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April/May 2010
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We hope you enjoy the latest in ID news!
Regional News
We encourage our subscribers to visit the Florida Infectious Diseases Society website at The web site was developed as a resource consisting of physicians in Florida dedicated to the prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of Infectious Diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
 Creative Educational ModelsCreativeEd
Co-developed by Dr. Richard Oehler, Associate Professor of Medicine and Dr. John Sinnott, Director, Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine,  the ID division recently launched the IDPodcasts Mobile Viewer, the first-ever "streaming media" iPhone application released by USF Health and the first infectious diseases mobile phone application developed under the State of Florida University system.
Available as a free download, users can enjoy more than one-hundred hours of infectious diseases medical podcasts streamed to the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.  The IDPodcasts Mobile Viewer is one of three USF Health apps available through iTunes, and it is the first produced in partnership with Absolute Mobile Solutions.
The IDPodcasts Mobile Viewer application can be downloaded from the iTunes app store (keyword is "id podcasts") or by clicking here. Make sure to download the app today!
Click here
to read the official press release.
 International ProminenceCreativeEd
International Medicine Scholarly Concentration Graduating Students 
The College of Medicine, Office of International Affairs held its final Scholarly Concentration meeting for the school year on April 7th. Congratulations to the five graduating medical students who have completed the Scholarly Concentration in Public Health, International Medicine Track Co-directed by Dr. John Sinnott and Dr. Lynette Menezes
For their final year presentation, the students presented on their international projects. The student projects covered a diverse range of issues including Prevention of Drowning in Bangladesh; Justin Sempsrott, Dental Caries in the Dominican Republic; Mara Levitt, Medical Mission to Guatemala; Mary Baker, Cervical Cancer Screening Among HIV Infected Women in a Local Health Department Setting; Maria Khambaty and Disaster Response by Health Care Providers During the Recent Haiti Earthquake; Jane Mai. 
The student presentations were both intellectually stimulating and emotionally captivating. As Max Miller an MS I student exclaimed, "I am inspired after last nights meeting and really excited about this opportunity." (Max will be going to the Dominican Republic this summer). 
We wish our graduating students great success as they move on to their residencies.
Dr. Lynette Menezes, Mary Baker, and Dr. Robert Brooks
Mary Baker, MD matched at University of South Florida College of Medicine and will be completing her residency in Pediatrics.
Dr. Lynette Menezes, Maria Khambaty and Dr. Robert Brooks
Maria Khambaty, MD matched at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and will be completing her residency in Opthamology.
Dr. Lynette Menezes, Mara Levitt and Dr. Robert Brooks
Mara Levitt, MD matched at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina and will be completing her residency in Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Lynette Menezes, Jane Mai and Dr. Robert Brooks
Jane Mai, MD matched at University of South Florida College of Medicine and will be completing her residency in Internal Medicine.


Justin Semprott
Justin Sempsrott, MD matched at University of Nevada in Las Vegas. He will be completing his residency in Emergency Medicine.
Entrepreneurial Academic ModelsEntrep
Dr. Beata Casanas developed a new Clinical Rotation: Scholarly Concentration Student Rotation with Disease Control at the Tuberculosis Clinic, BMS 6991 located at the Hillsborough County Health Department. 
Dr. Somboonwit developed a second Infection Control contract with Bay Area Anesthesia.
HIV Research
The Florida HIV Reasearch Unit is currently enrolling for new studies. Please visit  for more information.
"Surfing the Web: Infectious Diseases Resources for the iPhone"
has been published in the May 1st issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The article was co-authored by two USF infectious diseases faculty, Richard Oehler, MD and John Toney, MD, and incoming USF ID fellow Kevin Smith, MD.
click here to view the publication.
Dr. Shreyas Gangadhara is the recipient of the Carl Flatley Sepsis Scholarship.
Dr. Seetha Lakshmi is the recipient of the Rossignol International Scholarship.
Scientific Update
Some of the most recent news in Infectious Disease include the following articles, please click on the article title below to read them in their entirety.
 USF ID on Animal Planet
Animal Planet is using many of the images from the USF Infectious Disease Parasitology Image Library again for a second season of  "Monsters Inside Me."  Be sure to check out the show! Program Schedule  
Dr. Casanas
Dr. Beata Casanas
, DO, FACP, was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society on March 15th.
Dr. Casanas was also recently inducted to Fellowship of the American College of Physicians on April 22, 2010.

Dr. Ana Velez was invited to be a panelist at the 2010 Tampa Bay YOUNG WOMEN'S Leadership Symposium. The symposium is an opportunity for young women to learn leadership skills, team building, public speaking, goal setting, critical thinking, gender equity and much more from influential women in Tampa Bay.

Dr. Casanas was invited by the  Infectious Disease Association of the University of South Florida to be a panelist at the Global Health Career night on April 5th. She represented the USF College of Medicine and was joined by other leading community experts and discussed why she chose a career in infectious disease with students interested in global health and infectious disease medicine.
Congratulations  to Dr. Donovan who recently joined the Infectious Disease Associates of Sarasota. She joins past ID Fellows Dr. Julie Larkin and Dr. Michael Milam.
The Division welcomes current Fellow, Dr. Sally Alrabaa as an official resident of the ID Division.
In the News
The TBT newspaper recently added to the World in a Snap section a subsection  titled "Reader Photo of the Day" and our very own Sharon Stiner's photo of the space shuttle launch was the very first photo featured!
Click here to view the featured photo.
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ID Conferences (for students & professionals interested in ID). Please kindly RSVP to Tammy Grice at
Save the Date! The St. Pete Pride Festival is Saturday, June 26th. The USF Health HIV Research Unit will have a table at the event and will be handing out research information and other goodies. The festival runs from 21st Street to 28th Street in downtown St. Pete. For more information please visit
John Sinnott

John Sinnott MD FACP
                                                                    Associate Dean of International Affairs
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