusses how the COVID-19 crisis has aggravated domestic abuse situations with stress and stay-at-home orders to prevent spread of the virus.

While calls to Refuge House’s hotline numbers are down about  30% — from an average of 300 calls from within Leon County to about 200 — the decline signals trouble. Victims, particularly ones throughout the rural Big Bend, aren’t reaching out as much as they were. 

College of Medicine Professor Suzanne Harrison commented on the lack of resources victims in rural areas have.

“They don’t have the same degree of resources that you might have in a more urban area,” says Dr. Suzanne Harrison, a rural and family medicine doctor who teaches at the Florida State University College of Medicine.


Big Bend CARES provides assistance to people living with HIV and conducts HIV prevention and education programs to the general community in the Tallahassee area. During the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has helped HIV patients get the help and support they need, says Jonathan Appelbaum, chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Medicine.

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Christie Alexander, associate professor at the College of Medicine and president of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, discussed this year's cold and flu season in an article.

Contagion Live

A new study of teenagers and young adults living with HIV found they are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices when intervention counseling is delivered in a clinic setting, rather than a community setting.

The new study, published in JAMA Open Network and co-authored by Sylvie Naar, found young people living with HIV had higher viral loads when their counseling was delivered at home. 

News Medical

A study published in the Journal of the Medical Directors Association demonstrated that a partnership between long-term care organizations in two countries working in collaboration with researchers and national health care organizations can generate changes that improve quality of care for residents. Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics Paul Katz was a co-author on the study.

Associated Press

Comments from Les Bietsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Science and Social Medicine, were included in a recent Associated Press article about Florida's public health system and its impact on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington Post

Amid a pandemic, five separate medical task forces for five separate major college football conferences have had to analyze the potential safety and health concerns associated with having a college football season. Les Beitsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the FSU College of Medicine is one of the 15 panelists (plus one alternate) advising the ACC.

FSU News

As Florida State University students return to school this fall, new COVID-19 protocols and programs await them as the university works to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community. 

A pillar of this effort is the Secure Assessment for FSU Exposure Response (SAFER) initiative. 

The program aims to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through contact assessment, while providing support for students, staff and faculty who have been exposed or tested positive for the virus.

Identifying close contacts is key to halting the spread of the virus, said Emily Pritchard, . Pritchard, FSU’s liaison to the Florida Department of Health for COVID-19 and research faculty member in Biomedical Sciences at the FSU College of Medicine is the administrative lead for the SAFER initiative. Senior Associate Dean Daniel Van Durme, the chief medical officer for the COVID-19 testing program, said determining whom infected persons might have come in contact with is crucial to halting spread.


An article from the AAMC reads, in part, "When Daniel Alban heads back to Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine next week, the second-year student says he’ll be excited but also somewhat nervous. Since COVID-19 ended his in-person classes months ago, so many aspects of medical education have changed — from strict safety protocols to dramatically different modes of learning.

'The upcoming semester feels like a test run for all of us, maybe even a bit of a mess,' Alban says. 'But we’re up to the challenge. Students are resilient.'"

The Corvallis Advocate

A group of historians including Associate Professor Joseph Gabriel recently collaborated on a round-table conversation about what they've learned from the world’s response to COVID-19, as well as themes that teachers and professors can use to encourage future discussion of COVID-19 in the classroom. An article from the Corvallis Advocate summarizes the group's viewpoints.

Tallahassee Democrat

Care Point Health & Wellness Center has launched a new partnership with the Florida State University College of Medicine, bringing three staff physicians to their full-time clinic team of providers. 

Neuroscience News

A new study suggests that adults experienced few changes in “Big Five” personality traits as a result of the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. Associate Professor Angelina Sutin of the Florida State University College of Medicine and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on August 6, 2020.

FSU News

Florida State University researchers received a record level of funding in the 2020 fiscal year, bringing in $250.1 million in grants from federal, state and private sources.

The quarter-billion milestone in research funding is more than $16 million higher than the previous record, which FSU posted in fiscal year 2019.

Cornell Chronicle

Dr. Sallie Permar, a physician-scientist who investigates the prevention and treatment of neonatal viral infections, and Dr. Stephen Patrick, a 2007 FSU College of Medicine alumnus and neonatologist focused on the impact of the opioid epidemic on pregnant women and infants, have been jointly awarded Weill Cornell Medicine’s fifth annual Gale and Ira Drukier Prize in Children’s Health Research.

The Drukier Prize, which honors early-career pediatricians whose research has made important contributions toward improving the health of children and adolescents, was established in 2014 as part of a $25 million gift to Weill Cornell Medicine.

Tallahassee Democrat

Since its inception in 2015, the Autism Navigator program, which is housed in the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine, has offered the bulk of its services online, which has proven invaluable during the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns.

Central Florida Health News

For the past couple of years, BayCare’s Winter Haven Hospital has been working with Florida State University’s College of Medicine to establish a new residency program. The goal of the program is to attract more primary care physicians to the area, since a majority of doctors will start their practices within 100 miles of where they do their residencies, according to the American Medical Association. The new residency program recently welcomed its first crop of fresh residents, with six medical school graduates taking their places in the program in June and beginning their curriculum on July 1.

South Florida Hospital News

The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medical Residency Program at Lee Health welcomed eight new resident physicians who started their training on June 22, 2020. The new residents include Dr. Francesca Blazekovic, Dr. Jenna De Francesco, Dr. Thomas Flynn, Dr. Shane Geffe, Dr. Joseph Guernsey, Dr. Gerard Mulles, Dr. Dakin White and Dr. Luke Wren

Times of Israel

The coronavirus pandemic has begun to overwhelm Florida nursing homes. Those with scant resources may feel pressured to set up isolation wards that many are not fully equipped to create safely. Paul Katz, chair of the Department of Geriatrics, commented on the growing concern.

The article appeared in numerous news outlets including The Times of Israel, the Las Vegas Sun, Tampa Bay Times, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and more.


Our personalities are shaped by our experiences and social interactions, so how might the months of being isolated from friends, family and colleagues have altered us? Associate Professor Angelina Sutin led a study that looked for signs of personality change during the very early stage of the pandemic in the US. It showed that most traits showed no average-level change at all, and contrary to expectations, average neuroticism actually fell slightly for those not in isolation, perhaps because people attributed feelings of stress to what was going on in the world, rather than to their own personality.

Tampa Bay Times

Leslie Beitsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the FSU College of Medicine, co-authored an editorial for the Tampa Bay Times about how to stem coronavirus in Florida.


A study from the Florida State University College of Medicine found that social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has not led to an overall increase in loneliness among Americans.