April 28, 2017
Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony and Reception
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Technion Students Visit College
Last month, the college hosted two sixth-year medical students visiting from the Technion Medical College in Israel. Shai Ram and Liza Mushinsky will graduate next year and are both interested in pursuing surgical specialties. Their visit was coordinated through a partnership with the Jewish Federation of Broward County and the Nesher Bridges program.
Dr. Joanna Drowos
hosted Shai and Liza at her home. They spent time with various medical school classes experiencing problem-based learning sessions, visited the Simulation Center, and participated in a patient safety and quality conference. They also visited Boca Raton Regional Hospital, where they spent time with college surgery residents and met with college surgery program director,
Dr. Thomas Genuit
Shai and Liza also provided a lecture to the undergraduate students at Hillel on campus, and to the health professions interest group at the Donna Klein Jewish Academy's Claire and Emmanuel G. Rosenblatt High School on "Caring for Syrian Refugees in Galillee Hospitals." They attended the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation's Campaign Celebration "The EVENT" with college leadership and met Hollywood Director, Brett Ratner. Shai and Liza enjoyed happy hour with the Jewish Association of Health and Medical Students and the Young Adult Division leadership board members from the Boca Federation. They then returned to Israel to share what they learned about our college, and are ready to welcome our students and faculty at Technion when they travel there.
School District Names College
2017 Business Partner of the Year
was honored by the School District of Palm Beach County as Career & Technical Education 2017 Business Partner of the Year.
The award was presented to Dr. Nirmala Prakash and Alicia Rootes at the Recognition Dinner Feb. 28.
The college was nominated for Business Partner of the Year by Lake Worth Middle School for significant contributions to schools within the county. Through the Healthcare Careers Outreach Program (HCOP), the Office for Diversity and Inclusion has created a unique biomedical curriculum aligned with the district's teaching standards, provided countless hours of enrichment opportunities for medical academy students, and conducted professional development for district teachers for all of their affiliated schools. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion is grateful to the college's students, faculty, and staff for their volunteerism and service to our outreach programs. A special thank you to funders: Bethesda-by-the-Sea, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Office Depot Foundation, Quantum Foundation, and The Virginia and Douglas Stewart Foundation.
Second Annual AOA Induction
Alpha Omega Alpha
AOA) induction and banquet was
hosted at the
Christine E. Lynn Women's Health
& Wellness Institute
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, founded in
the national medical honor society. It recognizes and advocates
for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.
Ten medical students were inducted by a committee of local physicians
are members of the Medical Honor Society.
was Dr. Phillip Boiselle, college dean. The medical students inducted were:
Alexis Bayudan, Kelli Bryant, Michael Cheng, Kasey Conklin, Katherine Hemingway,
Ana Rebecca Klenz,
Emily Kelly, Janelle Nassim, R. Bradley Robinson and Arielle Schultz
wonderful and successful collaboration for Florida Atlantic University and Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Kathy Schilling, M.D., medical director of the Christine E. Lynn Women's Health & Wellness Institute said, "AOA inductees represent the 'best of the best'! We congratulate these top-performing medical students who will no doubt lead the way as some of our future physicians right here at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and in our community." Dr. Schilling, an AOA inductee herself, serves on the medical school's board of admissions.
Florida Blue Supports College Program
To Create Healthy Communities
The college's Office of Development received a $10,000 grant
under the Build Healthy, Strong Communities Project/Program
Florida Blue Cross Foundation.
The grant was submitted by Dr. Mario Jacomino in collaboration with Mary Sabol-Morales, the college's interim development director.
The Build Healthy, Strong Communities Project/Program provides local grants to meet local needs. Funding is provided for a variety of programs that improve the education and literacy, health and human services, art and culture, and community development.
Blakely Teams up with
Science Center and Aquarium
Dr. Randy Blakely appeared on WPTV on March 16 to discuss his
work with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium to develop an exhibit, "A Journey Through the Human Brain." He is a scientific advisor to the project, which the team hopes will open in 2018 as a permanent exhibit. See the clip
Students, Residents Present Research
at Annual ACP Meeting
The college was well-represented at the ACP Annual Residents and
Meeting in Orlando in March, with five entries in the Resident Poster Presentations including:
The college's medical students had three posters selected for the Poster Session including:
- "Exposure to Potential Drug-Drug Interactions in High-Risk Older Patients on Admission and Discharge from an Acute Hospitalization" by Aaron Osborne
- "Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy could Lead to Truly a Broken Heart" by Lauren Vaughan
- Association of Anxiety Medication Use and Falls in a Diverse Older Adult Population" by Lena Vaynberg
In addition, the members of the college participated in the "Doctors Dilemma Jeopardy" by
Drs. Nabil Benhayoun, Yotam Papo, Vikram Patel, and Gene Posca.
Blood Drive A Success
The Pediatric Interest Group sponsored a blood drive on March 21. The group registered 45 donors and collected 39 units. OneBlood would like to thank everyone who donated, as well as
the leaders of the Pediatric Interest group, Amanda Kravitz and Jonathan Creech, Adriana Bautista from the American Medical Student Association who organized volunteers that helped during the activity. Thanks also to Jesse Santos, MBA for advertising to students at the College of Medicine
to see the honor rolls of donors from both trucks!
Awards and Honors
Gil Wins Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Award
won the Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Award for the College of Medicine for her work with
Dr. Ceylon Isgor
. The winner was decided through
a competitive process in which nominations were sent to college deans for final selection. Student scholars were nominated and selected based on their research and scholarly endeavors.
Melanie will be recognized at FAU's annual honors convocation on April 19. Conducting research in Dr. Isgor's laboratory has inspired Melanie to continue onto graduate school to pursue a career in research.
Sophie Green, a second-year medical student, authored a study titled "Parieto-frontal Gyrification and Working Memory in Healthy Adults," which was published in Brain Imaging and Behavior. Click here to read the study.
Christine Erie, a second-year medical student, authored a study titled "Schooling diabetes: Use of continuous glucose monitoring and remote monitors in the home and school settings" which was published in Pediatric Diabetes. Click here to read the study.