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Graduation - April 24
Honors & Recognition

Congratulations to Marion Webster, M.D., and Julie Servoss, M.D., M.P.H.who were nominated by the Palm Beach County Medical Society for the 2015 Heroes in Medicine. Both were selected as finalists for awards in several categories.



Congratulations to Michael T.B. Dennis, M.DThe Florida Board of Governors has appointed Dr. Dennis to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees. He also serves as the chair of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Advisory Board.

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Congratulations, Dr. Menhua Zeng, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Nouri-Shirazi's laboratory who was awarded "The Young Scientist Fund" from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to study the mechanism by which Resiquimod, an immune response modifier, induces a strong cell-mediated immunity by promoting the interaction between dendritic cells and natural killer cells. NSFC, analogous to the NIH in the U.S., manages the National Natural Science Fund, aimed at promoting and financing basic and applied research in China. The Young Scientists Fund is a funding scheme under NSFC's talent funding system, which promotes the independent and creative research projects of young scientists.




Summer 2015 "SURF" awardees. Student, Sabrina Dorfils, under the direction of Faculty Mentor, Dr. Rui Tao, was awarded for her project, "Changes in balance of excitatory and inhibitory neurons in hyperthyroidism." Student, Shalondria Sears, under the direction of Faculty Mentor, Dr. Ewa Wojcikiewicz, was awarded for her project, "Characterization of PfEMP1 domain interaction with monocytes using single cell force spectroscopy."



FL Chapter ACP Residents Meeting Abstract CompetitionInternal Medicine residents will compete in the Clinical vignette category at the upcoming FL Chapter ACP 2015 Annual Resident & Medical Students Meeting, March 28 - 29, in Orlando, FL. For the oral competition, Andre Kydd, M.D., Ph.D., will present "Spinal Epidural Hematoma: A Case with an Unexpected Cause." For the Poster competition, Shawn M. Iverson, D.O., will present "Amniotic Fluid Embolism: Supportive Care, but for How Long?" Alina Kravtsova, M.D., will present "Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma of the Myometrium with Concurrent Acid-Fast Staining Solitary Lytic Lesion of the Tibia," and Samantha Daniel, M.D., will present Dr. Armand Golchin's abstract, "A Case of Cavernous Carotid Aneurysm as a Cause of Massive Epistaxis."

This & That


"I am Hillel". Pictured are Joanna Drowos, D.O., President Kelly, and Technion students, Marina Gitin (4th year) and Oded Edri (2nd year) at the "I am Hillel" dinner on March 10.
Marina and Oded traveled from Israel to attend the dinner through a partnership between the Jewish Federation of Broward County and the Nesher Bridges program.  During their stay, Marina and Oded connected with the local Boca Raton community and visited our college to observe the interactive classroom experience our medical students receive. 



Charles Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., recently spoke at a series of lectures in the community. The photo below was taken during the Valencia Shores lecture. On March 4, Dr. Hennekens presented "Aspirin and Statins: Facts and Myths" at FAU's Lifelong Learning Society Lecture Series. Additionally, on March 13, Dr. Hennekens presented "Strength of the Medical Evidence" at the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine Mid-Year Educational Conference. At the same conference, Joanna Drowos, D.O., presented "Public Health Ethics."



Call for Abstracts. The MHSRS will be accepting abstracts from various research topics for the 2015 meeting until April 3. Submitters will be notified of results by May 8. The MHSRS is the Department of Defense's (DoD) premier scientific meeting. The Joint symposium provides a collaborative environment for military medical care providers with deployment experience, DoD scientists, academia, and industry to exchange information on research advancements and health care developments in the areas of Combat Casualty Care, Military Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, and Military Infectious Disease Research Programs.

