TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – For graduate students at FSU College of Medicine, Match Day is a time filled with drama. It is the day when nearly 120 students find out where they will go to complete their residency training.
Friday’s game-day ceremony was moved online for the second year in a row due to the pandemic, and a medical student was granted an additional honor, becoming the first recipient to receive a tragedy-born scholarship.
The shooting at Tallahassee Hot Yoga turned out to be one of the darkest days in the state of Florida. Two victims were killed, including Nancy Van Vessem of FSU College of Medicine.
Two and a half years later, Vessem’s name is now associated with a life-changing purse.
FSU College of Medicine Dean Dr John Fogarty said: “We thought that offering a substantial scholarship to a student, to encourage them to come back, to encourage them to follow in Dr Van’s footsteps. Vessem, would be a reasonable solution. things to do.”
In addition to being the Chief Medical Officer of Capital Health Plan, Dr Van Vessem has practiced general internal medicine, which Fogarty says is not always the first choice for medical school graduates.
“There are not many general internists any longer,” explains Fogarty.
To further encourage, the Van Vessem Scholarship stimulates a graduate student who is considering residency to become a general internist or study geriatrics in the Big Bend.
Jimmy Brown, originally from Liberty County, was the first-ever recipient.
“He’s just a wonderful young man,” Fogarty described. “Committed to serving his community, committed to doing exactly what our mission is designed to do”
Brown was unable to speak with WCTV on Friday, but said in a statement he had applied for the scholarship in hopes of continuing the work started by Dr Van Vessem.
“He was an amazing person who touched many people in this community,” said Capital Health Plan CEO John Hogan.
Hogan says the scholarship will change lives, while ensuring that a former colleague’s legacy gets the recognition it deserves.
“She was a tremendous clinical leader who left a very lasting impact, and this is just another thought on it,” Hogan added.
A memorable day, one generation helping another at a time when we need doctors more than ever.
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