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Department of Pediatrics takes pride in this year’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is the No. 1 children’s hospital in Florida and stands among the nation’s elite pediatric hospitals, according to the 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospital rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings are a testament to the faculty and staff in the College of Medicine’s department of pediatrics.

“This recognition reflects our deep, ongoing devotion to patient care, research and medical education,” said Desmond A. Schatz, M.D., interim chair of the department of pediatrics and physician-in-chief of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. “In every facet that can be measured there is a profound commitment to improving the lives of children.”

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Building a diverse research community

As part of its mission to cultivate honest and vulnerable conversations about race, the UF CTSI Diversity & Cultural Competence Council will host its second Black Voices in Research Storytelling Event Saturday, June 19.

The event aims to create a platform for Black biomedical researchers and research professionals to amplify their stories and help build and enrich UF’s diverse research community.

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College community gets 'focused' on planning

With Phase 1 now closed, the College of Medicine is currently in Phase 2 of the strategic planning process — the orange phase in this graphic. Representatives from the learners, administration and Advanced Practice Providers, or AAP, cohorts have participated in focus groups, targeting their discussion on dominant themes that surfaced from the survey and retreats in Phase 1. Focus groups with faculty members and trainees are planned for July and August.

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UF Health first in U.S. to implant new, advanced deep brain stimulation system
A UF Health team of neurosurgeons and neurologists became the first in the U.S. to use a new deep brain stimulation system designed to more precisely target motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and two other movement disorders.
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School of Physician Assistant Studies Commencement Ceremony
Tune in June 19 to see the class of 2021 graduate.
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Graduate student makes her mark early

As a Ph.D. student studying cancer biology at the College of Medicine, Mai Tanaka-Wakefield has a lot of opinions on the future of cancer research and earned the opportunity to share them with  lawmakers.

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PA students all smiles in white coats

The School of Physician Assistant Studies White Coat Ceremony, held June 4, was a celebration of the transition from didactic to clinical learning for the class of 2022.

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Their future is his legacy

Retired radiologist and College of Medicine alum Michael Lehtola, M.D., honors his parents and his alma mater with a transfomational gift to benefit medical students and advance research.

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