Upcoming Events

April 29, 2016, 10:00AM
College of Medicine Graduation
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August 1, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm
6th Annual White Coats 4 CARE Reception
Broken Sound Country Club

August 5, 2016
White Coat Ceremony

This & That

Important Information on Health Status of Rodent Colonies

Through multiple discussions between the stakeholders and considerable deliberation, it has been agreed to allow mice positive for Helicobacter and/or Mouse norovirus to enter the Jupiter vivaria. This decision will not affect the mouse colonies housed at the Boca Raton facilities. The IACUC with guidance from the Attending Veterinarian will develop policies and Veterinary Services will implement procedural measures to avoid transmission of the contagious agents to other vivaria.

Please do not hesitate to contact Daniel Flynn, Ph.D., or Sylvia Gografe, DVM, Ph.D., at  sgografe@fau.edu  with any questions you might have concerning this matter.


Record-Breaking Number 
of Blood Donations
Students organized a blood drive on March 29, with the support of the Pediatric Interest Group. Forty-one donors, the highest recorded by this group, participated in the event. Thank you to everyone who donated to help patients in the local community. Click here for the list of donors. 

White Coat

Dr. Oleinikov Receives NIH Grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Dr. Andrew Oleinikov $404,000 over two years to clarify the molecular mechanisms that explain how maternal malaria infection can lead to low birth weight and stillbirth in a fetus.

Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers or INTERACT(TM) was implemented in Phase I of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' initiative to reduce avoidable  hospitalizations for nursing home residents. 

Welcome MK Morales

Mary Katherine ( MK) Mo rales has  accepted  our offer to become the Interim Director of Development for our College of Medicine effective April 25, 2016. MK currently is the Director of Development & Economic Advancement for FAU's Division of Research & Tech Runway. She will continue in that role while serving as Interim Director of Development.  During the time that MK serves as Interim Director, we will be re-evaluating and restructuring our senior development position.
Welcome Back Event Held

The office of admissions held their 3rd annual "Welcome Back" event on April 16. The event is held for applicants accepted to the College of Medicine who will have to commit to the school of their choice on April 30. Highlights included a welcome by Interim Dean Dr. Arthur J. Ross III, a presentation by student affairs, a series of vignettes at the simulation center, a mock PBL session facilitated by current students and a tour of Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the Marcus Neuroscience Institute. Everyone was able to take pictures with Owlsley, the FAU mascot, who made a guest appearance.   Click here for more photos.

Florida Senate President-Designate Visits FAU

Florida Senate President-designate, Joe Negron, visited FAU  on April 21. His visit included a tour of FAU as well as interactions with students, faculty and administrators. Medical student, Bendt Gura, Class of 2019 President, was among the students chosen to meet with Senator Negron. President Kelly spoke with Senator Negron about the ways the state's elected officials can help ensure students have what they need to succeed at FAU.

Honors & Awards

Spring Research Retreat for Graduate Biomedical Programs

The Spring Research Retreat took place on April 15. Congratulations to 1st place winner - Nirthieca Suthakaran, 2nd place winner - Spring Davis, and 3rd place winner - Alberto Padilla. For a full list of participants and abstracts, click here.

Undergraduate Medical Students Win at Undergraduate Research Symposium

The symposium took place on April 1. Nathalia Gazaniga won 1 st   place and Michael Simoes won 2 nd   place for Health and Medicine category.

Dr. Iragavarapu Receives Laboratory Travel Award

Dr. Vijaya Iragavarapu received a Laboratory Travel Award to attend American Association of Immunology conference in Seattle in May.

Faculty Research Mentoring Program Winners Announced

The Division of Research recently announced the winners of the sixth annual Faculty Research Mentoring Program. The program aims to encourage the exchange of ideas and best practices in funded research between senior colleagues with significant extramural funding experience and tenure-track faculty wishing to be mentored. Andrew Oleinikov, Ph.D., won the award for the College of Medicine. For details on the program, click here.

Pediatric Interest Group receives C.L. Brumback
Volunteer of the Year Service Award

Congratulations to the College's Pediatric Interest Group for receiving the C.L. Brumback Volunteer of the Year Service Award from the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County. This prestigious award is given to an individual or organization who has given extensively of themselves over the years with outstanding service to the Florida Department of Health and its clients. 

Every Holiday season, the medical students conduct an annual College of Medicine Toy and Food Drive.  All proceeds and d onations are sent benefit the population  that seek services at the Delray Beach and Lantana Health Center. The group also recruits help from the students from Saint Thomas de Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL to make the event even more successful.
In addition, the medical students conduct a "Diaper and F ood Drive" during the Spring Semester.  The group collects diapers and  non-perishable food items (canned goods, box mixes). Cash donations are also accepted. One hundred percent of donations are used to buy diapers and food that are distributed to the families in need at Delray and Lantana Health Center. The medical students organize all activities and are available to pick up and deliver the donations. 
These activities instill in the students the idea, as future doctors, to give back and advocate for their communities!

FAU Student Selected to Participate in Student Surgery Leadership Weekend
Congratulations to Emily Fell Kelly, Class of 2017,  for being accepted
into the 2016 Student Surgery Leadership Weekendat Michigan State University, one of only 28 students from across the country. In addition, Emily's article, entitled, "Impressive performance: New disposable digital ureteroscope allows for extreme lower pole access and use of 365 um holmium laser fiber" was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Endourology.

Student's Research Published in Arthroplasty Today
Congratulations to Rishabh Jethanandani, class of 2018, for publishing his article "Reconstruction for Failed Internal Fixation of a Bisphosphonate-related Femur Fracture" in Arthroplasty.

First-Year Medical Student Awarded Primary Care
Medicine Preceptorship

Congratulations to first-year medical student, Amelia Wong, on receiving the prestigious Terry G. Smith, M.D., Memorial Primary Care Medicine Preceptorship. This summer,  she and three other medical students will complete a four-week paid preceptorship at one of Humana's South Florida practices. 

Employee Service Awards Ceremony Held

The FAU Employee Service Awards Ceremony was held on April 12. The following faculty and staff members in the College of Medicine received service awards: 

5 Years
Ms. Gloria Fuentes
Dr. Mario Jacomino
Mr. Daniel Polimeni
Dr. Philip Robinson (retired; last day was 2/1/16)
Dr. Julie Servoss
Dr. Suzanne Weiner

10 Years
Dr. James Cresanta
Mr. Mark Goldstein
Mr. Raphael Lima
Ms. Sharon Realini
15 Years
Ms. Barbara Locastro-Garofalo
Dr. Howard Prentice

20 Years
Ms. Agnes Santore

25 Years
Ms. Elizabeth Swerdloff

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