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UF College of Medicine joins AAMC initiative to advance diversity efforts

The UF College of Medicine is collaborating with the AAMC's efforts to accelerate meaningful change that supports diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism efforts across medical schools.

As part of the college’s strategic plan pillar of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Care Equity, the UF College of Medicine will participate in a Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Culture (DICE) Inventory to help the institution conduct a comprehensive review of policies, practices, procedures and programs that impact the climate and culture around DEI and identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Stephanie Ryan, M.D., an associate professor of pediatrics and assistant dean for diversity and health equity and LGBTQ liaison in the Office for Diversity & Health Equity, is leading the project’s progress for the College of Medicine and will identify key stakeholders to complete the inventory and facilitate discussions during the collaborative effort, to be led by members from across the college and completed between February and May.

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UF College of Medicine 23rd in 2021 NIH funding for public universities

With a record $121 million awarded to the University of Florida College of Medicine from the National Institutes of Health in 2021, the medical school reached the top 25 in NIH funding among public universities.

The rankings, published by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research on Feb. 8, showed that the UF College of Medicine ranked 23rd among public universities on the list, four spots higher than its 2020 rank.

The Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery was ranked fourth among all universities (public and private) and neuroscience and neuromedicine research ranked in the top 5 among the nation's public universities. Brian L. Hoh, M.D., M.B.A., chair of the department of neurosurgery, earned the most NIH funding among all U.S. neurosurgeons in 2021, totaling $8.9 million.

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Faculty, staff recognized in 2021-22 UF Superior Accomplishment Awards

Fourteen College of Medicine faculty and staff have made the University of Florida’s 2021-22 Superior Accomplishment Awards winners list for Division 5, which encompasses the College of Medicine.

The awards program recognizes faculty and staff who have shown efficiency or economy in their work, contributed outstanding and meritorious service or improved the quality of life provided to students and employees. This year marks the 33rd annual celebration.

Each winner was nominated by supervisors, peers or customers who wrote glowing letters of recommendation on their behalf. They will receive cash awards of $200 each and be considered for larger university-level awards.

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Annual Diversity Week to be held April 4-9
Celebration of Diversity Week was designed to honor the college's core values of diversity and inclusion and explore opportunities to promote cross-cultural understanding and address health care disparities.
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Gator Nation Giving Day recap
On Giving Day, Feb. 17, 190 contributors raised more than $1.178 million for tomorrow's Gator MDs, PAs and scientists.
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Brand center for College of Medicine community
The new brand center offers templates and resources to help faculty, staff and students create effective communications, from flyers and event invitations to presentations.
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View strategic plan initiatives dashboard
Track the progress of initiatives under the seven pillars of the strategic plan.
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Medical student becomes first Black female to match into UF urology residency program

Elizabeth Kwenda, a fourth-year medical student at the College of Medicine, is the first Black female to match into UF’s urology residency program and one of three residents accepted into the university’s highly competitive program for 2022.

Her interest in the field of urology stems in part from the death of her beloved grandmother and guardian in Zimbabwe, who died from an unknown but kidney-related cause.

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Medical students celebrate Black History Month with annual poster initiative

Third-year medical students and class of 2023 diversity liaisons Samari Blair and Esther Duqueney have put together a series of posters highlighting important African American figures in health care every February since beginning medical school in 2019. Their work, in collaboration with the Office for Diversity and Health Equity, can be seen in the atrium of the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building.


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Alumni spotlight: Cheryl Hardin, M.D.'87

Cheryl Hardin, M.D. '87, who retired recently following a prolific career as a pediatrician in Texas, was surprised when a community care center where she provided patients of all backgrounds the medical assistance they needed, honored her by naming the building for her.

“I have been fortunate to work with many colleagues who keep everything running smoothly," she said. "My hope is that it will continue to be a center of excellence and the commitment to high-quality pediatric care will be there for years to come."

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