Nov. 30, 2018
Prestigious awards were presented on Oct. 4, when the Fort Pierce Regional Campus of the Florida State University College of Medicine gathered its faculty members for a night of appreciation and academic updates.
The event took place at the Riverwalk Center in Fort Pierce. The keynote speaker was John P. Fogarty, M.D., dean of the FSU College of Medicine, who presented an update on the achievements and ongoing success of the college.
The regional campus faculty is composed of over 300 active Treasure Coast physicians who take turns teaching 40 third- and fourth-year medical students. The students work one-on-one with the physicians and gain clinical experience through seeing patients in the local hospitals, surgery centers, physicians’ offices and other ambulatory care facilities. The college recently added a physician assistant program, and those students will start their clinical training here in January.
Several faculty members received awards from Juliette Lomax-Homier, M.D., dean of the Fort Pierce campus. One, titled Guardian of the Mission, is for a physician whose activities have furthered the college’s mission: to “educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority and underserved populations.” Tina McCurry presented this award to Ravi Masih, M.D., emergency medicine physician at Sebastian River Medical Center. Masih has been a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Fort Pierce Regional Campus since 2016. He carries out the mission of the college through his immense and selfless contribution of his time to the people of the Dominican Republic and the small indigenous villages along the Amazon River where he travels as a medical missionary. Often he is the only physician on these trips and works under extremely tiring and demanding circumstances. He has also recently committed himself to leading the medical advancement team at a clinic in India that cares for abandoned, abused, and sexually assaulted young women. He currently sponsors ten of them on his own accord.
Another award, Outstanding Community Faculty Educator, is for exemplary achievement in meeting student educational needs, working collaboratively, dedication to the curriculum principles and enthusiasm for teaching. Kharian Burnett-Foster, third-year medical student, presented this award to Carl Zollicoffer, M.D., obstetrics/gynecology physician at Florida Community Health Centers in Fort Pierce. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor with the FSU Fort Pierce campus since 2007. He teaches many of our fourth- and third-year students in their ob/gyn clerkship. Kharian commented, “Dr. Zollicoffer always emphasizes the importance of understanding the mechanism of physiology. I admire his patience in everything, and he is the reason I am inspired to consider pursuing a career in obstetrics and gynecology.”
The final faculty awards for 2018 were presented to the dedicated clerkship faculty physicians who have taught our students since 2008. The ten year service award was earned by 70 physicians, and several of them were present at the event.
In photo, L-R: Dr. Ravi Masih and Dr. Carl Zollicoffer