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Engage, Innovate, Excel | 2026
Summer programs for young students help build pipeline to health professions

Once again, UF Health and the College of Medicine will engage with high school and college students from around the state and across the country in a number of specially designed programs aimed at cultivating interest in the health professions. 

“It is remarkable to see the shift in a young person’s thinking when they realize there are opportunities for them they hadn’t thought of,” said Donna Parker, M.D., associate dean for diversity and health equity.

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Launching phase 2 of strategic planning

Phase 1 of the strategic planning process wraps up next week as the surveys close and cohort retreats are complete. As promised, Dean Colleen G. Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., hosted four students who attended the learners retreat in April to a lunch at Hotel Eleo last week. The students, whose names were chosen in a random drawing, took the opportunity to discuss with the dean topics they felt are important to the College of Medicine's future.

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PhD student is a 'rising star' in the McKnight Brain Institute's video series

Meet Ariel Walker, a PhD candidate in the department of neuroscience who's studying the interaction between early tau protein abnormalities and amyloid beta proteins in the brain with the hope of identifying approaches to slow or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

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UF Health neurocritical care team earns patient safety award
Team earns UF’s W. Martin Smith Interdisciplinary Patient Safety Award for neurological life support project.
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School of Physician Assistant Studies White Coat Ceremony
Students from the UF School of PA Studies receive their first white coats in a ceremony today.
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Celebrating Pride Month
Tune into the Let’s Talk About Transgender Health webinar on June 22 with Michael Tudeen, M.D., UF Health Family Medicine – Main Street; and Sarah Virk, M.D., UF Health Plastic Surgery.
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Dr. Mary Patterson named interim chair of emergency medicine

Mary D. Patterson, M.D., M.Ed., will apply her leadership qualities to a new role at the College of Medicine as interim chair of the department of emergency medicine, beginning June 11. An accomplished medical educator and pediatric emergency medicine physician, she joined the College of Medicine faculty in 2018 as associate dean of experiential learning and the Lou Oberndorf Professor of Healthcare Technology. She is also director of the UF Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation.

“I know Dr. Patterson will create a collaborative working environment that builds on the strengths of the department of emergency medicine during this transitional period,” said Dean Colleen G. Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

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Former college leaders give back with generous $1M gift

Drs. Tim Flynn and Marian Limacher are familiar names among the College of Medicine and UF Health hallways, each having spent more than 30 years as faculty members. The emeriti professors are giving back to the college by helping the next generation of medical students get their own start at UF. Together, they have established the Timothy C. Flynn, M.D., and Marian C. Limacher, M.D., Medical Scholarship Endowment fund. The scholarship will support students who are the first in their family to attend medical school, as each of them were.

“It’s important for us to give back because it’s part of our ethos,” Limacher said. “We have been so privileged in our careers. It’s our way to say thank you.”

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ELAM alumni gather to celebrate newest participants

Earlier this week, Dean Colleen G. Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., hosted a lunch to recognize Maria N. Kelly, M.D., and Lindsay A. Thompson, M.D., who have been selected to participate in the Hedwig Van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Medicine Program (ELAM), a prestigious fellowship that prepares women for leadership roles in the health professions. All ELAM alumni from UF also joined the celebration. From left are: Maureen Novak, M.D.; Martha Brown, M.D.; Tara Sabo-Attwood, Ph.D.; Thompson; Ellen Zimmerman, M.D.; Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D.; Koch; Sonal Tuli, M.D.; Carol Mathews, M.D.; Kelly; Susan Frost, Ph.D.; Betsy Shenkman, Ph.D.; and Brenda Fahy, M.D. (not pictured: Linda Cottler, Ph.D.).

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