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Two resident alumni share how they went from receiving scholarships to creating their own

DISTINGUISHED PHYSICIAN ALUMNI AWARD | 10 Dr. Peter Embi, class of 1997, accepts the highest honor given to our alumni



Shadowing opportunities are just one way USF MD alumni are staying connected | 15



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The Bulletin is published by the USF Health Development and Alumni Relations staff for alumni of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.




Two resident alumni share how they went from receiving scholarships to creating their own

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reetings, alumni! It is my pleasure to introduce the return of the Morsani College of Medicine’s Bulletin alumni newsletter in print form. As graduates of this incredible institution, you know better than anyone the impact of a USF medical education, and we want to keep you informed of the latest activities at your alma mater. After a very successful Match Day, we were proud to have graduated 164 new physicians at the Morsani College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony in April. Among the class of 2017, 37 graduates (23%) are staying at USF; 70 (43%) are staying in Florida; and 56 graduates (35%) chose primary care as their specialty (internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics). I am also pleased to share that the medical college rose another six spots in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation’s Best Medical Schools for Research. We are ranked No. 56 (up from No. 63 last year) according to the Best Graduate Schools rankings released in March. Our rapid rise in this ranking has been driven by the dramatic increase in the number of our highly competitive applicants, rising MCAT scores of our incoming medical students, our growing NIH research funding portfolio, and improving peer assessments from the leadership of other U.S. medical schools. Such national rankings serve to measure our academic accomplishments, and I am very proud of all the hard work that has propelled this upward trajectory.



Dr. Peter Embi, class of 1997, accepts the highest honor given to our alumni

CONTACT OUR STAFF We are also finalizing plans for the new downtown building, as construction is expected to start in the next month. This September, we will be celebrating the MD Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony. You can help welcome an incoming physician by sponsoring their first white coat. To get involved, please contact Bari B. Ciocia at (813) 974-9516 or You serve as an important ambassador for USF in the medical community. I look forward to sharing more about these exciting developments at your medical college in person at the Alumni Reunion Weekend on September 8 and 9. If you have not yet registered, you can do so by visiting the Alumni Society website or I hope to see you soon! All the best,

Catherine Warner Assistant Director of Alumni Relations (813) 974-6850 Lia Ferretti Development Coordinator for Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement (813) 974-3075


From student shadowing, to event hosting, there are plenty of ways to stay involved at USF

Bari B. Ciocia Assistant Director of Annual Giving (813) 974-9516 Dr. Steven Specter Associate Dean of Alumni Relations and Advancement (813) 974-5193 Kara Steiner Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement (813) 974-3023

Charles Lockwood MD, MHCM Senior Vice President, USF Health Dean, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine


Audriana Bruno Communications and Marketing Officer (813) 974-5563

Upcoming Alumni Activities Alumni Society Board Meeting

August 11, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. Tampa Museum of Art (Lecture Hall) 120 West Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602 Contact: Catherine Warner |

Fall Lecture

November 2017 | Date and time TBA USF campus Contact: Catherine Warner | This fall, enjoy a lecture from Dominic D'Agostino PhD, Associate Professor, Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology on campus. Details to come.

MD White Coat Ceremony

September 1, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. Contact: Bari B. Ciocia | Do you remember your first white coat? Join us as we welcome the newest class of future physicians at USF. Can't come but still want to get involved? You can sponsor an incoming student's white coat. Visit: or use attached envelope.

Alumni Reunion Weekend

September 8-9, 2017 | Various locations Contact: Lia Ferretti | Details on back cover. Register:



Medicine Alumni Society Board The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society Board serves as the governing body of the Alumni Society for the purpose of ensuring that the Society’s mission - to support alumni and students in their roles as advocates, advisors, benefactors and educational partners – is fulfilled. We work to engage and build relationships with fellow alumni. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Catherine Warner, assistant director of alumni relations, at or (813) 974-6850.

Alumni & Student Programming Committee

Elizabeth Sagatys MD ’03, Chair Works on several initiatives throughout the academic year that focus on bringing students and alumni together. This includes events and programs such as the Alumni-Student Meet and Greet, shadowing, mentoring, alumni-led lecture series, and student hosting. Time commitment: 1-5 hours per year on average and attendance at various events.

