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February 2, 2016 - 
Faculty Recognition Ceremony
College of Medicine Lobby and the Gelb Auditorium in the evening. Time to be determined.

February 6, 2016 - Renaissance Ball
Polo Club in Boca Raton at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
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Dr. Learman Joins the
Medical School
Lee A. Learman, M.D., Ph.D., joined the College of Medicine as Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Academic Affairs on October 12. In this role, he is the Designated Institutional Official responsible for all residency and fellowship programs sponsored by the college as well as the recruitment of founding program directors for planned GME programs. The Academic Affairs role will comprise development and execution of College's faculty development strategy, leadership for medical education scholarship and ongoing accreditation with LCME standards. Dr. Learman comes to FAU from Indiana University, where he has served as the Clarence E. Ehrlich Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2008 and is engaged in a variety of national service roles. He serves on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the USMLE Management Committee. He serves as faculty, advisor and Advisory Committee Chair for a national faculty development program in OBGYN - the APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program, and is the past Chair of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is President-Elect of the Society of Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Learman is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed publications including several contributions to the AAMC MedEdPORTAL. His scholarly work spans topics in gynecology, obstetrics and medical education including curriculum development and evaluation, learner assessment, and professionalism in the learning environment. He provides peer review service to over 15 journals including Academic Medicine, has served on the editorial board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and is Editor-in-Chief (Gynecology) of the Obstetrical  & Gynecological  Survey. 
Aligning Education and Practice to Support Inter-Professional Collaboration
The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine have partnered with Boca Raton Regional Hospital on an innovative one-year project funded by The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
The project titled, "Aligning Education and Practice to Support Inter-professional Collaboration," has been designed to bridge the gap between what is being taught in academia and lived in practice. Currently, FAU's medical, nursing, and social work students come together to learn the nationally recommended inter-professional competencies. Collaborations such as these are a new trend in healthcare education, which historically was not part of the curriculum. Caring for patients in an acute-care setting in a hospital requires a team approach and involves a multitude of healthcare professionals including nurses, attending physicians, residents, case managers, pharmacists, and clinical psychologists among others. Each of these professions enters into practice with different skill sets, knowledge, and professional identities that contribute to patient care. Yet, in many circumstances, barriers exist between disciplines that can obstruct a team-based system.
Dr. Caputi Earns NIH Grant
Max Caputi, Ph.D., was awarded a $448,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study HIV replication and develop a novel type of therapeutic drug. The three-year R-15 grant titled "Inhibition of HIV-1 replication by delivery of the SRSF1 RNA Recognition Motifs" expands on Dr. Caputi's previous HIV research.  Drugs used to treat HIV-1-infected individuals cannot completely eliminate the virus. The majority of the available drugs target viral proteins. However, because HIV mutates, the virus develops drug resistant-strains. Dr. Caputi's lab has identified a cellular factor called SRSF1, which can inhibit viral replication. His research proposes to create a truncated version of SRSF1 in bacteria, purify it, and deliver it to infected cells using cell-penetrating peptides with high efficiency. This approach will inhibit viral replication ex-vivo in lymphocytes purified from healthy donors and infected by a number of viral strains.
The 2nd Annual Faculty Retreat
The second annual Faculty and Staff Medical Education Retreat was held in the College of Medicine on September 25, and featured a keynote address by David Roberts, M.D., Dean for External Education at Harvard Medical School. His lecture, titled "Reaching and Teaching Millennial Learners," explored the new challenges and opportunities faced by medical educators when teaching millennial trainees.
Pictured (left to right): Dr. David Roberts, Dr. Sarah Wood, and Dr. Stuart Markowitz.
Dr. Roberts delivered an engaging lecture which challenged participants to identify the characteristics and values that motivate millennial learners. He then invited participants to develop effective learning techniques to highlight specific millennial attributes. The afternoon included an interactive workshop to address examples of professionalism lapses in medical students. The Faculty was encouraged to explicitly communicate professionalism standards to students early in their medical education, and were solicited to review and enhance the college's current policy on student professionalism and academic improvement. The event was well-received by attendees, who enjoyed the "cross-disciplinary, engaged, multi-faceted discussion regarding relevant issues we all face as medical educators," said Sarah Wood, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education. 
College Faculty Member Edits Book on Dementia Care
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine's James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., co-edited a book called Dementia Care, An Evidence-based Approach, which was published in October by Springer. Dr. Galvin is a Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the College, as well as Director of FAU's Institute for Healthy Aging and Lifespan Studies. Galvin is also a professor in the College of Nursing. His co-editor, Marie Boltz, Ph.D., R.N., is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing at Boston College. The book provides an overview of the demographic, clinical psychosocial context of dementia care. It describes evidence-based approaches toward the prevention, detection and treatment of dementia. Dr. Galvin and his co-editor hope the book is a resource for clinicians, students, healthcare administrators and policymakers who hope to improve the quality of life of those with dementia and their caregivers.
Inaugural Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Banquet
The inaugural Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) induction and banquet was celebrated on October 6 at the FAU Faculty Club. The AOA Medical Honor Society is a professional medical organization, recognizing excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. Values include honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals, dedication to serving others, and leadership. Members have a compelling drive to do well, to advance the medical profession, and to exemplify the highest standards of professionalism. The top 25 percent of a medical school class is eligible for nomination to the society, and up to 16 percent may be elected based on leadership, character, community service, and professionalism. Members may also be elected by chapters after demonstrating scholarly achievement and professional contributions and values during their careers in medicine. More than 50 Nobel Prize winners in Physiology, Medicine, or Chemistry, have been AOA members. Thank you to Michelle Schwartz, M.D., for chairing the AOA Committee at FAU. The medical students inducted for 2015 include:
Kathryn Anderson
Benjamin Katz
Courtney Coyle
Sarah Langdon
Kyle Diamond
David Levine
Kayla Florio
John Saydi
Victoria Gau
Jaqueline Wilneff-Ponczek

