By Wendy Sarubbi | April 2, 2012 12:59 pm

For the second year in a row, the UCF College of Medicine’s chapter of the American Medical Student Association has won a national award for its efforts to inspire future physician leaders. The college received its second Paul R. Wright Chapter Success Award at the AMSA National Convention in Houston March 8-12.

The award is given to chapters who are “dedicated to inspiring future physician leaders, whether through local events, activities, leadership development series, or calls for action.”

In addition, 12 UCF medical students presented posters at the 17th Annual AMSA Foundation Poster Session and won two out of four first place awards.

M-3 students Tiffany Chen and Katherine Ferstadt won the Curriculum Development & Educational Projects category with their project titled, “Changes in medical students’ knowledge and attitudes following integration of LGBT topics into a medical school curriculum.” Their study examined how UCF’s medical school curriculum shapes health care for that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The two M-3 students began the study as part of their Focused Individualized Research Experience (FIRE) at the college.

The second first-place winner was “A collaborative community service project to assist at-risk geriatric patients” by Casey Dedeugd, Mitch Popovetsky, Lena Ning and Sophie Thibault.  They won in the “Community Development Service” category for a poster on their “Adopt a Senior” program in Osceola County.

Because of their strong showing, a photo of UCF’s AMSA attendees is included on the national organization’s website home page. “I’m so impressed by all that our AMSA members have accomplished,” said Dr. Marcy Verduin, associate dean of students. “They represent UCF COM well.”

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