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Medical school class of 2024 celebrates resilience at White Coat Ceremony

During UF’s 24th annual Mark S. Gold, M.D. '75, Distinguished Professor and Alumnus White Coat Ceremony on Sunday at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 155 members of the medical school class of 2024 received their own bright, freshly pressed white coats, which they will don during their clinical rotations for their final two years of medical school.

In her remarks, College of Medicine Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., noted that when the medical students put on their white coats, they step into the role of an advocate for their patients, a teammate to colleagues and a lifelong learner.

“Your white coat is a signal to your community that you are an individual who upholds the ideals of honesty, integrity and compassion, and I have full confidence that you will work each day to earn the honor and responsibility of serving patients,” she said. “You will form remarkable bonds on this path and will no doubt make a profound impact on the lives of others.”

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Mobile Outreach Clinic receives first prize at Florida Blue Foundation’s 2022 Sapphire Awards

The University of Florida Mobile Outreach Clinic received a $100,000 first-place award in the program category from the Florida Blue Foundation at the 2022 Sapphire Awards ceremony May 4 in Orlando.

The clinic received the award in recognition of its impactful programming over the past 11 years that has provided best practice medical care and social service care coordination at no cost to low-income residents who do not have health insurance.

In 2021, the clinic increased access to telehealth, built a “street medicine program” to provide care for the unsheltered homeless, increased the number of community health workers and continued its daily clinic care.

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MD class of 2022 gears up for commencement

Graduates from the newest class of Gator MDs are about to sign their names to the Hippocratic Oath and join the field of medicine as new doctors. A ceremony in celebration of the students is planned at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on May 21, marking the end of their medical school careers and the start of new beginnings and opportunities.

The Gator Nation is invited to watch the ceremony virtually on Saturday, May 21 — the event will be livestreamed beginning at 9 a.m.

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First-in-human clinical trial to test a form of immunotherapy as a brain tumor treatment set to launch this fall
UF researchers have received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to test an investigational new therapy in a first-in-human clinical trial for participants with primary glioblastoma, the most aggressive malignant brain tumor.
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Dean hosts lunch series for faculty members to discuss diversity and inclusion initiatives
The College of Medicine’s Diversity and Inclusion Lunch and Learn Series kicked off last month. The quarterly event allows diverse faculty groups​ to ideate ways to become a more diverse and inclusive college.
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New UF email retention policy explained
As of July 1, the university’s email retention policy will go into effect for remaining UF email inboxes, including UF Health. Emails sent or received are retained for three years from creation or receipt.
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Dr. Patrick Tighe named associate dean for AI application & implementation

Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S., who holds the Donn M. Dennis, M.D., Professorship in Anesthetic Innovation, has been named associate dean for AI application & implementation at the UF College of Medicine.

In this role, Tighe will leverage his experience in AI to improve understanding of clinical operations and patient safety using advanced analytical methods. He will also work with others throughout the college to improve the accessibility and impact of AI methods in support of the college’s missions, including the safe and effective implementation of AI solutions into clinical care.

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MD-PhD student honored with two UF Presidential Service Awards

Mathew Sebastian, a member of the UF College of Medicine’s MD-PhD Training Program, was honored with two UF Presidential Service Awards at a ceremony last month.

Sebastian’s service work has included volunteering in the Dominican Republic, at the UF Equal Access Clinic Network and with the White Coat Company, a group that holds performances for patients at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and Tacachale Center. The fourth-year medical student is also the founding chair of UF’s MD-PhD Scholar Council and a former member of the Student Advocacy Committee at the College of Medicine.

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Dr. Ryan Nall receives 2022 Hippocratic Award

At the UF College of Medicine, the graduating medical school class annually honors one instructor with a special award named for one of history’s great teachers, Hippocrates.

During a ceremony at the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building on May 10, Ryan Nall, M.D. '08, was announced as this year's Hippocratic Faculty Award winner. He previously won the award in 2018.

“I’d like to thank the class of 2022,” he said. “It has been your thoughtful care for patients every day that keeps me going, and It’s your commitment to patient care that I think is going to push you forward in your careers. It’s been an honor to work with you, and I wish you all the best of luck in the next phase of your training. I know you will make us proud.”

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