Note: Kyle Diamond and Jacqueline Ponczek were unable to attend.
Honors & Awards
Faculty Recognition Spans Far and Wide

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Research Park at FAU honored Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D., with the Distinguished Researcher of the Year award for his significant contribution toward the economic development of South Florida in 2015. The ceremony was held aboard the yacht Biscayne Lady on October 2.  "The Research Park has always served as the nexus between private enterprise and public research in South Florida," said Andrew Duffell, president and CEO of the Research Park.  "For our 30th anniversary, we wanted to honor those who are at the forefront of public and private economic development in our region." Click here to read more.

Dr. Ouslander also served as visiting professor at Brown University during the first week of October. While at Brown, he presented two named lectures, i.e., "The Sidney Katz Lectureship" reviewing the topic from bedside to policy; lessons learned from Thirty years of clinical research in long-term care research, and "The Pearl Kameny Memorial Lectureship" reviewing the topic of reducing unnecessary hospitalizations from long-term care facilities. You can read more here.

Award Recipients - PBC Medical Society Future of Medicine Summit

Congratulations to the college's residents and medical students for earning first- and third-place awards in the clinical vignette and research poster competitions at the Palm Beach County Medical Society Future of Medicine Summit held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Recipients of the research awards were Class of 2017 medical students Steven Freeland, Daniel Daroszewski, and Robert Robinson. Steven Freeland, along with co-author Daniel Daroszewski, earned first place and conducted their research in Dr. Marc Kantorow's laboratory. Robert Robinson earned third place and conducted his research in Affiliate Faculty member, Dr. Suzanne Leblang's facility, at the University MRI Center in the Research Park. Recipient of the first place for the clinical vignette was internal medicine resident, Mincie Lau-Swisher, M.D., who worked with medical student, Emily Kelly, and Ralph Palumbo, M.D., intensive care unit attending physician.

Bradley Robinson Presents at
European Symposium

Third-year medical student, Bradley Robinson, was accepted to present his award-winning poster at the third European Symposium on Focused Ultrasound Therapy on Oct. 15-16 in London. Bradley's poster was the culmination of research conducted with Dr. Suzanne Leblang at the University MRI facility. The European Symposium highlights scientific presentations and invited lectures on areas of topical interest in the field, including practical-based teaching on focused ultrasound procedures.


Dr. Martinez receives Women of Distinction 2015

Congratulations to Affiliate faculty member, Gladys Martinez, D.O., F.A.C.P. for receiving the Women of Distinction 2015 Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach. Those who presented her with the award, said Martinez is a caring physician who specializes in preventive medicine.  She is starting a cardiovascular disease prevention program at Christine E. Lynn Women's Health and Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Martinez teaches residents and medical at the College of Medicine and was named Top Teacher in 2013 by her students. She is currently writing a book as an Alzheimer's disease fundraiser and is implementing a Respite Care program for families impacted by this disease.