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Inaugural Match


On March 20, our medical students discovered where they will train as physicians once they leave the Boca Raton campus. "We have an outstanding inaugural class and a 100 percent match for residencies," said Stuart L. Markowitz, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. "These soon-to-be physicians have successfully vied for extremely competitive positions including neurosurgery, ENT, radiology, and radiation oncology." Match Day is a daunting process for all medical students across the country because their fates are ultimately determined by a complex matching algorithm. According to the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS), over 1,000 MD graduates nationwide went unmatched, thus for a new medical school to obtain a 100 percent match in its inaugural year is indicative of a highly successful medical training program.

The institutions where the 2015 graduating class will attend are among the premier residency programs in the country: Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dartmouth's Hitchcock Medical Center, Yale's New Haven Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Brown University's Rhode Island Hospital. One student will remain right here, attending FAU's internal medicine residency program. Residency concentrations ranged from anesthesiology, obstetrics, and radiology, radiation oncology, to neurosurgery and pediatrics. Future plans include the development of additional FAU residency programs to provide medical students with an opportunity to complete their specialty training locally.

Foundation Funds Diversity Initiative


The Health Career Outreach Program at The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the Quantum Foundation. The HCOP group worked diligently to achieve student outcome 

and teacher training goals withinfour Palm Beach County schools. Serving 186 students in 6-12 grades, HCOP seeks to fill academic and career gaps in medical professions through programming specifically designed to meet the needs of educationally or economically disadvantaged students. HCOP curriculum and delivery exposes students to more than 50 healthcare careers, introducing them to guest speakers, adult and student mentors, shadowing opportunities, and field trips during the school year and summer activities. Parents of participating middle school and high school students are provided with tools to support their child in the achievement of academic goals. HCOP curriculum is dynamic, uniquely meeting the needs of each school in Palm Beach County.


Julie Servoss, M.D., M.P.H., and Mario Jacomino, M.D., M.P.H., have worked to achieve the programming and transition goals for the HCOP program.

With a portion of the funding, Dr. Servoss said she hopes to "initiate a new college roadshow to help students and parents learn how to access college." The $300,000 award from the Quantum Foundation will support Medicine's Diversity efforts for the next three years.

Private Reception

Sydell Miller's Home

Nearly 100 guests gathered on March 11, for a private reception at La RÍverie, the beautiful home of Mrs. Sydell Miller, to learn more about Palm Beach County's first and only medical school. Dr. Michael T.B. Dennis, chair of our advisory board, welcomed the guests and provided an overview of how the school is helping to educate and train tomorrow's physicians.

President, John Kelly also addressed the guests along with Dr. David J. Bjorkman, Dean and Executive Director of Medical Affairs. Several medical students also attended the reception and mingled with the guests as they learned more about the school's innovative curriculum and the importance of scholarships to support medical education.



Med Students Making Waves


Dr. James Orr, Chair of the Florida Board of Medicine, recently recognized medical student, Kyle R. Diamond.

Nominated by Dean Bjorkman, Kyle was a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. 

In medical school, Kyle has held numerous leadership positions while conducting research, preparing publications and presentations, and maintaining honors in all completed clinical clerkships.  He also won the Next Generation Scholarship Award from the Florida Vascular Society in 2013 and 2014.


Pictured below are Daniel Daroszewski and Stephen Freeland, M2 students in Dr. Kantorow's laboratory, who received first place at the Medical Research Day on March 13, for their poster, entitled "3D-Printable Alginate-Gelatin Hydrogel Scaffolds for Growth of Transplantable Retinal Pigment Cell Monolayers. Others contributing authors were Daniel Chauss, Alex Loumakis, and Dr. Lisa Brennan.



The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Distinguished Lecturer Series will wrap up its first leg with the following upcoming lecture:


Friday, April 17 - Charles H. Hennekens, MD, DrPH, First Sir Richard Doll Professor and Senior Academic Advisor to the Dean, presenting "Statistical Association and Causation: Contributions of Different Types of Evidence"


Seminars are from 2-3 p.m. in BC 128. Lunch is served from 1:15-2 p.m. preceding each seminar. For more information, please contact Sara Greene at 561.297.2984, or visit room 343.