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College of Medicine in the News: Nov. 4, 2020

Nov 04, 2020

In case you missed them, here are some recent news items about the College of Medicine. All your questions about the 2020 cold and flu season, answered

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  • Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the five major college football conferences appointed their own medical task forces 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, was one of the 15 panelists advising the ACC.

    Washington Post: Meet the doctors who are helping decide the fate of college football season

  • Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics Paul Katz was interviewed by WINK News in Southwest Florida about the spread of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities.

    WINK: COVID-19 cases spread at long-term care facilities despite lockdowns, testing mandates

  • When FSU students returned to campus in the fall, new COVID-19 protocols and programs were in place, including 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. Research faculty member Emily Pritchard is the administrative lead for the SAFER initiative while Senior Associate Dean Daniel Van Durme is the chief medical officer for the COVID-19 testing program.

    FSU News: New FSU initiative is set to track and support COVID-19 cases: Print or audio

  • Care Point Health & Wellness Center launched a new partnership with the College of Medicine, bringing three faculty members to their full-time team of providers. They include Jonathan Appelbaum, Gregory Todd and Stephen Sandroni.

    Tallahassee Democrat: Care Point launches partnership with FSU College of Medicine doctors

  • As part of her practice in Oregon, College of Medicine alumna and pediatric surgeon Kim Ruscher (M.D. '05) treats patients with pectus excavatum, a chest deformity where the sternum or breast bone is sunken inward. The deformity can be corrected with a minimally-invasive surgery, said Ruscher, to prevent heart complications in the future. Fraternal twin brothers, Jack and Clay Mornarich, recently had surgery for the condition.

KVAL: Set of twins had unique chest surgery done at Riverbend