Board Members OFFICERS Sion “Bill” Carter MD ’87 Chair Aman Bhullar MD ’07 Vice Chair Nishit Patel MD ’10 Secretary/Treasurer Valerie Riddle MD ’89 Immediate Past Chair

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o all of you who support our Alumni Society, whether through volunteerism, giving to your class scholarships, attending events, advocacy, or working behind the scenes to enhance our organization, I am grateful for your participation. Our Alumni Society welcomes resident alumni as well. There are so many ways to be involved and I encourage each of you to stay connected with your alma mater. Our recent annual meeting was very successful. It was wonderful to see several alumni and faculty attend, which I take as a very positive sign for our organization’s future. In addition to re-electing Dolores Lowe MD ’93; Rahul Mehra MD ’92, Chris Pittman MD ’88, Elizabeth Sagatys MD ’03 and Deborah Trehy MD ’78 for a second term of service on the board, we welcomed new board members David Cooper MD ’96 and Rose Tillis, president of MCOM’s Student Council. We also thanked exiting board member Dan Riggs MD ’81 for his service on the board over many years. Dr. Lockwood provided an energetic update about USF’s downtown plans-- amazingly more space may be needed even before construction begins! Later that evening, we were pleased to honor Peter Embi MD ’97, our 2017 Distinguished Physician Award recipient.



He offered inspiring words of gratitude about the college when he accepted his award at the Commencement Dinner. It’s been a very productive year! I hope you share my excitement and sense of momentum when you learn more about the many things going on involving the Alumni Society. We look forward to the annual MCOM Alumni Reunion Weekend on September 8 and 9, we plan to introduce more events and activities in the next few months. See page 3 for details. Please keep in mind that as alumni, we can and do make an impact on student’s lives and the future of medicine by making USF MCOM our philanthropic priority. The crushing debt the typical medical student faces today is over $150,000, and scholarship support is crucial. These students need financial help and advocacy. I hope you will consider a donation to your class scholarship fund, which directly supports students. Best regards,

DIRECTORS David Cooper MD ’96 Corey Howard MD ’90 Daniel Kapp MD ’98 Dolores Lowe MD ’93 Rahul Mehra MD ’92 Jane Messina MD ’88 Chris Pittman MD ’88 Elizabeth Sagatys MD ’03 Kerry Thomas MD ’08 Rose Tillis MD ’18 Candidate Deborah Trehy MD ’78 EX-OFFICIO Diane Duffy MD ’89 Carolyn Nicolosi Greg Nicolosi PhD Cyndi Yag-Howard MD ’93 Charles Lockwood MD, MHCM Bryan Bognar MD Kira Zwygart MD ’98 Jo-Ann Alessandrini MA ’98 Steven Specter PhD Catherine Warner

Awards & Recognition Committee

Paul Wallach MD ’84, Chair Recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to either the college or the field of medicine. Committee members, comprised of previous award recipients and board members, help to identify and evaluate alumni nominations, identify appropriate opportunities to make formal awards, and assist in establishing award criteria. Time commitment: 1-5 hours per year on average and attendance at awards ceremonies.

Marketing & Communications Committee

Dolores Lowe MD ’93, Chair Works on increasing the visibility of the Alumni Society. Committee members offer their input regarding publications, website and social media. They are also asked to help publicize and recruit alumni participation at events. Time commitment: 1-5 hours every six months and attendance at various events.

Nominating Committee

Diane Duffy MD ’89, Chair Works on developing policies for board recruitment, receives and evaluates nominations, and presents the slate of new officers and directors for approval at the annual meeting. Time commitment: 1-5 hours per year on average attendance at the annual meeting.

Residency Alumni Committee

Corey Howard MD ’90 & Nishit Patel MD ’10, Co-Chairs Works to connect with current and former residents to provide increased value to both the alumni and the medical college through networking, educational and fundraising opportunities. Time commitment: 1-5 hours per year on average and attendance at various residency events.

Reunion Class Champions

Made up of alumni in class years celebrating milestone anniversaries Helps plan the fall alumni reunion for milestone anniversary classes and contact classmates, encourages them to attend the reunion and helps raise funds for class scholarships. Time commitment: 1-5 hours every four months on average and attendance at reunion.

Sion “Bill” Carter MD, Class of 1987 Chair, USF Health MCOM Alumni Society ALUMNI NEWS SUMMER 2017



LOOKING AHEAD The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute is moving to downtown Tampa in late 2019. This building will bring more than 2,200 students, faculty and staff to live, work and study downtown as a key anchor in Water Street Tampa, the highly anticipated $3 billion revitalization project of downtown Tampa. By moving within a mile of its primary teaching hospital, TGH, USF will attract the brightest students and faculty, and will increase federal research dollars to fight heart disease.

The Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange Florida Blue’s $1 million gift to the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute building in downtown Tampa was recognized by the USF Board of Trustees last week with the naming of its medical library.

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“We are thrilled to see Florida Blue support the Morsani College of Medicine’s move to downtown Tampa as a million-dollar investor,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “Florida Blue stands as a strong advocate for USF and the health of Floridians, and we value their partnership.” CONCEPTUAL ONLY

The new building will stengthen Tampa's regional economy, sparking at least $2.35 in local economic activity for every $1 in NIH funding. It will attract the best students, residents and researchers, elevating the prestige of the University of South Florida and Tampa Bay, retaining more high-achieving physicians to care for the community.


Water Street Tampa is planned to become the first-ever wellness district, creating a healthier, more beautiful community.

More than a medical library, the Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange will serve as a hub for connecting people and ideas in the new USF downtown building. As libraries depart from housing stacks of printed collections, the Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange will instead host the research librarians who can help students, researchers and patients access an ever-expanding trove of digital information. “Medical knowledge is expected to double every 73 days by the year 2020, which greatly affects the way we need to train tomorrow’s doctors,” said Dr. Charles Lockwood, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. “The Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange will become a central resource in helping our students learn how to navigate these emerging discoveries to serve their future patients.” The 5,000-square-foot Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange will be open to the public and feature a large-scale video wall for multimedia presentations, an executive-style reading room, a

reference desk, and a space for technology demonstrations and recording lectures for online learning. “Keeping pace with the rapidly evolving world of health data and technology is critical in today’s health care environment. The Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange is aptly named, as it will serve that goal by facilitating information sharing and collaboration among students, health professionals and entrepreneurs,” said Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty. “USF and the Tampa Bay community are well positioned to be a center of health knowledge and learning. We are very proud to be a part of this public facility, which aligns so closely with our own mission of helping people and communities achieve better health.” “Florida Blue’s generous gift fulfills our vision to create a technology rich knowledge environment to support learning, discovery, and patient centered care. The impact of this gift will be better health for our community and the world,” said Rose Bland, MPA, MA, AHIP, director of the Shimberg Health Sciences Library. In addition to the USF Downtown expansion, the Florida Blue Foundation has supported other areas of USF Health and the Muma College of Business, and is a corporate member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy. “It is through the philanthropic investment of community partners like Florida Blue that we will complete the vision of USF Downtown,” said USF Foundation CEO Joel Momberg. “We are grateful for Florida Blue’s generosity and leadership.”

Make your mark Stay tuned for an exclusive alumni opportunity launching this fall to leave your legacy on the new medical college! Contact Kara Steiner at or (813) 974-3023 for more information. 6






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hey met in their undergraduate years at a USF research lab for brain pathology. Two weeks later, they were engaged. John Miller BS ’09, MS ’10, MD ’15, describes meeting his wife, Wai Wai Miller BS ’11, MD ’14, as “love at first sight.” With a combined five degrees from their alma mater, the Drs. Miller are no strangers to the University of South Florida. Although John and Wai Wai both received a similar education, Wai Wai relied highly on donor support. “I came from a poor family,” Wai Wai said, “I have always dreamed of becoming a doctor, but finances were limited.” Wai Wai received several scholarships during her time at USF, “Not only did it


freshmen TO philanthropists Shortly after completing their undergraduate and medical degrees at USF, resident alumni Drs. John and Wai Wai Miller decided it was time to create their own scholarship to help students follow their dreams.

help me financially, but also I never felt alone or thought about giving up when things became hard because I knew that the people who provided the scholarship believed in me.”

student who really excelled and did what they could to give back to the field,” John said.

Fast-forward to 2016, just one year out of medical school. Wai Wai and her husband made the decision, during a conversation in the car one day, to become scholarship donors themselves.

“If we could give the scholarship to everyone, that would be ideal" Wai Wai said. "Unfortunately, we do not have such funds. Therefore, we decided to pick one student each. Perhaps in the future, we can expand the scholarship even more.”

Wai Wai says she understands the role that financial aid plays for medical students and vividly remembers the feeling of receiving scholarships herself.

For fourth-year students, there is the additional challenge of residency applications and traveling to different statesfor interviews.

After reflecting on those who supported her, she and her husband came up with a plan to continue to spread that encouragement.

The more programs a student applies to, the more the cost rises.

