- College of Medicine Students
A young Sarah Hart initially thought she wanted to become a dolphin trainer when she grew up. But having to assist with a few family medical emergencies while in high school made her realize the healing power of medicine, and it was then she knew she wanted to be a doctor.
Now a fourth year medical student, Hart was recently recognized by the Florida Board of Medicine as part of the Chairman’s Medical Student Recognition program for, “demonstrating extraordinary medical and social competence and skill expected of a young medical professional.”
“After almost four years of dedication, sacrifice, and hard work, this award shows me that the senior members of the medical community believe in me as a future surgeon, clinician, and leader,” Hart said.
While in high school, Hart watched her mother battle a rare heart condition, and few years later played a key part in her grandmother’s end of life care, an experience she says further cemented her decision to pursue medicine.
“It was here I realized how incredible medicine could be,” Hart said. That’s when I realized that I could play a role in saving lives, getting the right diagnosis and finding a resolution to a problem, and the impact it can have on family members.”
At the College of Medicine, Hart is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Chapman Chapter of Gold Humanism Society. She has received several awards for her excellence including the 2014-15 Faculty Choice Award and the 2014-15 Academic Excellence Award.
Dr. Marcy Verduin, associate dean for students at the College of Medicine, nominated Hart for the state board award.
“Sarah is an outstanding student who has excelled in every way during her time at UCF College of Medicine,” Dr. Verduin said. “Not only academically, but also through her research, leadership, and community service. I look forward to watching her career take shape and seeing what the future holds for her.”
After graduating with her M.D. this spring, Hart plans to complete a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as a fellowship in microsurgery. She particularly wants to focus on oncoplastics – reconstructive surgery for cancer patients who have had tissue removed.