Date/Publication Headline/Description

Recent research suggests that high blood pressure may lead to an increase in neurotic behaviors.

Tallahassee Democrat

FSU College of Medicine's Anthony C. Speights, M.D., senior associate dean for Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences and director of the Bridge to Clinical Medicine master's program, shares his thoughts on the importance of access to health care for rural and underserved populations.

Everyday Health

Regular physical activity is now strongly recommended for people with rheumatoid arthritis, according to the new summary guidelines on integrative therapies from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). Benjamin J. Smith, interim program director and associate dean of the Florida State University School of Physician Assistant Practice, was the co-principal investigator of the guidelines, which were presented at the Nov. 13 annual ACR Convergence Conference in Philadelphia.



Compared with non-Hispanic white women, women of other races and ethnicities waited significantly longer for pregnancy-related emergency care, according to study data.

“The United States has dramatic inequities in severe maternal morbidity and mortality compared to other high-income nations, with three to four Black women dying compared to every one white woman during the perinatal period,” Megan E. Deichen Hansen, MSW, PhD, research faculty in the department of behavioral sciences and social medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine, told Healio. “Since access to high-quality emergency care is essential to addressing severe maternal morbidity and mortality, this study sought to examine whether inequities were present within emergency room wait times.”



PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - A new healthcare facility has made its way to Bay County.

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Physicians Partners - Primary Care is now accepting new patients. The company held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate the grand opening of its new location in Panama City Beach. The move is the first step in a partnership with the St. Joe Company and FSU College of Medicine.



The global coronavirus pandemic disrupted almost everything about our lives, from how we work and go to school, to how we socialize (Zoom happy hours, anyone?!), and ultimately strained trust in many of the overarching systems we depend on, from health care to government.

New research suggests it may have changed Americans' personalities, too, and not for the better.

Smithsonian Magazine

American adults experienced about a decade’s worth of personality change in just two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new study revealed.
The research, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, found declines in extroversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness among adults, with the most dramatic shifts displayed in people under 30.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare say they are teaming up to bring a big economic boost to the area.

“I’m very excited,” shared FSU President, Richard McCullough.

“It’ll have a big impact,” added TMH CEO, Mark O’Bryant.


(CNN) — Covid-19 changed a lot – how we socialized, where we went, and even what work looked like. A new study shows the pandemic may have changed our personalities as well.

Psychologists have long believed that a person’s traits stayed pretty much the same, evenin the wake of stressful events. But by looking at pre-pandemic levels of neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness and comparing that to data collected in 2021 and 2022, researchers found notable personality changes among the United States population, according to the study.

Tallahassee Democrat

A nearly $5 million grant to Florida State University's College of Medicine can possibly change the trajectory of young adults affected by the HIV epidemic, which remains a main health concern decades after the initial outbreaks in the U.S.

Tallahassee Democrat

Florida State University invites the community to engage in the research process as its scientists look to better understand complicated diseases and other medical conditions.

The institution has joined ResearchMatch (, a nonprofit program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where people - healthy or not - can sign up to participate in health-related research.


USA Today

Florida State University College of Medicine professor Dr. Jonathan Appelbaum said the similarities between COVID and monkeypox data among Black and Hispanic populations is "just a microcosm of the health inequity in this country."


South Florida Sun Sentinel

Florida college students are back on campus just as monkeypox is spreading quickly in the state, including among young adults.

But while universities are posting information and offering fliers about the disease, few are prepared for a campus outbreak. They have yet to announce how they plan to isolate students with the virus and help them keep up with classes, and few have acquired the Jynneos vaccine being used for people at high risk of monkeypox.

Tallahassee Reports

Susanna Zorn (M.D. Class of 2017) has joined the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic staff as a primary care sports medicine physician.



Fourth-year College of Medicine medical student Hayden Greene shares how connecting with a terminal patient provided an important lesson on her path to becoming a physician.

"I came to understand that the conscious  decision to make connections is what fortifies our ability to serve others as physicians. Our patients not only teach us about medicine but, more importantly, unconditional kindness, humility and empathy. These interactions and stories we carry throughout our careers ground and remind us of our 'why' we chose to practice medicine."

Tallahassee Democrat

Florida State and Florida A&M officials are focused on educating students as they return to campuses in the midst of a nationwide monkeypox outbreak.

Orlando Sentinel

Dr. Jonathan Appelbaum speaks up in attempt to curb stigmatization and misinformation surrounding monkeypox.


Study International listed Florida State University's College of Medicine among five universities around the world that use games to enhance learning.


Work in the FSU College of Medicine Biomedical Sciences lab of Sanjay Kumar "is an important step for developing therapies to help patients."


FSU College of Medicine researchers have found a link between a protein in the brain and a heightened chance for neurodegeneration in people with temporal lobe epilepsy.

CNN Health

Families who breastfeed their children need support, according to guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and that requires social and systemic changes when it comes to workplace access and feeding stigma.



