Med students use grants for Halloween treats, health fair


UF Health pediatric nurse practitioner Shannon Patrick, second-year medical student Christina Turn, Dirk Baker, his son Jayce-Emon and UF Health medical assistant Monique Bradley participate in the Halloween event Oct. 31 at UF Health Pediatric Specialties. Photo by Mindy C. Miller

UF College of Medicine students recently applied for and received two $250 Section Involvement Grants from the American Medical Association.

One of the grants supported a Halloween event on Oct. 31. Medical students packed and passed out 90 goodie bags full of stickers and pencils to young patients in the UF pediatric endocrinology clinic.

The second grant will fund a health fair at St. Francis House event on Nov. 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Medical, dental and pharmacy students will help with the health fair at the St. Francis House, a transitional facility designed to feed, shelter and support homeless people in Gainesville.

Grant funding through the AMA provide the opportunity for local AMA medical students to:

  • Educate students about the AMA and provide an opportunity for students to get involved.
  • Help put AMA policy into action by providing a service to medical school campuses and communities.
  • Engage in activities that focus on AMA’s top priorities.