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04/09/2021

The St. Joe Company, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Inc. and the Florida State University College of Medicine (“FSU”) announced their intent to develop a health care campus in Panama City Beach, Florida. 

The parties have executed a letter of intent to jointly plan and develop the campus to initially include an ambulatory and urgent care center. Future development plans include the construction of an Emergency Center and 100-bed inpatient facility offering services such as: gastroenterology, urology, gynecology, cardiology and general surgery among others. 

04/08/2021
FSU News

For more than 20 years, Florida State University has recognized undergraduate students who exhibit a tremendous commitment to service through its annual President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Program.

Marjorie “Maggie” Fitzsimmons, the nominee from the College of Medicine, received the 2021 President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Award. As a person living with epilepsy, Fitzsimmons has devoted hundreds of hours of service to the Epilepsy Foundation of North Florida, the Epilepsy Services Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. She’s also personally assisted in the Seizure First Aid certification of more than 100 individuals. 

Fitzsimmons is a senior in the interdisciplinary medical sciences program majoring in clinical professions. 

04/07/2021
WTXL

The Al Lawson Center vaccinated 278 people on Monday, April 5, the first day all adults in Florida were eligible to receive COVID vaccines. As more people line up to get vaccinated, there's a new question; just how long will the shot keep them protected. The CDC says 6 months of protection are guaranteed. Daniel Van Durme with Florida State University's College of Medicine says as scientists collect more data, that number could grow.

04/07/2021
Newsweek

An article from Newsweek explored the El Chaparral migrant camp in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego, which more than 2,000 people call home. About 25% of the camp residents are children. The article tells the stories of some of those children and the adults who teach and care for them.

Elena Reyes, director of the Center for Child Stress & Health at the Florida State University College of Medicine, which focuses on the treatment and prevention of toxic stress during childhood, commented on the opening of a new school that offers the children routine and a safe place to go.

04/07/2021
MoneyGeek.com

Alice Pomidor, Professor of Geriatrics at the College of Medicine, spoke to MoneyGeek.com about when older adults should stop driving. Her advice was featured in MoneyGeek.com's safe driving guide for seniors and older adult drivers. She commented on specific challenges seniors face behind the wheel, methods for easing a senior driver off the road, and other useful tips.

04/06/2021
Tallahassee Democrat

Scientists peering into the beating heart have solved a decades-old, fundamental mystery about how the heart works. The revelation could herald the development of new treatments for heart diseases — the leading cause of death worldwide.

Researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Florida State University and the University of Virginia have observed a tiny muscle filament during a crucial stage in a beating heart for the first time. The research was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

04/05/2021
WCTV

One year ago, Floridians saw their worlds flipped upside down as Governor Ron DeSantis announced the stay-at-home executive order.

Florida State University College of Medicine’s Dr. Christie Alexander says the past year has taught us a lot.

“Just looking back, it’s just incredible to think about the number of things that of happened in one year and how far we’ve come, but yet how far left we have to go,” Dr. Alexander said.

04/05/2021
Tallahassee Democrat

Several of Florida State University’s graduate and professional programs - including the College of Medicine - ranked among the best in the country in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

04/05/2021
FSView

Researchers at Florida State University have helped locate and understand a thin filament inside the heart muscle, which is the first that science has known of this piece of the cardiovascular puzzle.

Working with other researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School and the University of Virginia, Professor Bryan Chase and Professor Jose Pinto of FSU have a better understanding of the complicated muscular processes of the heart.

04/05/2021
WTXL

he Leon County Sheriff's Office is going all-in for this year's Autism Awareness Month in April with a partnership with Florida State University's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

LCSO will be participating in FSU CARD's "Autism Spectrum Disorder and Law Enforcement: Recognition and Response" training for the second year in a row.

04/05/2021
AMA

Fourth-year medical student Ian Motie was on the American Medical Association's daily COVID-19 update panel providing insights about the pandemic. He and other medical students shared their stories about getting involved in advocacy and the power of students to shape health care policy during the pandemic and beyond. 

Watch the video: https://www.ama-assn.org/health-care-advocacy/federal-advocacy/power-medical-student-advocacy 

04/02/2021
Herald-Tribune

Florida has drawn national criticisms after offering vaccine pop-up clinics in upscale communities, raising questions about how state and local officials made decisions about where to dole out the vaccine. Les Beitsch, professor in the department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine was quoted in the Herald-Tribune article.

