Bridging Science, Health and Community


Faculty Reception
February 2 in the College of Medicine lobby and the Gelb Auditorium in the evening. Exact time to be determined.

Renaissance Ball
February 6 at the Polo Club in Boca Raton at 6:30 p.m.
 This & That
The Miami Winter Symposium on Inflammation will be held January 24-27, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. Sessions will cover acute inflammation; cardiovascular and metabolic inflammation; neuroinflammation; cancer and inflammation and resolution of inflammation. A  registration portal for Florida universities is available and discounted rates are available. There are no late fees. The deadline for the submission of posters is November 9.
Construction Progress: Work on Second Floor
We will continue to provide a progress picture in each newsletter.

July 2015 

August 2015


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Campus Closing Early for Game
Dean Bjorkman reminds staff and faculty that FAU Boca campus will close at 1 p.m. Friday Sept 11 in anticipation of the FAU-Miami football game traffic. Traveling onto campus in the afternoon will be difficult as the parking lots normally used by faculty and staff will open up for football fans. Please plan accordingly.
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Remembering Dr. Friedland, Founding Dean for the College of Medicine
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Michael L. Friedland, M.D., the founding Dean of the Charles E.
Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, died on August 13. He will be fondly remembered by his Florida Atlantic University family, South Florida's healthcare community and the community-at-large for his numerous contributions in healthcare and medical education as well as his instrumental role in establishing FAU's independent medical school. If you would like to honor Dr. Friedland's memory, click here
An Alternative Procedure to Radical Mastectomy 
Pre-medical student, Elizabeth Hopkins, has spent more than 640 hours shadowing Hilton Becker, M.D., a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an affiliate professor. In 2014, she had a double mastectomy as a preventive  measure, using a revolutionary procedure as an alternative to radical mastectomy.

This new procedure developed by Dr. Becker is minimally invasive and spares the skin, nipple and areola. Hopkins, 32, who has been on both sides of the operating table, tested positive for the genetic mutation in the BRCA2 gene. Together, with Dr. Becker and Jeffrey Lind II, M.D., she co-authored a publication in the current issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, describing the new procedure.
A New Rapid Dementia Screening Tool Rivals 'Gold Standard' Clinical Evaluations  
James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., has developed a way for the layperson to screen for dementia in three to five minutes with results that are comparable to the "gold standard" used by clinicians today. The "Quick Dementia Rating System" (QDRS) validly and reliably differentiates individuals with and without dementia. When dementia is present, it accurately stages the condition to determine if it is very mild, mild, moderate, or severe. QDRS has applications for use in clinical practice, to pre-qualify patients in clinical trials, and for prevention studies, community surveys, and biomarker research. Dr. Galvin is the brainchild behind QDRS and recently published an article on his findings in Alzheimer's & Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer's Association. He has developed a number of dementia screening tools including the AD8, a brief informant interview to translate research findings to community settings that has been used worldwide to detect dementia in diverse populations.
When Treatment Becomes
End of Life Care
Benjamin Bensadon, Ed.M., Ph.D., was recently interviewed by AAMC for an article published in the July/August 2015, "Having the talk: when treatment becomes end-of-life care." Conversations about end-of-life care are among the most important interactions doctors and patients have. However, for health care providers of all ages, backgrounds, and specialties, they may also prove to be the most challenging. Simulation and multi-faceted feedback are often used to teach medical learners, residents, and clinicians how to better navigate end-of-life discussions. Clinical geriatric psychologist, Dr. Bensadon, has developed a simulation program in geriatric communications. Ethel Wainer, a 92-year-old local resident, plays a "standardized patient" with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who has just been diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer. She is expected to live for four months. Dr. Bensadon portrays her brother and health care proxy and translates that sentiment directly to teaching about end-of-life discussions. "There may not be anything left to do medically," Dr. Bensadon said, "but there is always something left to do for the patient." 
Honors & Awards
  • Third-year medical student, Christian Moseley, recently published a chapter, titled One-pot, direct incorporation of [11CO2] into carbamates in "Radiochemical synthesis Volume 2." The textbook offers a series of procedures intended to provide experimental details that extend beyond the scope of a typical journal's experimental section, but are often critical for successful implementation of a given radiochemical synthesis.
Committee Appointments
  • James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., has agreed to serve as a member of the Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration Study Section, at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements, and honors. More information can be obtained here.
  • Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., was appointed by President John Kelly, to serve on the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee of Florida Atlantic University for the 2015-2016 academic year.
White Coats 4 Care
  • On August 3, our 5th annual White Coats 4 Care event was held at the beautiful Waterstone Resort and Marina in Boca Raton. Thank you to all that made this event possible. To see more pictures, please visit our new Flickr site.
White Coat Ceremony
  • The 5th annual White Coat Ceremony took place on August 7 at the Barry and Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center. We proudly welcome the newly admitted medical students. Photos are viewable on our Flickr site.
Invited Presentations
On July 17, Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr. P.H., delivered the inaugural invited address to the Puerto Rican Society of Cardiology in Fajardo. The title of his lecture was "The Treatment and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease:  Emerging Clinical Challenges in Lipid Modification."