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Engage, Innovate, Excel | 2026
College of Medicine strategic plan unveiled in town hall event Dec. 10

After a year of planning, research and gathering feedback from the UF College of Medicine’s faculty, staff and learners, Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., has introduced her strategic plan that will guide the college over the next five years. Koch developed seven pillars of the UF College of Medicine’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan: Engage, Innovate, Excel, by seeking feedback and input from various college stakeholders.

At the town hall, videos introduced the college community to the seven pillars of the plan — education, research, people, value, system integration, diversity and inclusion and patient care — along with initial projects launched under each of the pillars by College of Medicine faculty. Each pillar will be led by an accountability advocate to ensure the progression of the plan’s various projects.

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Join us for Research Day 2022

Join us for the 2022 College of Medicine Research Day, taking place Feb. 15 from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

With the theme "Fast forward: Advancing discovery through innovation, collaboration and inclusive excellence in research," the event will feature a research poster session and reception; an AI and technology forum to spotlight collaboration and demonstrations of technical ideas; a keynote address by Marina Sirota, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of California San Francisco Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute; and more.

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Lauren and Lee Fixel Foundation establish the Fixel Brain Mapping Professorship

The Lauren and Lee Fixel Foundation established a professorship with a $1 million gift to support a faculty member focused on brain mapping and neuromodulation, which uses neuroimaging and neurophysiology techniques to better understand the structure and function of the human brain to advance both research and patient care.

Aysegul Gunduz, Ph.D., an associate professor in University of Florida’s J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, was named the inaugural Fixel Brain Mapping Professor.

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UF Health Jacksonville launches Center for Transgender Health
The new center offers expanded surgical services, such as gender affirmation surgery, and provides a comprehensive care approach for patients, where physicians collaborate across various departments and specialties to offer a connected care model.
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UF Health physicians use genetic information to create individualized postoperative pain management plans
To aid in the process of pain management following surgery, a team of UF Health researchers took a closer look at how using a patient’s genetic information may help to inform pain management plans that also seek to minimize the risks associated with use of opioid medications.
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» Join your fellow College of Medicine faculty, staff, students and alumni in an upcoming virtual 5K event. Participate by running, walking, rolling or self-propelling a distance of 3.1 miles at any time, anywhere, in January 2022.
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College receives national award for inclusion, diversity and equity in education and patient care

The UF College of Medicine is a 2021 recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha Award for Excellence in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Medical Education and Patient Care, an award bestowed upon medical schools annually by Alpha Omega Alpha, or AOA, the honor medical society.

The award recognizes medical schools that demonstrate exemplary leadership, innovation and engagement in fostering an inclusive culture, with programs that support medical student, resident, fellow and faculty diversity in service to the community.

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UF Health Shands Hospital ranked among nation’s best in maternity care

UF Health Shands Hospital has been recognized as high performing among the nation’s best for high-quality, patient-centered maternity care, according to U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural Best Hospitals for Maternity rating, released Dec. 7. 

“This is a respected recognition of the quality of care we provide to our patients and an acknowledgment of the value of our pursuit of excellence,” said John C. Smulian, M.D., M.P.H., the B.L. Stalnaker professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology.

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UF community signs new Student Health Care Center beam

Earlier this month, more than 150 students, faculty and staff from across campus left their mark on UF’s history by signing a structural beam that will be used in the new Student Health Care Center, a 46,000-square-foot facility expected to be completed by fall 2022.

Ronald Berry, M.D., an assistant professor in the UF College of Medicine Department of Community Health and Family Medicine and director of the UF Student Health Care Center, said the building has been designed with the health and well-being of all students in mind. 

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