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Medical Students Give Crash Course in Drunk Driving Dangers to Local High School

            BOCA RATON, FL (December 3, 2008) – First- and second-year medical students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University’s Regional Medical Campus recently spoke to Boca Raton High School students about the potential devastating effects of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The visit was part of the University’s Regional Campus Trauma and Emergency Interest Group, which seeks to educate high school students about the deadly outcomes that can occur from driving while intoxicated. The presentation also warned of the particular dangers of driving during the holiday season, when road fatalities spike as drivers gather to celebrate with friends and family.

             “What we tried to instill in these students’ minds was the real possible outcome of what could happen if they chose to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated,” said Larry Brickman, M.D., a general, vascular and trauma surgeon and faculty adviser for the regional campus medical education program at FAU. “It’s one thing to lecture them on the subject and it’s another to present them with a compilation of images taken directly from the scenes of actual drunk driving accidents. These are photos that have shocked physicians who routinely deal with traumatic injuries. I think they definitely made an impact on these students and hopefully will make them think twice about drinking and driving.”

Barbara Locastro-Garofalo, an employee at FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science College, recounted her own personal experience of being in an accident that involved a drunk driver and caused her to sustain permanent injuries that led her to spend two months in the hospital and more than a year in outpatient therapy.

             “I am thrilled that our neighboring University medical students conducted this presentation.   We cannot reinforce the importance of this lesson enough.   I think the students also were more receptive on the topic as they heard from other students not that far off in age,” said Dr. Geoff McKee, principal of Boca Raton High School.   “Our responsibility as educators, parents and community members is not only to educate our children on applied studies, but also to prepare them for the real world, and to give them the tools to make wise choices that will ensure both their safety and success.”

Other topics of discussion included the promotion of safe driving practices in new drivers in the State of Florida, which according to a 2008 survey by the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics & Analysis, ranks third in the nation for alcohol-related vehicular fatalities. Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drunk Driving also participated in the presentation.  

For more information or to arrange a presentation by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University’s Regional Medical Campus Trauma and Emergency Interest Group, contact Giselle Reid at 561-227-1139 or


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