May 2013 Distinctions
Honoring student pharmacists
UF student pharmacists took top honors April 5 at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s 25th annual meeting in San Diego. The AMCP Foundation presented awards for its National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics Competition and 2013 Best Poster Contest. Thirty-four teams from AMCP student pharmacist chapters entered the competition, from which eight teams were chosen to compete in live presentations at the AMCP annual meeting. UF students, Nicholas Piccicacco, Danielle Underwood, Jeenal Patel, Jordana Wollman and faculty adviser Robert Navarro received third place in the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Competition. UF student pharmacist Jeffry Consaul was the winner of the 2013 Best Student Poster Contest.
College of Dentistry
M. Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D., was recently appointed the College of Dentistry Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain endowed professor for a three-year term in recognition of his international reputation as an outstanding educator, scientist and clinician and his pioneering work in the development of temporomandibular joint diagnostic and surgical procedures.
Rosalia Rey, D.D.S., received the Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in Residence Award from the American Dental Education Association and Johnson & Johnson Healthcare. The in-residence program offers a unique opportunity for a dental educator to concentrate on issues affecting women faculty during a cumulative three-month experience at the ADEA office in Washington, D.C.
Fong Wong, D.D.S., M.S., B.S.D., C.A.G.S., an associate professor in the department of restorative dental sciences, prosthodontics division, recently earned board certification from the American Board of Prosthodontics. Wong, who joined the University of Florida in 2004, is also a full fellow of the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics.
Özlem Yilmaz, D.D.S., Ph.D., was invited to serve a six-year term as a member of the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences Study Section. Yilmaz is an associate professor of periodontology and oral biology and is an affiliated member of the Emerging Pathogens Institute.
College of Medicine
Richard Shriner, M.D., the chief psychiatrist at Shands Vista, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and the program director for UF’s eating disorders and obesity programs, has become the first UF physician to earn board certification in obesity medicine from the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Shriner, who is already board-certified in adult psychiatry and internal medicine, is the only physician in Gainesville who holds this certification, joining a select group of 55 obesity medicine physicians across the state.
Martin Wegman, a third-year M.D.-Ph.D student and chief quality officer of the college’s Equal Access Clinic, was one of 20 medical students, residents and young physicians in the country who recently received the 2013 Medical Student Leadership Award from the American Medical Association. Wegman, who also was named a National Quality Scholar by the American College of Medical Quality, serves as a board member for the local nonprofit Southwest Advocacy Group, or SWAG.
Public Health and Health Professions
Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., dean and Robert G. Frank endowed professor of clinical and health psychology, received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Research Mentor Award for 2013. The award recognizes individuals whose mentorship has had a major impact on the field of behavioral medicine. Perri was honored at a ceremony March 21 during the society’s 34th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions.
Yi Zhang, a master’s student in the department of biostatistics at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine, received the student award in the poster presentations category at the Florida Chapter of the American Statistical Association’s 2013 annual meeting held in February in Pensacola. Her poster is titled “Constructing and Comparing Measures of Social Vulnerability and Community Resilience at the County Level.”
College of Veterinary Medicine
Laura Cuddy, D.V.M., a small animal surgery resident, has received the Resident Award from the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. The award is given annually to two residents selected from a field of all residents-in-training in North America.