“The idea was to make a merit-based scholarship for one fourth-year psychiatry student and one fourth-year neurology


“I can't emphasize how important it is to find the right residency program," Wai Wai said, "I don't want them to shy away from applying to programs because of the cost."

"We hope that our scholarship will help them find the right residency program." One of these students was Nakul Batra MD ’17, who received the Miller Excellence in Neuropsychiatry Scholarship last year. To Nakul (now Dr. Batra), medical school could be a daunting experience. In those instances, scholarship support was more than just financial. “I think it’s so much more about that bond that you can create,” he said, “[The Drs. Miller] are both absolutely exemplary physicians and really serve as role models for students like me.” The Drs. Miller have awarded scholarships to four medical students so far and look forward to a continued relationship with USF. “The connections you make with the students and the difference you make

in their lives means so much to them,” John explained. “That’s probably the driving force that I think really makes it all worthwhile in the end.”

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“I was thinking, ‘When should I do this?’” Wai Wai said, “Maybe when I become an official attending, or maybe when I have more money? But one day it clicked and I said, ‘Why wait when we can do it now?’” For anyone who asks the Drs. Miller what they get out of starting a scholarship, Wai Wai has a simple answer: JOY. “I remember vividly the moment I received a scholarship as a medical student,” she said, “It was an unforgettable moment filled with so many emotions. When I saw my own scholar receive their awards, it took me back to the same memory I have and I get a chance to relive the joy every time.”

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For more information on how to give to the medical college or to your own class scholarship, contact Bari B. Ciocia at (813) 974-9516 or or see attached envelope.



Distinguished Physician Alumni Award

The 2017 USF Health Morsani College of Medicine’s 43rd Commencement Ceremony was held at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Peter Embi MD ’97 MS, FACP, FACMI

USF Morsani College of Medicine Board members attend the 2017 Commencement Ceremony and walk in the Alumni and Faculty Path of Honor. From left: Deborah Trehy MD ’78, Corey Howard MD ’90, Greg Nicolosi PhD, Aman Bhullar MD ’07, and Valerie Riddle MD ’89.

The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society proudly recognized Peter Embi MD ’97 as the 2017 Distinguished Physician Alumni Award recipient at the Medicine Commencement Dinner on April 19. The award is the highest honor the Alumni Society bestows upon alumni to recognize exemplary dedication to the profession of medicine, insightful contributions to the medical profession, tireless efforts to the community, and continued professional and personal growth. Dr. Embi is an internationally recognized researcher, educator and leader in the field of clinical and translational research informatics. He earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1997. Dr. Embi serves as president and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute and is the Sam Regenstrief Professor of Medicine at Indiana University. He also serves as associate dean for informatics and health services research for the IU School of Medicine, associate director of informatics at Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute; and vice president for learning health systems at IU Health. He previously served in various leadership positions at The Ohio State University, including Interim Chair of Biomedical Informatics, Informatics Director of the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and Chief Research Information Officer at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. 10


Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he was the founding director of the UC Center for Health Informatics. Among his numerous awards and recognitions, Dr. Embi is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and he is Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association. He also authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations describing his innovations in the field. Dr. Embi humbly accepted the award, stating that he couldn’t believe 20 years had passed since graduating from USF. He acknowledged his parents, classmates, faculty, and the various people along his journey that had an impact on his life. He expressed gratitude to the Alumni Society for the recognition and to USF for providing the strong foundation upon which he built his career. In an interview with Valerie Riddle MD ’89 and Dolores Lowe MD ’93, Dr. Embi spoke about his experience at USF. He explained that his training as aphysician and the excellent education he received allowed him “to be as good, or better, than any of my colleagues from any other medical school in the country.” “The humanism and the values that were infused in me and my classmates when we were [at USF], showed me how to be a real physician and continue to drive what I do.” View the full interview here:

Steven Specter PhD, associate dean for alumni relations and advancement (left) and Distinguished Physician Alumnus Peter Embi MD ’97 MS, FACP, FACMI (right) stand with the historic mace.

USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony


s alumni, you can inspire, teach, mentor and provide future physicians with meaningful connections and advice. Every year, the graduating class at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) is automatically welcomed as a member of the MCOM Alumni Society. This year, we welcomed 164 new members at the medical college’s 43rd Commencement Ceremony on April 20 in downtown Tampa, where they accepted their academic hoods and diplomas in front of family, friends and USF faculty and leadership. USF System President Judy Genshaft addressed the class: “Today you join a community of health care professionals that spans every continent of the world; a community that contributes to the advancement of our society through a commitment to making life better.” Dr. Genshaft presented a USF Honorary Degree to Victor J. Dzau MD, president of the National Academy of Medicine and special commencement guest speaker. Dr. Dzau offered encouragement to the graduating physicians: “You are among the most valuable contributions that USF will make to our society. You are the future leaders we need right now to help tackle big challenges. We need you to do the research and to make those great leaps forward. We need you to provide your patients with the best available evidence-based care."

