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Leveraging artificial intelligence to improve patient safety and care quality

When a patient undergoes a routine knee surgery, they are under the direct care of numerous health providers, such as an anesthesiologist, a physician assistant and a surgeon. But when you peel back the layers of what it takes to coordinate a safe and successful operation, there are thousands of caregivers linked by millions of interactions — all of whom must collaborate seamlessly to ensure optimal patient outcomes.

At the UF College of Medicine, physician-scientists are leveraging artificial intelligence to model this expansive clinician-clinician network, creating a robust patient safety graph capturing the almost infinite interactions between caregivers to change how we think about hospital operations and pioneer new ways of delivering quality care.

The patient safety graph is one of the many ways the College of Medicine is turning to AI to improve patient safety under the AI-QI initiative, a series of programs designed to make a tangible impact in the realm of patient care by extending AI research into quality improvement activities at UF Health.

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Research team joins forces to protect from pathogens

The U.S. government has recruited a team of University of Florida researchers and their private-industry collaborators for a crucial mission: to develop a new antibiotic to counter deadly pathogens. 

Each member of the UF team brings unique skills to the effort. Henry S. Heine, Ph.D., is an associate professor and research microbiologist specializing in advanced antibiotic therapies for biodefense purposes. Bret K. Purcell, M.D., Ph.D., a research associate professor, has expertise in applied therapeutics for emerging pathogens. Arnold Louie, M.D., a professor and researcher, has expertise in advanced antibiotic therapies for conventional and emerging bacterial pathogens. George L. Drusano, M.D., a professor and the director of UF’s Institute for Therapeutic Innovation, uses complex mathematical models to optimize drug treatment and reduce drug-development risks and poor therapeutic outcomes.

The drug being developed will be used to fight gram-negative bacteria such as plague, tularemia and another disease caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei.

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UF researchers develop new CRISPR-based tool for cancer diagnosis

Researchers at UF have developed a promising new CRISPR-powered method for noninvasive blood tests that could help clinicians diagnose cancer at earlier stages.

The team demonstrated that their strategy is as effective as the widely used reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction, or RT-qPCR, assays for cancer diagnosis and could be paired with a simple portable device for point-of-care clinical testing. The method works by detecting microRNAs, which are small RNA molecules involved in regulating gene expression, in tiny particles circulating in the blood called extracellular vesicles.

The researchers have filed a patent application based on the work to help make the one-pot CRISPR assay and the point-of-care technology broadly available for basic research and clinical use.

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1992 graduate, Distinguished Alumna Award recipient dedicates career to women's health
Caroline Signore, M.D. ’92, M.P.H., who serves as the deputy director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Division of Extramural Research, has dedicated her career to the reproductive health care needs of women with disabilities.
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Tune into the M.D. class of 2023 commencement ceremony
Graduates from the newest Gator M.D. class will soon cross the stage at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to become physicians. Watch commencement virtually Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m.
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Leveraging artificial intelligence for quality improvement efforts
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Cycle 2 is open for Rapid AI Prototyping and Development for patient Safety, or RAPiDS, an internal grant funding mechanism for projects intended to prototype novel AI solutions to QI challenges. All College of Medicine clinical faculty are eligible to apply, and no AI experience is required.
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Road to graduation: Karen Cravero, Ph.D.

On May 20, fourth-year medical students will cross the stage at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and receive their degrees, surrounded by loved ones and peers.

One member of the M.D. class of 2023, Karen Cravero, Ph.D., decided to pursue her medical degree after completing a doctoral program in translational medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She will soon begin her dermatology residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, after which she hopes to have her own research lab to better inform how she and her trainees care for patients.

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Honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The UF College of Medicine community celebrates its Asian American and Pacific Islander students, faculty, staff and alumni, their heritage and their dedication to improving science and medicine.

In the Q&A below, hear from two medical students, rising fourth-year Shawn Diertl and incoming second-year Alan Xu, as they discuss the importance of connecting with their Asian American and Pacific Islander culture and share resources for AAPI students at the college, including UF's Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association.

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Gator kudos: Spring 2023

The college congratulates learners, trainees and faculty who have recently been recognized by their peers in the college and beyond with awards and achievements that honor their hard work and commitment to advancing scientific discovery, improving medical education and helping patients.

Some of their accomplishments include being recognized as UF Research Foundation Professors, being named as editor-in-chief of a prestigious journal and receiving a scholarship to conduct international research. 

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