By | February 19, 2010 12:00 am

ORLANDO, February 22, 2010 -– The University of Central Florida College of Medicine was featured in Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s “State of the City Address” Thursday. The mayor used the college as an example of Orlando’s transformation from a city identified solely by its visitors to a place where residents are making a difference.

In his speech, Dyer praised Orlando’s growing economic diversity, specifically highlighting the new medical city at Lake Nona. “Southeast Orlando is becoming one of the most dynamic medical, research and transportation corridors in the world. It’s a place where 20 thousand jobs will be born in the next decade,” he said, adding that the new UCF College of Medicine will welcome its second class this summer.

In a video introduction to the speech, College of Medicine Dean Deborah German discussed the collaboration at medical city and its importance to our community. “Medicine is a social sport,” she said. “And when we surround ourselves with partners that create new knowledge, they will share it with our students and our faculty.”

During last year’s White Coat ceremony that welcomed the college’s charter class, Dean German asked students to identify the traits they would want to see in a doctor who was treating a loved one. Students identified many characteristics of the “good doctor,” including caring, passionate, courageous and inquisitive. “We expect each of you will become this doctor,” Dr. German said at the ceremony, pledging her own support and that of the faculty, community and students’ families.

In her interview for the “State of the City Address,” first-year medical student Brittany Moscato echoed those sentiments, describing how Orlando’s growing health services community, its doctors and hospitals are “forming me into the good doctor I need to be.”

You can view the video on the College of Medicine’s role in Orlando’s progress at

Wendy Spirduso Sarubbi,
UCF College of Medicine Information/Publication Services, 407.823.0233

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