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M.D. Admissions Go Virtual

Medical school interviews have gone virtual this year as the UCF College of Medicine supports public-health efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Rather than in-person interview, about 450 applicants will participate in two Zoom-based interviews and then are invited to a virtual visit. That visit includes Zoom discussions, panels and video messages so potential…

Burnett School Graduates 100+ Scientists Amidst Pandemic

On Saturday, 121 young scientists will graduate from the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in a virtual commencement due to  COVID-19 physical distancing requirements. Those earning degrees include  109 undergraduates, nine master’s students and three Ph.D. candidates. Among the graduates is Levi Adams, who spent the last 5 1/2 years studying Parkinson’s disease and will…

New Project Will Explore Telehealth Effectiveness on Veterans During Pandemic

The UCF and Orlando VA Healthcare System research project will examine telehealth for veterans during the pandemic. The team members pictured are, from left, Adam Golden, Andriy Koval, Teresa Carper, Diana Mendez, and Christian King. The switch to remote psychotherapy treatment for veterans diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder has worked for some patients…

Class of 2024 ‘Needed Now More Than Ever’ as They Begin UCF Med School

Kyle Benkel ’20 traded his UCF football jersey for a white coat Monday — even though his new uniform, recognizing him as a physician-in-training, came in a plastic bag instead of being presented at a ceremony. Benkel was one of 120 new College of Medicine students who began training at a time drastically changed by COVID-19. There was…

UCF Health Welcomes Additional Endocrinologist

UCF Health recently welcomed Dr. Amita Kathuria to its physician team. Dr. Kathuria will provide specialty care in endocrinology to patients and also help train medical students at the College of Medicine. As an endocrinologist, she specializes in the treatment of conditions such as Type I and Type II diabetes, thyroid disorders, calcium abnormalities, adrenal…

What Is Contact Tracing? How Can It Help Manage COVID-19?

As COVID-19 infections dramatically increase, so does the risk that you’ve been potentially exposed to someone with the disease – someone who may not have had symptoms yet. That’s why contact tracing is such an important tool in managing the spread of this virus. What is contact tracing, how does it work and why is…

COM Says Farewell to Two Founding Faculty

The College of Medicine recently bid farewell to two founding faculty members – Drs. Mujtaba Husain and Genaro Lopez  – who officially retired from service on June 30. A board-certified pathologist, Dr. Husain joined UCF in 2010 where he played an instrumental role in developing the pathology curriculum for the systems-based modules. He earned his…

Dr. Klapheke Takes on New Role in Psychiatry Residency Program

As the UCF-HCA Orlando Psychiatry Residency Program enters its third year, Dr. Martin Klapheke who previously served as the program’s director has been named director of Psychotherapy Training for the program. In this new role, Dr. Klapheke will be responsible for overseeing the psychotherapy didactics, clinical training, and supervision of the residents throughout their four…

The Importance of a Sleep Routine During COVID-19

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults over age 18 get more than seven hours of sleep a night as part of a strategy to achieve peak mental and physical performance. But the stresses of COVID-19 may be impacting your sleep, so in this week’s health tip, we get advice from Keith Brazendale,…

Internal Medicine Doc Joins UCF Health

Internal medicine physician Dr. Yanisa Del Toro joins UCF Health and the faculty of UCF College of Medicine this month. She brings with her 16 years of experience as the associate program director of the internal medicine program and associate clerkship director for primary care at Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.…

Maintaining Mental Health During Today’s New Normal

If today’s new normal is increasing your feelings of stress, anxiety and even depression, you’re not alone. In this week’s health tip, we turn to Katherine Daly, a licensed psychologist who leads counseling and wellness services for UCF medical students, on ways to maintain your mental health during this challenging time: Be intentional about your emotional…

Like All Disease, COVID-19 Preys On Vulnerable Communities

Your ZIP code may be a better predictor of your health than the medical care you receive. Does that fact surprise you? If so, you’re not alone. Most people assume that genetics and healthcare are some of the biggest factors in whether a person is sick or well. But research shows that a person’s health…

UCF and HCA Programs Celebrate Graduating Residents

Graduating residents rode in a parade of golf carts around the Rosen Shingle Creek resort. All ceremonies were streamed live so families could participate. The taskforce of healthcare workers battling COVID-19 got a much-needed boost with the addition of 137 newly trained physicians who are ready to enter practice. Residents and fellows from the UCF-HCA…

Study Creates 1st 3D Map of Heart’s Neurons

The heart-mapping project shows thousands of neurons in clusters that help control heartbeat and blood circulation. Ateam of UCF College of Medicine scientists has helped develop a virtual 3D heart that shows the body’s neurons and their connection to the heart – a tool they hope will help develop better life-saving therapies for cardiac disease. …

Knights on the Rise

The Lupfer Atrium at UCF’s College of Business remains empty despite summer enrollment being up from last year. Students, such as integrated business major Adrian Guerra, are taking advantage of remote learning to stay on track. Adrian Guerra is cleaning his apartment before heading in for his 3 to 10 p.m. shift as a customer…

Strengthening Your Immunity — What to Eat

Having a healthy immune system is important all the time — but especially during COVID-19. One way to support and strengthen your immunity is to eat high-nutrient foods. Valerie Schulz is a registered dietitian nutritionist and faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences. She provides this week’s COVID-19 health tip: Foods that contain high levels…

Building the Future: 2 UCF Students Awarded Astronaut Scholarship

Emma Shafer and Rishi Basdeo are two UCF students who are recipients of the Astronaut Scholarship this year. Two Burnett Honors Scholars, Rishi Basdeo and Emma Shafer, were the recipients of the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship this year. The scholarship, which is awarded by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to promising STEM students seeking to conduct graduate research and…

Caring for Seniors During COVID-19

People over age 70 have been especially devastated by COVID-19. What can we do to help and protect our older parents, neighbors, family and friends? This week’s health tip is from College of Nursing faculty member Jacqueline LaManna, who specializes in geriatric primary care. It’s important to remember that social distancing has caused many seniors to live…

UCF Joins in White Coats for Black Lives

UCF students, faculty and staff kneeled on the College of Medicine’s green for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor the life of George Floyd and protest police brutality (Photo by Christin Senior) UCF medical students Lake Lindo ’19 and Joshua Salzman have known each other since kindergarten. They grew up together in Orlando and bonded while…