Fort Pierce Regional Campus of FSU College of Medicine, Scholarships
On Thursday, June 30, the Lawnwood Medical Executive Committee presented scholarships to four students from the Fort Pierce Regional Campus of the Florida State University College of Medicine. The scholarship’s purpose is to help defray some of the cost of medical education during the clinical years of training. The cost of medical education has been increased by the extreme rise in housing costs for students to bear while attending their clinical rotations. The scholarship greatly assists in maintaining their wellbeing.
The four students selected this year are in the Class of 2023. They are:
Shellon Baugh, born in Portmore, Jamaica, is a compassionate, patient-focused student who is a gifted communicator with a background in teaching that naturally shows during group presentations in the classroom as well as at the bedside. She is applying for an OB/GYN residency.
Amber Hannah, from Quincy, Florida, has a passion for surgery, working with the underserved, and access to healthcare. She always gives 100% of her capacity and is well spoken and friendly to patients and staff alike. She is applying for a surgery residency.
Austin Fulla, from Hialeah, Florida, is dedicated to competent, humanistic patient care. He is professional and reliable, and his volunteer spirit endears him to those that he works with. He is applying for a psychiatry residency.
Mark Cherry, from Tallahassee, is thoughtful and reserved, with a keen mind and excellent clinical reasoning. He is an excellent communicator, soft spoken, and prepared. His verbal response demonstrates that he is well-read and has a broad scope of knowledge. He is applying for a neurology residency.
Additionally, the Lawnwood Medical Executive Committee provided funding for the Advanced Cardiac Life Support training for the 20 medical students in the Class of 2023 at the Fort Pierce Regional Campus.
Students begin medical school centrally at the Tallahassee campus of the Florida State University College of Medicine and complete their first two years of education there. All then transfer to a regional campus to complete the clinical portion of their medical education. Here on the Treasure Coast, students are taught by community-based faculty in hospitals and offices from Stuart to Sebastian.
The Florida State University College of Medicine has 6 regional campuses throughout the state of Florida. The Fort Pierce Regional campus, open since 2007, has graduated 236 doctors to date. The School of Physician Assistant Practice also offers clinical training at regional campuses. The Fort Pierce Regional Campus is currently training 9 PA students in the Class of 2022.
It is the joint hope of the Lawnwood Medical Executive Committee and the Florida State University College of Medicine that many of the former graduates will consider returning to this area to practice medicine in their chosen fields.