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Department spotlight: Surgery faculty help UF Health Shands Transplant Center programs stand among nation’s best

With patient outcomes in the nation’s top 10%, the UF Health Shands Transplant Center is once again Florida’s foremost destination for transplants. As of July, five organ transplant types demonstrate exceptional results as evaluated by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, or SRTR.

SRTR’s five-tier outcome assessment looks at three main metrics: survival on the waiting list, getting a transplant faster and one-year organ survival.

“Our exceptional team of skilled surgeons, compassionate health care professionals and infrastructure has played a pivotal role in this remarkable achievement,” said Thiago Beduschi, M.D., chief of the division of transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery.

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College uses Well-Being Index feedback to guide decisions for initiatives

One year after the UF College of Medicine launched the Well-Being Index, a tool designed to help residents, fellows and program leaders better understand the stressors associated with residency training and improve management of mental health needs, the college has gathered data on what trainees have identified as strengths of their programs, as well as areas where improvements can be made.

The College of Medicine made access to the short, confidential questionnaire and associated resources available last July, piloting it with trainees as a project under the people pillar of the college’s strategic plan. With the tool now open to physician faculty, the college’s goal is to collect as many responses as possible to guide the development of the most beneficial approaches to improve well-being for the college community.

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136 students join the UF medical school class of 2027

The students in the UF M.D. class of 2027 hail from 43 undergraduate institutions and include parents, a U.S. Army combat veteran, a muralist and a former professional soccer player.

“There have been many advances in medicine since I went to medical school, and today new technologies and artificial intelligence are evolving medicine further, but what it really comes down to is caring for the patient,” said Joseph Fantone, M.D., senior associate dean for educational affairs. “Stepping forward to be an advocate for your patients is critical and something we looked for in you as part of this selection process, and you’ve all exhibited these values and character traits. We’re really pleased you’re joining us.”

This year also saw the greatest number of first-year students joining the MD-PhD Training Program, with 11 students beginning their journeys toward becoming physician-scientists this fall.

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UF Health Shands Hospital ranked among elite by U.S. News
UF Health Shands Hospital was again recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals survey for excellence in adult patient care, with five medical specialties ranked among the nation’s elite.
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State of the College address coming this fall
Save the date for the 2023 State of the College address, Sept. 29 from 7-8 a.m. at the Harrell Medical Education Building. In-person and livestream viewing will be available.
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Two students, one postdoc win Orange and Brew Opus Coffee gift basket raffle
Two Opus Coffee baristas smiling and standing with their hands clasped next to a University of Florida physician assistant student, a University of Florida postdoctoral research fellow and doctor Colleen Koch, who is dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine. The student and fellow are e
UF College of Medicine postdoctoral research fellow Daniela Pomar-Forero, M.D., medical student Waverly Leonard and PA student Valentina Apa won the 2023 Orange and Brew Opus Coffee gift basket giveaway after celebrating the new school year with their peers and mentors July 27.
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College of Medicine receives full LCME reaccreditation

Since opening its doors in 1956, the UF College of Medicine has trained thousands of physicians who are committed to the highest ideals of the profession and who model an exceptional standard of care for communities in every state across the nation.

One way this standard of excellence is measured is via accreditation through the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or LCME, which evaluates medical schools across the U.S. and Canada to verify that graduates exhibit the characteristics and skills necessary to lay the foundation for lifelong learning and outstanding patient care. Following a comprehensive three-day site visit in January, the LCME notified the UF College of Medicine of its continued full accreditation for the maximum of eight years on June 30. 

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Dr. Marco Salemi appointed EPI associate director for research initiatives

Marco Salemi, Ph.D., has been named associate director for research initiatives with the Emerging Pathogens Institute. In this role, Salemi is developing strategies to increase collaborations on large-scale extramural funding opportunities. He aims to accelerate growth in strategic research areas, with a specific emphasis on AI initiatives. He will also foster mentorship programs for new and junior EPI investigators.

Salemi is a professor in the department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine. He holds the Stephany W. Holloway University Chair for research in chronic and infectious diseases and was a Marie-Curie Fellow at the Rega Institute of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

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UF team discovers new role of protein in head and neck cancer cell growth

A University of Florida research team has discovered a new role of a key protein in driving changes in the genetic material of cells, which can contribute to the development of cancer. The findings could pave the way for new therapeutic targets for head and neck cancer.

“We found that two proteins play an important role in tumor growth in head and neck cancer by forming a complex with each other and regulating changes in RNA,” said Zhijian Qian, Ph.D., the Pierre Chagnon Professor of Cancer Research in the division of hematology and oncology in the UF College of Medicine. “We further demonstrated that suppressing either protein could significantly inhibit head and neck cancer cell growth in vitro and in mice, indicating that the proteins could be therapeutic targets for these cancers.”

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