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FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Honors Future Doctors

More than 30 students accepted to medical schools

BOCA RATON, FL (June 17, 2008) — Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science recently honored 31 students who have been accepted into medical, dental and veterinarian schools throughout the United States and abroad.

The FAU pre-professions committee, which included medical and academic faculty, a physician from the community, and was chaired by Dr. Ingrid Johanson, senior associate dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, interviewed the pre-med students prior to acceptance to medical school.   The interview was comprised of questions the students most likely would be asked when they were interviewed at the medical school to which they applied.     Members of the pre-professions committee include both medical and academic faculty and a physician from the community whose goal is to better prepare the students for their admission interviews.

“The majority of the students interviewed by the pre-professions committee were accepted into the schools of their choice,” said Johanson.

Among the students interviewed by the pre-professions committee were Alireza and Farid Hamidzadeh, each of whom have chosen to study dentistry.   Born in Iran, the brothers have had an interesting journey in reaching their dream.  

When the family immigrated to the United States in 1995, Ali planned to pursue a career in dentistry following in the footsteps of his father who was a dentist in Iran.   At the age of 19, with no knowledge of English initially, Ali assumed the support of his family.   He worked more than 50 hours a week and attended a community college.   Ali then made what he calls a “realistic decision” and pursued a bachelor’s degree in engineering at FAU where he graduated magna cum laude.   Although he now owns two successful businesses, he is pursuing his original goal to be a dentist.   Ali will be attending the New York University School of Dentistry.

Farid earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from FAU in 2006 and began working in a start-up biomedical company.   When the company was acquired by a Fortune 500 company, Farid began to reassess his career goals.   He then returned to FAU to complete a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in order to prepare for dental school., Farid will attend the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

FAU’s pre-professions committee members are Ana Maria Azzarolo, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical science; Douglas Broadfield, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical science; Ira J. Gelb, M.D., assistant dean of pre-baccalaureate programs; Shari Goldstein, M.S., assistant director of academic support of student services; Gordon Hahn, M.D., volunteer physician; Vijaya Iragavarapu, Ph.D., associate professor biomedical sciences; Andy Lau, Ph.D., assistant professor physics; Stephen Locke, Ph.D., professor mathematical sciences and James Nichols, D.V.M., director of veterinarian services.

A reception, sponsored by the United States Armed Forces, was recently held in honor of these 31 students.   For more information, contact Dr. Ingrid Johanson at 561-297-3303 or


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