By Wendy Sarubbi | November 13, 2012 1:07 pm

The UCF College of Medicine celebrated Halloween with a bake sale to benefit United Way and pumpkin carving to help first-year M.D. students practice their surgical skills.

An October 31 harvest/Halloween bake sale included pumpkin cookies, spiced cakes and yogurt-fruit parfaits. Proceeds went to the United Way’s 4th Annual Critical Needs Drive to benefit the Child Life Program at Nemours Children’s Hospital.

That night, M-1 students gathered on the Tavistock Green to carve pumpkins as practice for their work in the Human Body 2 module. The doctors-in-training carved a Pegasus into one pumpkin, “2016” on another and UCF on a third. “Pediatric plastic surgery here I come,” cheered one student as he deftly carved a face on a pumpkin with another small pumpkin in the mouth.

The M.D. students were joined by a four-legged Halloween treat: Lego, a 9-year-old golden retriever owned by M-1 Jasmine Steele. Lego even donned a stethoscope for pictures.

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