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Engage, Innovate, Excel | 2026
Match Day 2022: Beginning the next chapter

Today students from the UF College of Medicine class of 2022 — along with fourth-year medical students nationwide — learned where they will complete their residency training.

“At the beginning of your journey with us in 2018, Dr. Donna Parker told your class at orientation, ‘You were chosen, and it was not by accident. We are here to teach you, to mentor you and to provide an environment in which all of you can thrive,’” said Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A. “And boy, have you thrived. Your humanism and enthusiasm for learning has propelled you to this milestone.”

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Women trailblazers leave their mark at the College of Medicine

Medicine is increasingly making strides toward equity — especially when it comes to women’s roles in the field — but it wasn’t always that way. The first graduating class at the UF College of Medicine in 1960 included three women, about 8% of the class. By comparison, more than half of the members of the 2025 medical school class are women, in line with national rates.

The UF College of Medicine is home to many female trailblazers who have broken barriers, advanced research and compassionately cared for patients. Read about some of our college’s women pioneers.

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Strategic plan project focused on transitioning patients from pediatric to adult care underway

In pediatrics, many patients visit the same provider or health system from birth, only to age out around 22. They may find themselves lost, needing a new adult primary care provider or specialist but not knowing who to connect with or how, and they may go years without the routine and preventive care and disease management they need.

To help address this gap at UF Health, which has over 9,000 patients within its pediatric clinics between the ages of 16 and 22, a project is underway titled “Transitioning Adolescent Children with Pediatric Care to Adult Health Care.”

The initiative, formed as part of the patient care pillar of the strategic plan and championed by professor Maria Kelly, M.D., aims to develop a multifaceted, interdisciplinary program linking pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, subspecialty programs, social workers and health coaches to successfully prepare, educate and shift adolescents and young adults from pediatric to adult providers.

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Celebrating the next generation of physician-scientists
Five winners and 23 semifinalists were recognized during the 2022 Medical Student Research Program awards ceremony held online March 3. The NIH-funded initiative gives class credit, research experience and opportunities to present in front of judges to medical students entering their second year.
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Diversity Week coming soon
Join us for a series of events that celebrate our core values of diversity, inclusion and health equity.
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Research Day keynote to take place April 5
Marina Sirota, Ph.D., associate professor at Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute, University of California San Francisco, will deliver a keynote address April 5 from 3-4 p.m. in Communicore C1-017. The poster session will take place April 6 at the O'Connell Center.
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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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Dr. David Bloom named chair of Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

UF Professor David C. Bloom, Ph.D., was in high school when he first became fascinated by microbiology — viruses, specifically. His early attraction to science led him to become a nationally recognized virologist who developed novel therapies to treat herpes simplex virus, or HSV, and a leader in academics. Last week, College of Medicine Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., announced that Bloom will step into the role of chair of the department of molecular genetics and microbiology June 30.

Bloom will succeed Henry V. Baker, Ph.D., the Hazel Kitzman Professor and Chair, who is retiring after nearly 35 years as a faculty member in the college.

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Professor named head team physician for USA Swimming World Championships and Olympics

Katie M. Edenfield, M.D., a College of Medicine associate professor and UF Student Health Care Center provider, has been named the head team physician for USA Swimming for the 2022-23 FINA World Championships and the 2024 Olympics teams.

Edenfield, a team physician for the UF Athletic Association who also works as a team physician with USA Swimming, is a former collegiate swimmer at Florida and is board-certified in family medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. She has received a Foundation Research Grant Award from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine in addition to a Visiting Faculty Travel Grant by the Southeastern Conference.

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Dr. Mary Patterson named chair of Department of Emergency Medicine

Growing up, Mary D. Patterson, M.D., M.Ed., never pictured herself becoming a physician, but since childhood, she’s always had a curious mind and an inclination to find out how things work. Eventually, the values instilled from home led Patterson to medical school and a career as a pediatric emergency medicine physician, an accomplished medical educator, and as of this week, chair of the department of emergency medicine at the UF College of Medicine.

Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., announced March 16 that Patterson was selected for the leadership role after serving as interim chair since July 1.

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