2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T 7 ∑ ∑ and nations in Central and South America – and as fsu.edu, search for 2021 profiles): “As Megan grew near as Maryland Oaks in Tallahassee. up on a farm in Central Florida, she has always seen They’ve mentored elementary and middle-school the need for physicians in a rural area.” “His ultimate kids in Frenchtown, taught science in Gadsden aspiration is to open a community clinic and self- County and elsewhere and volunteered with 4-H, development center that will serve homeless, low- among countless other activities. Many have been income and underserved people.” “[The College of heavily involved in College of Medicine pipeline Medicine’s] mission was so compatible with his that programs that increase educational and career he decided to attend in hopes of returning to Florida opportunities for promising minority kids. and providing care for those who need it most.” As undergraduates, they were leaders of groups on campus and elsewhere. Sometimes they formed ∑ And that’s just scratching the surface. This is an extraordinary class. their own groups to benefit the community. One was president of TOPSoccer, dedicated to providing a sports outlet for special-needs children. ∑ Their research has explored sleep deprivation and memory; Alzheimer’s disease; clotting; palliative care; parents whose children have been diagnosed with autism; adolescents and substance abuse; data modeling at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory; recommendations for redesigning the mental health system in Orlando; breast cancer; fetal alcohol syndrome; and more. ∑ One was president of the Argentine tango club as an undergrad. Some earned varsity letters in football and track/field. One was captain of a lacrosse team. One was part of the Spelman Legacy Spirit/Dance Team and Ashietu African Dance Ministry. Some played an instrument in the FSU Marching Chiefs. ∑ One combined her love of music and caring for others by playing the violin for people with mental and physical disabilities. PA CLASS OF 2019 SNAPSHOT Race: 60 percent white, 30 percent Hispanic, 10 percent Asian. Average age when applying: 24 Florida residents: All but two Coming from a medically underserved area: 47.5 percent ∑ At least two speak Portuguese. Coming from the Florida Panhandle: 22.5 percent ∑ One wrote a thesis on the psychology of Emily Coming from a rural area: 7.5 percent Dickinson’s poetry. First college graduate in family: 20 percent One watched his mother serve rural communities Most common majors: ∑ as an occupational therapist. Another cared for his · premedical, exercise science, public health mother after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. ∑ Their favorite activities? Triathlons. Acro-yoga. Listening to vinyl records. Playing contrabass and piano. Playing the ukulele. Powerlifting and playing the violin. Eating ice cream. ∑ Five last names show up more than once in this class: Benedetti, Brown, Gonzalez, Nguyen and Patel. ∑ Biology, chemistry, biomedical science, genetics, Finally, here are three quotes from their bios (med. Universities where they graduated: · Thirteen did their undergrad work at FSU; seven at University of South Florida; five at University of Florida; two at Ave Maria University; two at University of Central Florida; 11 other schools had one student apiece.