Upcoming Events

February 26, 2016
Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Vladimir Uversky
Gelb Auditorium | 12:45 p.m.

March 18, 2016
Match Day 2016
Student Union & Live Oak Pavilion | 11:15 a.m.

This & That

Faculty Member's Research Featured on TV 

Dr. Marc Kantorow was featured on WPLG on January 26. A health reporter interviewed him about his recent research about cells in the eyes as a model for understanding aging. See the clip here.


Student Poster Selected as Finalist 

Rishabh Jethanandani has been chosen by the American College of Physicians as a finalist for the poster competition at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine meeting in Washington, D.C. He will present his poster titled, "Elevated Body Mass Index Associated with Early Total Knee Revision." He will be recognized at the Young Achievers Dinner, and given an opportunity to win one of ten $1,000 prizes.


Visiting Technion Students

As a part of an ongoing relationship with Technion, Israel's leading medical institution, two fifth-year medical students from the University spent a week visiting the College this month. Affiliate faculty, Dr. Larry Halperin, hosted the students, who attended lectures and research events as well as tours of local private practices and the University's simulation center.

Technion and the College are continuing to build relationships to benefit both medical students and researchers at the two institutions. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers, as well as chances to enhance students' medical education with inter-cultural experiences continue to grow.


Distinguished Lecture Series

To kick of the distinguished lecturer series, Dr. Vijaya Iragavarapu gave a talk about her research on the effect of pre-existing inflammation on breast cancer metasticis. The next lecture, about intrinsically disordered proteins, will be given by Dr. Vladimir Uversky at noon today, Feb. 26, in the College of Medicine Front Lobby. Lunch will be provided.

View the full schedule of speakers here.


FAU Neuroscience Institute Director to Speak

Dr. Randy Blakely, who joins FAU and the College in May, will give a lecture titled "Rare Opportunities for Progress in ADHD Neurobiology: A Tale of Leaky Dopamine Synapses," on March 17 at 4:00 PM in the Alumni Center Great Hall (Room 109) as part of the College's Distinguished Lecturer Series. There will be a reception before the event at 3:30.


Research Support News

The NIH and NSF released updated guidelines for submissions. Click below for info:

White Coat

Student Service Work Honored

Second-year students participated in service learning projects with local non-profit organizations last summer. On Jan. 29, they gave presentations describing their months of service and innovative developments at these institutions. "Our students are making us proud with their involvement and contribution to our surrounding communities," said Dr. Peter Averkiou, who directs the service learning projects, "These organizations just love the FAU medical students." Click here for a list of the students and the organizations with which they volunteered.
Research and Scholarship Day

Medical students and residents of the College showcased their research at the Medical Student and Resident Research and Scholarship day on Feb. 12 in the Gelb auditorium and College Lobby. 

M1-M4 students participated in the event, presenting 66 abstracts of research and clinical vignettes in a poster symposium. Six
 individuals were selected to deliver oral presentations.
Students were given 10 minutes to present their work to two faculty judges, who were then responsible for selecting 3 winners from the clinical vignette poster category and 3 winners from the research poster category. The six oral presentations lasted 10 minutes each, and the judges chose one winner from each of the two categories. Click here for the list of winners, and photos from the event.

Dr. Caceres modeled the event after the American College of Physicians Conference. The annual event has grown rapidly and encouraged students to build the skills they need to share their research at larger events in the future. Not only are more students submitting abstracts in hopes of participating in the Medical Student and Research and Scholarship Day at FAU each year, but more have gone on to submit their work to national conferences as well. 
Renaissance Ball

More than 300 guests attended the College's ball and raised $300,000 to provide student scholarships. See more photos here.
Pictured: Trevor Reitz, Jonathan Kubik, Leah Roberts, Dr. Ira J. Gelb, June Gelb, Dr. Stuart Markowitz, Dr. Michael T.B. Dennis, Janelle Nassim, Amelia Wong, Keira Nassetta, Stephanie Gopie, Jena Glavy, and Mary Acosta
Honors & Awards

Faculty Teaching Awards

Earlier this month, College faculty gathered to honor 20 members who went above and beyond in 2015. Drs. Sarah Wood, Joe Ouslander, Art Ross, Tom Genuit, Mark Di Corcia, and Lee Learman spoke at the event, which was sponsored by the Drowos Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.

Colleges pays farewell to Dr. Robinson

A farewell party was held for Dr. Phillip G Robinson on Jan. 29. He has designed and implemented many innovative educational activities for the students, and they consistently rate him as an outstanding teacher. He has also made important contributions through his service on several key committees.

Faculty Member Assumes New Role

Dr. Jennifer Foster has assumed a new role as the Director of the M3 Curriculum. In this capacity, Dr. Foster will provide administrative direction to ensure a coordinated and comparable curriculum for the third year of the FAU COM educational program. She will also continue her role as the Director of the Medicine Clerkship.

Dr. Levitt Voted VP of Florida Society of Pathologists

Dr. Morton Levitt was voted Vice President of the Florida Society of Pathologists. He will serve in that capacity until 2017, thence as President-Elect, and eventually (in 2019) as the Society President for a two-year term. He has been serving on the Executive Board of the Society since 2007, and more recently, as President of the PAC.

Women in Medicine

Anya Goldstein and Lawrence Brickman, M.D. collaborated with researchers at Florida International University to conduct an analysis of the number of women obtaining graduate degrees in the health sciences. They found that while the number of women pursuing degrees in medicine has been falling since 2003, the number of women obtaining graduate degrees in alternative health disciplines such as nursing or physical therapy has plateaued. The results were presented in February at the Women in Surgery Conference in Orlando.

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