"And now, more than ever, we need you to share that evidence – and yes, to defend it — beyond the walls of the clinic or the laboratory. We need you to make sure that research and medical advances are benefiting not just some of us, but all of us.” As our newest physicians prepare to move on to the next stage of their education and begin to tackle the biggest issues facing our community, the existing members of the MCOM Alumni Society offered a few words of advice: -

“Trust your education – you are well-prepared.” “Make your own physical, financial, and spiritual wellness a priority in your life." “Work hard, stay focused, have fun and remember, it’s all about the patient." “Keep up with changes in medicine, have a thirst for knowledge, stay informed and continue learning.” “Don’t be afraid to seek help from colleagues – never believe you know it all.” “Embrace the experience. Although residency can be difficult at times, it offers great rewards.” “As you embark on this next chapter in your journey, take time to be kind to yourself, your friends, and your family. It will keep your batteries charged so that you can give your patients the best you have to offer.”







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For more information or to participate in any of the following activities listed, please send an email to or call Catherine Warner at (813) 974-6850.

HOST a regional event Our alumni span far and wide, but pride for our alma mater keeps us together. Hosting a regional event allows alumni to network with each other and hear the latest news about the medical college. You choose where you would like to host, whether it's your home or a local spot, and we'll do the rest.

Several groups of alumni have come together in the past year, from West Palm Beach, hosted by Ivy Faske MD ’84, James Goldenberg MD ’89, Daniel Kapp MD ’98, Maureen Whelihan MD ’93, and Steven Specter PhD, associate dean for alumni relations and advancement, to Gainesville, hosted by Douglas Barrett MD ’74 and his wife, Macky Barrett.

VOLUNTEER on an Alumni Society Board committee Volunteer your time on one of our six Alumni Society Board committees! Committees include the Alumni & Student Programming Committee, Awards and Recognition Committee, Marketing and Communications Committee, Nominating Committee, Residency Alumni Committee and Reunion Class Champions Committee. See page 5 for more details.



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CELEBRATE a class reunion Celebrating reunion is the perfect way to reconnect with USF. Last year, more than 140 alumni and guests from the classes of 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 attended reunion weekend. For some, more than 25 years had gone by since graduating and visiting USF! At reunion, the Class of 1976 and emeriti faculty enjoyed a special reception at the USF Gibbons Alumni Center in honor or their 40th anniversary. Soon after, all classes joined them and gathered for the welcome dinner. Alumni enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and colleagues over cocktails and dinner. The weekend continued with tours of the medical college, an on-campus barbecue picnic and an evening at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation.

This year, we're celebrating the classes of 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007 on September 8 and 9! Join us for a weekend of festivities! A welcome dinner, tours of the college, brunch and tours at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in downtown Tampa and a dinner cruise on the Yacht StarShip. For details and registration, visit:

ATTEND an alumni activity Be on the lookout for various alumni activities throughout the year. Unwind after work at an alumni happy hour, be a judge at the annual USF Health Research Day, or connect at a regional reception. All alumni are also welcome to attend our Alumni Society board meetings. Meet the Alumni Society board and let your voice be heard by becoming a part of the planning of its activities. This year's MCOM Alumni Society annual meeting took place on April 19 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. In addition to Alumni Society Board elections, guests heard from each of our six committees who shared information on progress with various alumni projects and events.



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MENTOR a current medical student By becoming a mentor, you provide guidance to our future physicians and teach them lessons they can't learn in the classroom. You can mentor students through structured programs or by participating in events like the Alumni Student Meet and Greet. The annual meet and greet allows students to interact with a panel of alumni who share their knowledge and experiences. This year, 11 alumni participated on the panel including: Brett Bolhofner MD ’80, Sion “Bill” Carter MD ’87, Glenn Catalano MD ’88, Wilson “Jason” Cornett MD ’98, Daniel Heinig MD ’84, Joseph Pecoraro MD ’84, Chris Pittman MD ’88, Dan Riggs MD ’81, Deborah Trehy MD ’78, Elizabeth Sagatys MD ’03, and Kira Zwygart MD ’98. To participate, email