03/31/2021
FSU News

The Autism Society of America celebrates April as Autism Acceptance Month as part of the organization’s efforts to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms and realities of autism. Amy Wetherby is the director of the Autism Institute in the College of Medicine at FSU as well as a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association with more than 35 years of clinical experience. Her research interests include early detection of autism and parent-implemented early intervention for children with autism.

03/31/2021
AAHIVM

The American Academy of HIV Medicine strongly supports the reintroduction of the HIV Epidemic Loan-Repayment Program (HELP) Act. The bill, which would bring up to $250,000 in loan repayment over five years to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists and dentists for providing HIV care and treatment-related services, is needed to address the shortage of clinicians and allied health professionals in the HIV field as we seek to end the epidemic. 

“The American Academy of HIV Medicine thanks Representatives Barbara Lee and Lisa Blunt Rochester for their deep commitment to ending the HIV epidemic and for reintroducing the bill,” stated Dr. Jonathan Appelbaum, the Academy’s Board Chair and chair of Clinical Sciences at the College of Medicine. “Their initiative will help ensure that everyone with HIV will receive the professional and effective care that they need.”

03/30/2021
FSU News

Florida State University’s graduate and professional programs continue to rank among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

The College of Medicine tied for No. 13 in diversity with 26 percent of students identifying as an underrepresented minority. The college also came in at No. 42 in primary-care production, with Nova Southeastern being the only Florida school producing more primary-care physicians during the time period measured.

The college, founded on a mission to serve underserved populations with a focus on primary care, ranked No. 13 for percent of graduates practicing direct patient care in health professional shortage areas. The latest U.S. News data is based on 2012-2014 graduates, and more than 50 percent of the college’s M.D. graduates in that span are practicing in health professional shortage areas.

03/30/2021
Seminoles.com

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced that College of Medicine alumnus Myron Rolle (M.D. '17) was named to the organization's Academic All-America Hall of Fame, placing him among the most accomplished student-athletes in history.

Rolle, a safety for the FSU football program, graduated from Florida State in 2 1/2 years with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and played his final two years while enrolled in a master’s program in public administration. Rolle went on to play in the NFL in 2010 and later retired to attend med school. He then completed a neurosurgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is currently a Global Neurosurgery Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

03/29/2021
FSUNews.com

Graduating med students from the FSU College of Medicine recently matched into residency programs across the country.

03/29/2021
FSUNews.com

FSU now has 12 podcasts that range from talks with the College of Medicine and the School of Communications, to the "Echoes" alumni podcast and even the FSU Libraries to help students learn about the university and community.

03/26/2021
People Magazine

Crestview High School student Savion Harris was at work at a Thai restaurant when the mother of the family-owned business came running down the stairs with her son Max in her arms, frantically yelling for someone to help.

According to WEAR, the baby had turned blue and was not breathing.

Harris, an 11th grader at Crestview, immediately jumped into action and began chest compressions on the infant. Harris received his CPR certification as part of Crestview High School's Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program. The program currently has a partnership between its medical classes and the FSU College of Medicine's SSTRIDE program (Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity & Excellence).

03/26/2021
South Florida Hospital News

Eight new family medicine residents will begin their training at Lee Health through The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program. 

03/25/2021
FSU News

Jose R. Pinto, associate professor of biomedical sciences at the College of Medicine teamed up with researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School and the University of Virginia and made an important discovery regarding a tiny muscle filament in the heart.

“For decades the structure of the thin filament at this important point was unknown,” said Vitold Galkin, associate professor of physiological sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School. “This dramatically limited our understanding of the thin filament regulation by calcium.” The research was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

03/25/2021
Being Patient

A new study indicates that the brain-boosting benefits of psychological resilience — including overcoming conditions like persistent loneliness — might offset harm and ultimately lower one’s risk of developing dementia later in life, leaving people more cognitively protected than those who have never felt lonely at all. Florida State University study observed 12,030 participants over the course of 10 years and found that loneliness was linked to a 40 percent higher chance of developing dementia.

03/25/2021
Parkinson's News Today

Dancing the tango may help people with Parkinson’s disease maintain balance and avoid falling, according to new research from Florida State University.

03/24/2021
Cardiovascular Business

Jose R. Pinto, associate professor of biomedical sciences at the College of Medicine teamed up with researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School and the University of Virginia and made an important discovery regarding a tiny muscle filament in the heart.

“For decades the structure of the thin filament at this important point was unknown,” said Vitold Galkin, associate professor of physiological sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School. “This dramatically limited our understanding of the thin filament regulation by calcium.” The research was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

03/23/2021
Medical Laboratory Observer

Nearly a half-million people a year die from sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the U.S. — the result of malfunctions in the heart’s electrical system.