USA Today

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidance on breastfeeding – extending the recommended time for parents to breastfeed their children, while calling for policy change and "nonjudgmental support" for all families' feeding choices.

"We know that any breastfeeding is better than none... and the longer the total duration of breastfeeding the better," Dr. Joan Younger Meek, lead author of the AAP reports and a professor emeritus in clinical sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine, told USA TODAY, pointing to breastfeeding health benefits for both babies and their parents.

The New York Times

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement Monday that extends the period of time for which breastfeeding is recommended to two years or more, but that also acknowledges the obstacles that stand in parents’ way.

“We need societal changes that will help to support this, such as paid leave, more support for breastfeeding in public and child care facilities and workplace support,” said Dr. Joan Meek, a professor emeritus in the department of clinical sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine and lead author of the new recommendations.

Orlando Sentinel

As tourism skyrockets in Orlando, COVID-19 cases have also been on the rise.

Dr. Mark Chaet, dean of the Florida State University College of Medicine's Orlando Regional Campus, said it's important for at-risk people to remain aware and exercise caution, especially when visiting popular tourist destinations this summer.


Tallahassee Democrat

Leaders at Florida State University and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare are laying the foundation to establish Tallahassee as a leading medical research and health care center with the construction of FSU Health Tallahassee Center at TMH.


Florida State University President Richard McCullough hopes a planned academic health center will raise the level of medical care in the Tallahassee area.


Every rotation in the third year of medical school provides us with a concrete foundation of clinical knowledge for our medical degree and the opportunity to determine whether or not a particular specialty would be suitable for our future careers.

Pediatrics may teach us about developmental milestones; ob/gyn about the stages of labor; surgery about the 5 W's; family medicine about the USPSTF recommendations; and so on. However, each rotation taught me something unintentionally that could be applied broadly to my role as a resident physician and ultimately my future career.

About Abigail Schirmer
Abigail is a fourth-year medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine. She is interested in general surgery, patient safety research, medical education, and providing compassionate care to patients. Outside of medicine she enjoys running, CrossFit, swimming, general aviation, playing piano, and baking.

Read More


Florida State University News

Florida State University pediatrician Mary Norton said she has seen parents pour their last amount of formula into a bottle and tell her, “I have nothing else for my baby.” 

Indeed, families in Tallahassee and throughout Florida are feeling the effects of a national shortage of baby formula that continues to alarm health care workers, government officials and especially parents of infants. 

“I have had multiple conversations with families over the past few weeks who were very concerned about access to formula,” Norton said. “So, what you’re hearing on the national news, we’re seeing locally. For some families, this is a crisis because formula may be the primary or only source of nutrition their child gets.” 


When Cortez Brown picks up his diploma Saturday from Florida State University College of Medicine, he’ll be thinking about his mother and the sacrifices she made for him. 

“Since Day One my mom preached education,” said Brown, noting his mother, Octavia Curtis, didn't finish high school after giving birth to his older sister, who died at 2. “(My mother) stopped because family’s first.”

Brown was thinking about his single, working mom Saturday at the Vero Beach Highlands Clubhouse, where he unveiled plans for Octavian Village, an innovative nonprofit named after her that will provide enhanced educational opportunities for underserved students in Indian River County. 

To Brown, it’s his commitment to give back to a community that nurtured him as a student, complementing the passion for education his mother instilled in him from at least as far back as kindergarten at Rosewood Magnet School.


Abigail Schirmer will move on to a residency in general surgery at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, Mich.,after she graduates from Florida State University's College of Medicine on May 21. Looking back over the past four years, she wrote a letter to her younger self, the young woman who began medical school with no clue what she would experience, including navigating a global pandemic. The letter was originally posted on the Medscape blog.

Florida State University News

Florida State University researchers are driving innovation and creating new forms of art while using their knowledge to contribute to Florida and beyond. In an article highlighting "10 Ways FSU is Changing the World," the College of Medicine was listed for its SSTRIDE program. Since 1994, Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity and Excellence (SSTRIDE) has been cultivating pathways for under-represented students in the medical profession to succeed in medicine and other health-related careers. 


Students in the FSU College of Medicine's Physician Assistant program who do their clerkship rotations at the Fort Pierce campus have an opportunity to observe robotic surgery with a leader in the field. Adam Kurtin, D.O., of HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital  has done more than 1,000 of the procedures and says they improve patient outcomes in several ways. He hopes to inspire the PA students to become part of a robotics surgical team.

Tallahassee Democrat

Myron Rolle -- elite athlete, Rhodes Scholar, Florida State University College of Medicine graduate, neurosurgery resident and humanitarian -- has faced insecurities, issues of self-worth and prejudice in his life. Yet the former FSU and NFL player never dwelled on those moments because he was, and is, always pursuing a better self. By Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat.

Florida State University News

Dhenu Patel, an undergraduate majoring in exercise physiology who is doing cancer research through the biomedical sciences lab of assistant professor Jerome Irianto, has been awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. 