The Scholarly Concentrations Program (SCP) is another mentoring opportunity, offered by Office of Research, Innovation and Scholarly Endeavors (RISE), that grants students the chance to develop scholarship in areas related to medicine that are not part of the core medical curriculum. Students enrolled in this program have volunteered and are highly motivated to engage in research and other scholarly activities. To be a part of the SCP program, please email the RISE office at

SUBMIT nominations

The Outstanding Service Award acknowledges a USF medical graduate who has earned an MD or completed at least one year of graduate medical education at USF, for dedication to excellence in service within the profession of medicine and exceptional community engagement.

Student shadowing is a fantastic way to stay involved with your alma mater while helping to shape the future generations of medical professionals.

To nominate yourself or someone you know for the Outstanding Service Award, visit: The Distinguished Physician Alumni Award is the highest honor the Alumni Society bestows to acknowledge the personal, professional and community contributions of its alumni. The latest recipient was Peter Embi MD ’97 (see page 10). To nominate yourself or a classmate for the Distinguished Physician Alumni award, visit:


Nominations for each award are accepted year-round.

At reunion weekend last year, the Outstanding Service Award was presented to Margarita Cabrera-Cancio MD ’82. Dr. CabreraCancio completed her undergraduate degree, medical school, residency and fellowship at USF. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Currently, Dr. Cabrera-Cancio is Clinical Professor at the MCOM Department of Internal Medicine.

COMMUNITY SERVICE with student-run organizations Join the Latino Medical Student Association on their annual medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic from October 1-6. Details: Can't make the trip? Stay near campus and volunteer with the student-run BRIDGE clinic that provides medical care to people in the university area who are uninsured or living 200 percent below the poverty line. Details:





Each student has a unique story-- where they came from, how they chose medicine and where they see themselves down the road. After spending the summer with the USF Health Development and Alumni Relations office contacting and shadowing alumni, this year's Student Alumni Ambassadors, Gautam Koipallil and Niharika (Niha) Baviriseaty, shared how they felt about the experience. "From psychiatry to surgery, I discovered the unlimited doors of opportunity in medicine available for medical graduates," said Baviriseaty, "I was inspired by the professional lives led by MCOM alumni and grateful for the opportunity to learn from them." Niha was able to learn about various specialties. Many, she said, that are not covered until the clinical years of medical school. "Gaining this much exposure before medical school is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," she said, "I encourage students to be part of this amazing program, which helps develop communication and leadership skills to make an impact in the community. I am really excited for the opportunities USF MCOM offers that will help me to achieve my goals and dreams." Fellow incoming-first-year student, Gautam Koipallil, said that the experience was enriching, allowing him to study a broad range of specialties

through shadowing-- many that he'd never observed. "I’ve spent most of my life fairly fixated on cardiology," he said, "but this opportunity gave me a chance to witness what diverse and cutting-edge treatments our alumni are able to give to our patients. When I begin medical school, I will now have a much more open mind to all of the different specialties that exist within the field." His biggest takeaways from the program were the conversations he had with alumni. "I’ve honestly learned so much that I could never get from a textbook," he said, "I learned about the proper ways to speak to and interact with mentally ill patients. I learned about Navy medicine, the differences between hospital and private practice, and even advice about following a career in academia." He credits the program with giving him a more open mind and an idea of what to expect from medical school. "I’m now more excited than ever to see what the medical field holds in store for me," he said. Thank you to all who participated: Sion "Bill" Carter MD ’87, David Lowry MD ’92, Scott Perrin MD ’04, Christopher Pittman MD ’88, Thomas Pusateri MD ’84, Rachel Ray MD ’92, Dan Riggs MD ’81, Jonathan Stewart MD ’79, David Sugar MD ’92, Leigh Tanner MD ’07, Richard Oehler MD ‘ 92, and Gregory Flynn MD ’79.



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We're celebrating the special anniversary classes of 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007! (but all classes are welcome!) Join us for a weekend of fun activities and reconnect with your classmates. Activities include: A welcome dinner, tours of the Morsani College of Medicine, brunch and tours at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa and a dinner cruise on the Yacht StarShip. This year, we are offering exclusive reunion discounts on hotel stays and things to do in Tampa Bay. If you have not yet received this information, please email or call Lia Ferretti at (813) 974-3075.



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Summer 2017 USF Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society Newsletter  
Summer 2017 USF Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society Newsletter