A leading cause of SCD in young athletes is arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM), a genetic disease in which healthy heart muscle is replaced over time by scar tissue (fibrosis) and fat. Stephen Chelko, a researcher at the College of Medicine, has developed a better understanding of the pathological characteristics behind the disease, as well as promising avenues for prevention.

03/23/2021
ScienMag

Scientists peering into the beating heart have solved a decades-old, fundamental mystery about how the heart works. The revelation could herald the development of new treatments for heart diseases — the leading cause of death worldwide.

Researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Florida State University and the University of Virginia have observed a tiny muscle filament during a crucial stage in a beating heart for the first time. 

03/23/2021
Tallahassee Democrat

February 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Tallahassee Memorial Transition Center, an innovative multidisciplinary clinic. The center was created by Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, in partnership with Capital Health Plan and the Florida State University College of Medicine. The facility provides follow-up care to patients after they’ve been discharged from TMH.

03/22/2021
WCTV

It takes two to dance the Argentine Tango, and as researchers at Florida State University are learnings, that’s all it takes to change a life.

University researchers are proving the tango may have benefits well beyond the dance floor. They’re finding it can help those living with balance disorders, like Parkinson’s Disease, reducing their risk of falling and improving their quality of life.

College of Medicine Professor Dr. Gerry Maitland says the university has completed more than 50 research studies on Parkinson’s over the last 15 years, but a study like this has never been done.

03/19/2021
Tallahassee Democrat

Graduating students in the Florida State University College of Medicine’s M.D. Class of 2021 learned where they will enter residency training during the college’s Match Day ceremony Friday.

03/19/2021
FSU News

Graduating M.D. students in the College of Medicine's Class of 2021 learned Friday where they will enter residency training this summer.

03/19/2021
FSU News

A Florida State University medical student will help continue the mission of a Tallahassee physician whose life was cut tragically short.

Medical student Jimmy Brown, who grew up in the Panhandle town of Hosford (population 704), has made a lasting impression of small-town humility and compassion with the Tallahassee physician-faculty members who taught him the intricacies of patient care over the past few years.

Brown is the first recipient of the Nancy Van Vessem, M.D. Memorial Scholarship, established to honor the local health care and community leader whose life ended in a shooting at a Tallahassee yoga studio in 2018.

03/17/2021
Forbes

Alice Pomidor, a geriatrician and professor at the College of Medicine, commented on a Forbes article discussing the safety of older drivers.

03/17/2021
FSU News

The rise in popularity of podcasts is a trend that’s hit Florida State University, especially as the campus community looks for ways to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beyond the Diagnosis is a podcast from the FSU Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society that seeks to answer questions about the relationship between structural factors and health. With each episode, join FSU med students Edward Corty and Richard Wu as they dive into a topic that shapes the lives and health of patients and communities.

03/16/2021
TC Palm

Heidi McNaney-Flint, an OB-GYN and College of Medicine clerkship director for the Fort Pierce Regional Campus, was featured in a TC Palm article for donating her time to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

03/16/2021
AAMC

In an AAMC article, first- and second- year medical students shared how the lack of personal contact with peers and professors takes a toll, and how faculty and fellow classmates are helping them cope. Comments from second-year College of Medicine student Daniel Alban were included in addition to comments from Cheryl Porter, assistant dean for student counseling. AAMC also highlighted the College of Medicine's check-in process in which staff provide students with cleaning supplies.

03/08/2021
FSU News

Amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dance Marathon at Florida State University raised more than $1.47 million during its first-ever hybrid event March 5-7. Roughly half of Dance Marathon's funds raised are donated to the College of Medicine's pediatric outreach programs.

03/04/2021
Tallahassee Democrat

Local churches from Gadsden and Leon counties celebrated Heart Month recently via a Virtual Leadership Institute. In total, 45 churches are involved in Health for Hearts United, an initiative implemented in conjunction with FSU and other universities. The program included a medical update on “COVID-19: Building Your Immunity & The Vaccine” presented by Dr. Alma Littles and Dr. Joedrecka Brown-Speights from the FSU College of Medicine.

03/02/2021
South Florida Sun Sentinel

The COVID-19 vaccination rate remains low among Black and Hispanic Floridians despite initiatives announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis to bring more shots to underserved communities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to open four mass vaccination sites in Florida with one at Miami Dade College’s North Campus and the others in Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville. Around each site, two mobile units will go into nearby underserved areas and give out 500 vaccinations a day. College of Medicine Professor Les Beitsch commented on the disproportionate burden COVID-19 has placed on underserved communities.

