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White Coats Ceremony
August 7

Honors & Recognition 


Wilkes Medical Program
Graduates First Student

Emily Senderey recently became the first student to graduate from FAU's highly selective Wilkes Medical Scholars Program, which awards students with a B.A. from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and early admission to the College. She completed her first year of medical school during her senior year of undergraduate study. A graduate of Nova High School in Fort Lauderdale, Senderey served as president of the National Honor Society. She selected the Wilkes Medical Scholars Program because of its small class sizes, emphasis on teaching through problem-based learning, and early exposure to patient care.
Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., published an invited editorial in the current issue of Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine about guidance for clinicians based on the most recent updated guidelines from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. His guidance will assist clinicians to address the clinical and public health challenges to increase utilization of statins in the treatment and prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

AMA-MSS Competition Results

Medical students Alex Levy, Kenan Ashouri, Genevieve Tuveson, and Deborah Soong attended the American Medical Association (AMA) conference in Chicago from June 4-6 to compete in the National AMA-MSS Public Health Case Competition. They submitted their idea during the online qualifying rounds in March and their group was one of 6 teams and 6 schools to make it to the national finals. In March, the objective was to create an innovative project to address mental health care among the homeless population. They developed a mobile clinic termed "Miami-Dade Brain Bus" to serve the homeless population in Miami-Dade County, where the incidence of homelessness is high and economic disparities are vast.  They won second place after Albany Medicine, beating out Rutgers University (NJEM), University of Louisville, Rowan Cooper, and the University of Chicago.
 This & That


Trip to Haiti

Third-year medical student, Cara Reitz, spent four days in Haiti recently shadowing and assisting with the surgery there. Cara hopes to specialize in surgery during her residency.

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College Earns Full Accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education


In less than four years since admitting its inaugural class, the College has earned full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.


White Coat

Accreditation signifies that national standards for structure, function, and performance are met by a medical school's education program leading to the M.D. degree.


Award-Winning Neuroscientist Joins FAU


James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., joins the College of Medicine as Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science with a joint appointment as a Professor in the College of Nursing. He also will serve as the Associate Dean for Clinical Research in the College of Medicine and Medical 

Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center. In his new roles, he will work in two key areas: To build a clinical research infrastructure that will rapidly test new therapies and accelerate these innovations to market; and to create a novel clinical component that will develop new, comprehensive approaches of care for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia and their families to improve their quality of life.

College of Medicine Awarded $2.1M Clinical Trial Contract

John W. Newcomer, M.D., was awarded a $2.1 million contract to study the effectiveness of an injectable long-acting antipsychotic medication in individuals with schizophrenia.

The contract with Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. will last two years. During that time, investigators from

John W. Newcomer

FAU and collaborators that include faculty at the 

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine will evaluate hospitalization rates and metabolic measurements during treatment with long-acting injectable aripiprazole, compared with daily oral antipsychotic treatment in the six months following an inpatient hospital stay related to schizophrenia.


"This research is important because the availability of second-generation long-acting antipsychotic medications offers an important tool to assist patients with medication adherence, which in turn may help lower health care costs and improve quality of life," said Newcomer.

Medical Student Performs
Life-Saving CPR

Medical student, Jacob "Coby" Grand was at preceptor, Dr. Nicholas Breuer's office when a patient in the

podiatrist's office next door had a heart attack. Patients from the podiatrist's office rushed into the internist's office for help. Coby immediately took action, performing life-saving CPR on the patient before the ambulance arrived! "We are all so proud of Coby," said Dr. Breuer and Dr. Lizotte-Waniewski, who witnessed Coby's heroic effort.