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College launches orange and blue faculty handbooks

The UF College of Medicine recently launched the Orange and Blue Faculty Handbooks, two web-based, comprehensive collections of policies, procedures and information to provide faculty with an authoritative repository of college resources.

As a key initiative from the people pillar of the College of Medicine strategic plan, the Orange and Blue books were spearheaded by Mark S. Segal, M.D., Ph.D., and his team in response to feedback from college faculty. The books assemble previously dispersed materials into two all-inclusive, easily accessible guides equipping faculty to plan their professional development and enhancing the onboarding of new talent.

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Honoring veterans at the College of Medicine
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One attribute shared by all members of the University of Florida College of Medicine community is a passion for helping others. Our learners, trainees, faculty, staff and alumni exhibit their commitment to service every day — a commitment shared by members of the United States Armed Forces.

From treating fellow soldiers for heat illness in the Florida summer to triaging 11 wounded after a deadly 4 a.m. helicopter crash, the experiences of the veteran members of our UF College of Medicine community have left a lasting impact on the high-quality, compassionate care they provide.

In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we recognize students, educators and alumni who have dedicated years of their lives to service in the armed forces.

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Department spotlight: Community service initiative brings neurosurgery faculty, staff, learners and trainees together
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As part of a community service initiative launched by Brian Hoh, M.D., M.B.A., when he became chair in 2018, members of the Lillian S. Wells department of neurosurgery participate in a different project each month, from serving food to those experiencing homelessness and putting together care packages for military members to collecting school supplies for children in need and taking part in breast cancer awareness walks. The entire department is invited to join, from clinical and research faculty and staff to residents, fellows and students.

Hoh gave leadership of the initiative to neurosurgery associate professors Catherine Flores, Ph.D., and Maryam Rahman, M.D., M.S., and to date the department has assisted 32 organizations, including Ronald McDonald House, Grace Marketplace, Pace Center for Girls, Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida, Project Downtown Gainesville and Hoops for Hope.

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Dr. Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia named to key UF Health leadership position
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Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, M.D., has been named associate vice president for research at UF Health and the inaugural Herbert A. Wertheim Professor of Inflammation Science, effective Jan. 5.
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First virology retreat coming next month
The retreat, which takes place Dec. 13 at the UF Austin Cary Forest Campus Learning Center, will bring together the UF virology community from across the state, with speakers from Gainesville, Jupiter, Lake Nona and Vero Beach. Registration is open to all UF virologists and their lab members.
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Assistant deans for research appointed

The College of Medicine Office of Research recently announced the appointment of two new assistant deans who will help the senior associate dean for research develop and execute a strategic vision for advancing the mission and science operations of the college.

Elias Sayour, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics, will serve as assistant dean for clinical science research, and Daniel Wesson, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of pharmacology and therapeutics, will serve as assistant dean for basic science research.

They will develop a strategic vision to facilitate clinical and translational investigations that will expand the college’s extramural funding base and will be responsible for the operational advancement and implementation of new initiatives in basic science.

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UF surgeon inducted into American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Christiana Shaw, M.D., a surgical oncologist in the department of surgery, was among a group of 65 esteemed surgeon educators recently inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators®, an organization that works to advance the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties.

Shaw is a dedicated surgeon educator who is an expert in surgical removal of cancers, focusing on cancers of the head and neck, skin and connective tissue, and breast. With two years of additional training dedicated to the complex care of cancer patients, she is well-versed in the latest surgery and treatment options.


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Portraits of Jesus Fabregas, Sherise Rogers and Oluwadamilola Oladeru.
UF faculty strive to increase diversity in cancer clinical trials through national program

Three early-stage investigators at the UF Health Cancer Center have received the opportunity to participate in a national training and mentoring program that aims to increase the diversity of underrepresented patients enrolled in clinical trials.

Jesus Fabregas, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, an assistant professor in the division of hematology and oncology, Sherise Rogers, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the division of hematology and oncology and the diversity, equity and inclusion officer for graduate medical education, and Oluwadamilola Oladeru, M.D., M.A., M.B.A., an assistant professor in the department of radiation oncology, are all participants in the Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award Program.

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