02/26/2021
Fort Myers Florida Weekly

While opioids are known for being addictive and deadly, many physicians also know they can be invaluable drugs used to treat acute and chronic pain and, when carefully managed, can improve the quality of life for people 65 and older. More than one in four Medicare prescription drug beneficiaries are prescribed opioids for pain, and Medicare beneficiaries have become addicted to the drugs at a faster rate than any other age group, notes the Fort Myers Florida Weekly

Michael Gloth, a Naples-based geriatrician and clerkship faculty member at the College of Medicine, commented on the opioid crisis and the difficulty of prescribing opioids for pain.

02/22/2021
Technology.org

Nearly a half-million people a year die from sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the U.S. — the result of malfunctions in the heart’s electrical system.

A leading cause of SCD in young athletes is arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM), a genetic disease in which healthy heart muscle is replaced over time by scar tissue (fibrosis) and fat. Stephen Chelko, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine, has developed a better understanding of the pathological characteristics behind the disease, as well as promising avenues for prevention. His findings are published in the current issue of Science Translational Medicine.

02/19/2021
Medical Xpress

Stephen Chelko, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biomedical sciences, surveyed patients with genetic heart diseases about their stress levels during annual clinical follow-ups. They found that those with higher levels of perceived psychosocial stress showed a strong correlation with clinical symptoms as measured by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging or electrocardiogram.

02/18/2021
Verywell Health

The second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine may cause more symptoms than the first dose like chills, fever, and fatigue. Zucai Suo, professor of biomedical science at the College of Medicine, helps explain why.

02/17/2021
FSU News

Nearly a half-million people a year die from sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the U.S. — the result of malfunctions in the heart’s electrical system.

A leading cause of SCD in young athletes is arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM), a genetic disease in which healthy heart muscle is replaced over time by scar tissue (fibrosis) and fat.

Stephen Chelko, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine, has developed a better understanding of the pathological characteristics behind the disease, as well as promising avenues for prevention.

02/17/2021
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality profiled George Rust, professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine. It reads, in part, "Working in medically underserved communities revealed to George Rust, M.D., M.P.H., that care processes developed in tightly controlled research settings don’t always work in what he calls 'the messiness of the real world.' This realization led Dr. Rust to devote his career to understanding disparities and making health equity a reality for minority and disadvantaged populations."

02/10/2021
WESH 2

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that more than a third of all Walmart stores in Florida will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, Feb. 12.

"Walmarts are closer to the population that are more at risk of getting severe illness from COVID-19, those with multiple cormorbidities that would be more at risk if they came down with COVID-19," said Associate Professor Christie Alexander. "So the fact that Walmart serves those populations and those populations can get their vaccine more easily will decrease the effect on our hospital systems as well."

02/08/2021
Tallahassee Democrat

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Florida State University in partnership with the Leon County Department of Health began offering the Tucker Center to provide vaccines to those 65 and older who had previously registered and were on a waiting list to get their first shots. James Zedaker, director of the Physician Assistant program at the College of Medicine and director of university projects for health and emergency operations, commented on the vaccination plan.

02/05/2021
Verywell Health

The FDA has approved an injectable drug, Cabenuva, for the treatment of HIV in adults, giving patients the ability to opt for monthly shots rather than daily pills. Jonathan Appelbaum, chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences, commented on the potential use of the drug for HIV prevention.

02/04/2021
WTXL

Zucai Suo, an eminent professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, was quoted in a WTXL article about the UK COVID-19 variant. This variant specifically is more contagious than the original virus because it enters the immune system faster and without much effort, said Suo.

02/04/2021
FSU News

The American Heart Association sponsors “American Heart Month” every February as a strategy for increasing heart disease awareness and promoting prevention at home and in the community. In conjunction with Heart Month, National Heart Failure Awareness Week takes place Feb. 14 – 20.

Florida State University experts, including the College of Medicine's Judy Delp and Stephen Chelko, are available to comment on a variety of topics related to heart disease awareness and self-care after heart failure.

02/03/2021
ABC7 WJLA

Zucai Suo, an eminent professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, commented on the effectiveness of existing COVID-19 vaccines against a new variant of the virus. He says changing the vaccine formula can be done relatively easily.

When the virus evolves to evade an immune response, "we need to tweak our immune system and the only way to do it is tweak the vaccine," he said.