U.S. News/HealthDay News

College of Medicine professor Angelina Sutin shares her thoughts on study findings published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology examining personality traits and their link to cognitive health as we age.


Infectious Disease Special Edition

Jonathan S. Appelbaum, M.D., has been caring for patients with HIV since 1985. A geriatrician and internist and a professor of Clinical Sciences at the College of Medicine, Appelbaum's interest has been piqued by the intersection of HIV and aging.

Tallahassee Democrat

Twenty Florida State University graduate programs and specialties rank among the top 25 public universities according to the U.S. News & World Reports "Best Graduate Schools" 2023 edition.

FSU's College of Medicine rose two spots to No. 7 among public medical schools in the publication's ranking of direct patient care programs in professional shortage areas; No. 11 nationwide

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Annual Report

Meaghan Kane, a second-year student at the Florida State University College of Medicine, participated in Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's 2021 Summer Institute for Medical Students program. Kane shares how her week shadowing clinicians and patients at Hazelden Betty Ford in Newberg, Oregon, deepened her understanding of how she can best help future patients and their families.

Read More

Tallahassee Democrat

John Turner (M.D. Class of 2015), a Tallahassee native, family physician at Tallahassee Primary Care Associates, husband and father of three, spent three days last week at John Turnerthe Poland/Ukraine border. There he offered medical aid, clothing and support to refugees crossing the border; mostly women and children. 

It was a faith-fueled trip for the College of Medicine graduate, who has always felt called to help people in need, having previously traveled to Africa and Nicaragua on missionary trips.


"You look in the eyes of the kids...," Turner said. "It's hard for me to explain, but every single kid I saw anywhere had the same exact expression. Imagine a child having to leave everything they had, their families, friends and wondering if they'd ever see their Dad alive again. That is basically the look of every single kid; like thousands of kids." 



Florida Politics

Florida State University is set to receive $125 million from the Legislature for a proposed project to build an academic health center in Tallahassee.

The funding will help plan and build the Florida State University Health Science Tallahassee Center, a five-story, 137,700-square foot building. The facility will be focused on clinical care, research, biomedical innovation and education and will co-locate FSU's medical and nursing education with clinical and translational research.



Florida State University College of Medicine Eminent Professor Zucai Suo has made a discovery that alters the understanding of how the body's DNA repair process works. It may lead to new chemotherapy treatments for cancer and other disorders.

Lakeland Ledger

Florida's proposed budget, scheduled for a vote on March 14, includes an unprecedented $101 million in recurring annual funds for community mental health and substance abuser services.

"There's just a huge need for mental health services here," said Shannon Smith, director of psychology training at FSU College of Medicine's family medicine residency program at Baycare in Winter Haven. "There's a lot of underserved communities in this area."


Florida State University News

The 27th annual Dance Marathon raised $1.5 million to local children in need of specialized pediatric and medical care, as revealed at the March 6 conclusion of the event at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Florida State University's largest student-run organization continued its year-long fundraising mission, which began in 1995, and benefits the Children's Miracle Network at Shands Children's Hospital and the FSU College of Medicine Pediatric Outreach Program. The popular event has raised more than $18 million in its history.

Florida State University News

Dr. Alma Littles' commitment to service was born in her hometown of Quincy, Florida, long before she came to the Florida State University College of Medicine, 

Boston Globe

Myron Rolle (MD Class of 2017) shares his thoughts on Black History Month, systemic racism and how applying the "2% percent way" can affect change.


Florida Family Physician

All it took was an overnight stop in Valentine, Texas for Christie Alexander to find love for what she called "the fullest scope of family practice I've ever experienced" as the lone physician and clinical director in nearby Marfa.

Alexander, who is on a one-year sabbatical from the College of Medicine, shares her story.



College of Medicine fourth-year student Abigail Schirmer was one of five medical students to offer thoughts about their medical future having trained during COVID.


College of Medicine fourth-year student Abigail Schirmer was one of five medical students to offer thoughts about their medical future having trained during COVID.

Tallahassee Democrat

College of Medicine students from the Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) provided teddy bears to the children at the FSU Childcare and Early Learning Program and used them to explain the basics of a health exam. PIG President Taylor Posey explained that it's important to teach children not to fear a trip to the doctor at an early age.


Heather Flynn, professor and chair of the College of Medicine’s Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, has been appointed to the CommisHeather Flynnsion on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Created in 2021 by the Florida Legislature, the commission will operate under the Florida Department of Children and Families. It will examine the current methods of providing mental health and substance abuse services in the state and seek to improve the effectiveness of current practices, procedures, programs and initiatives.

Flynn, a clinical psychologist, was appointed by commission chair Bill Prumell and will serve on the 10-member Data Analysis Subcommittee in an advisory role. Chaired by Jay Reeve, president and CEO of the Apalachee Center, the subcommittee will make recommendations for a statewide blueprint for a model behavioral health delivery system.