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2016 Alumni Student Meet and Greet
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The Second Annual Alumni-Student Meet and Greet took place on February 18, 2016. Alumni and students gathered in the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Auditorium where ten alumni volunteers, representing a variety of specialties, openly shared their knowledge and experiences with our students as they work towards their careers in medicine. We are grateful to the following alumni that participated as a panel of presenters during this event.

• Elizabeth Sagatys, MD ’03 Hematopathologist and Chair of the MCOM Alumni Society’s Alumni & Student Programming Committee moderated the panel discussion.  That included:

• Aliyah Baluch, MD ’04 Infectious Diseases

• Lisa Champoux-Rhoden, MD ’93 Pediatrics

• Evita Henderson-Jackson, MD - Pathology

• Rahul Mehra, MD Psychiatry

• Jane Messina, MD ’88 Dermatopathology

• Thomas Pusateri, MD ’84 Ophthalmology

• Valerie Riddle, M.D. ’89 Immediate Past Chair, USF Health MCOM Alumni Society and President and Owner of BioPharmAdvisors, LLC

• Deborah Trehy, MD ’78retired Obstetrician-Gynecologist who volunteers at the BRIDGE Clinic

• Jason Wilson, MD ’08 Emergency Medicine


More than 30 students attended this informational networking opportunity which gave them the chance to meet and ask questions of the alumni. They asked alumni about how they selected their specialties, how to be prepared for a career in medicine, how to balance work and life issues, obstacles they had to overcome, why they got involved in the Alumni Society and more.

The alumni were able to share their expertise, advice and experiences.  Many alumni have maintained contact with the students, invited them for shadowing and mentoring opportunities and offered to continue conversations with them throughout their journey towards becoming physicians. Following the Q&A session, the group gathered for dessert and informal mingling at the WELL.


Want to get involved?

As alumni, you can inspire, teach, mentor and give these students the opportunity to make a connection with someone that has successfully achieved the dream they have for themselves. We look forward to hosting more events like this in the future.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Catherine Warner at or 813-974-6850.


USF Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC 70, Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: 813-974-1470 I Fax: 813-974-2936

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