Upcoming Events 

October 28, 2016
Speaker: Charles Shang
Motion Control and Tracking in Current Lung Cancer SBRT

4:30 p.m. in SE 101

November 8, 2016

FAU Neuroscience Seminar Series: Kathryn Commons
More info here.

February 7, 2017
Faculty Recognition Ceremony and Development Presentation

February 24, 2017
Medical Student and Resident Research Day
More info here.

March 17, 2017
Match Day

April 28, 2017
Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony and Reception
White Coat

Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Announced

Florida Atlantic University has  named Phillip M. Boi selle, M.D. as the new dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. 
Boiselle, who currently serves as associate dean for academic and clinical affairs, and professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the cardiothoracic imaging division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will assume his role as dean effective in January 2017. 

He will spearhead FAU's College of Medicine, one of 141 accredited allopathic (M.D.) medical schools in the United States, which admitted its inaugural class in 2011. Boiselle is poised to build upon the success of the college's innovative medical student education program and to expand its graduate medical education program in partnership with a consortium of five Palm Beach County hospitals. He also will oversee and build upon the college's vibrant research focus areas, including neuroscience and healthy aging, two of the key pillars of research strength in the University's strategic plan.  Click here for full story.
Medical Students Develop Geriatric Student Interest Group 

College of Medicine students Lena Vaynberg, and Keira Nassetta,  with the help of their mentor and faculty advisor Dr. Mandi Sehgal, showcased the new FAU College of Medicine American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Student Chapter, at the Palm Beach County Medical Society Future of Medicine Summit.

Established in 2016, the FAU AGS Student Chapter seeks to educate all medical students about the clinical needs and health care concerns of older adult patients and to encourage and provide opportunities to perform and present clinical and basic science research in geriatrics. Chapter co-presidents Vaynberg and Nassetta and Dr. Sehgal, the Co-Director of the Geriatrics Curriculum Thread and Associate Director of the M3 Geriatrics/Palliative Care Clerkship, founded this interest group with the mission of shaping students into health care providers dedicated to improving the health, independence, quality of life, and well-being of all older adults.

The FAU chapter will achieve these goals through various activities held throughout the academic year including but not limited to panel discussions, lectures, sensitivity training, community service, and residency advising. Any students or community members that are interested in being a part of or participating with the group should reach out to Keira Nassetta.
Boynton Beach High Students Train 
at FAU Simulation Center

Through an innovative community outreach program to support diverse and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers in medicine, 40 sophomore students from Boynton Beach High School had the opportunity to experience what it's like to be a physician for the day as they learned first-hand how to respond to medical emergency scenarios using state-of-the-art simulation technology. The high school students were mentored by medical students in the College. This program is a new affiliation between FAU's College of Medicine and Boynton Beach High School Medical Sciences Academy.

College of Medicine Blood Drive 
a Recording-Breaking Success 

Forty-eight units of blood were collected on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the College of Medicine Blood Drive. A big thank you to Morgan Sutter, the Pediatric Interest Group, Jesse Santos , and Adriana Koek from AMSA for helping to make this event such a great success! Of course, we thank all of the individuals who came out to donate as well. See a full list here .
Students Participate in Active Learning Session on Falls 

As part of the Geriatrics Longitudinal Curriculum Thread, co-directed by Drs. Mandi Sehgal and Joseph Ouslander, the second-year medical students at the College, participated in an active learning session on falls. During this session, students were asked to apply and demonstrate knowledge learned in a station-based, relay race format .

Students appreciated the session, as demonstrated in two responses to the session below.

"The Falls Active Learning Session was a fun and creative way to provide awareness about the significance, risk factors, causes, and prevention of falls in older adults. With this in mind, I feel that we will all be better equipped to evaluate and identify things that would predispose a falling incident, and also use this knowledge to manage and minimize a patient's risk. Now, when I see older patients in the exam room who may be at fall risk, I'll have these tools in the back of my mind to guide my thinking and treatment strategies." - Andrew Do

"In this session, we learned how to determine if our patients are at risk of falling, performed a focused exam on a patient with a history of a fall, and reviewed strategies for reducing the risk of future falls. These skills will serve us well as physicians, given that falls are one of the leading causes of injury and death among older patients. As a student with an interest in geriatrics, I am grateful that our curriculum devoted time and attention to this pressing issue." - Keira Nassetta
Invitational Golf Tournament to Raise Student Scholarship funds 

The Ira J. Gelb invitational Golf Tournament will be held on Dec. 1, 2016. Proceeds from the event will go toward student scholarships at the College. Click here for more information and to register.
Faculty and Staff Present 
at Clerkships Conference 

The international meeting, Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships, took place in Toronto this month. Dr. Sarah Wood,
Dr. Jen Foster, Dr. Joanna Drowos, and Lacey Sorrentino presented information about the innovative clerkship programs at the College, which produced significant interest. Several of the presentations were collaborations with other medical programs such as University of California San Francisco and University of North Carolina Asheville.

Read abstracts from the conference here.
Ouslanders Hold BBQ 
for Internal Medicine Residents

Dr. Joseph and Lynn Ouslander held a barbeque event for Internal Medicine Residents.
Gabrielsens Welcome New Member 
of College Family

James Joshua Gabrielsen, son of Stephanie and John Gabrielsen, was welcomed into the world on Oct. 24, 2016 at 8:06 a.m. Mom, Dad, and baby are both all doing well!
Honors & Awards

College Faculty to Participate in Harvard Macy Program

Two College faculty members   have been accepted to the Harvard Macy Scholars program this year. The selective program is designed to enhance the professional development of physicians, basic scientists, and other healthcare professionals as educators. Read more about the program here .

Dr. Mandi Se hgal will be working on a project entitled "Assessing 
Medical  Students' Attitudes towards Older Adults through the Lens of an Innovative Geriatrics Curriculum."
She will be surveying our medical students in Year 1 and 2 about their perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors regarding older adults and use  the data gathered to promote change within the current curriculum here at the College.

Dr. Dawn Sherling will be working on a project to foster empathy in first  and second year medical students through listening, communication, and cultural understanding. Listening and communication skills will be based on motivational interviewing techniques. Empathy and cultural competency will be taught utilizing patient stories. These patient stories will be explored using various genres, including essays, longer works of non-fiction, as well as works of fiction. The students will examine the patient experience and their own feelings raised by the stories through reflective writing and discussion groups.
Internal Medicine Resident Received 
the Milton and Joan Bagley Award

Internal Medicine Resident, Andrew Nguyen, received the Milton and Joan Bagley Award, which is given in recognition of the practice of humanistic medicine at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. 
The $5,000 award is based upon the skills exhibited by the First year Resident recipient who has consistently demonstrated, within the daily performance of their medical activities, an unswerving behavior pattern reflecting compassion, caring and empathy in their patient and patient /family relationships and interactions.

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