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College to create training program for patient quality and safety

College of Medicine faculty who recently underwent training geared toward improving the quality and safety of health care are now applying what they’ve learned to new projects in Gainesville. Their goal: to develop a training program that will elevate care across the state, region and nation.

As part of a strategic plan project, faculty previously received training in the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program, or CUSP, methodology, which seeks to improve the culture of patient safety by providing health teams with tools and support to address patient-safety hazards. During the next phase of CUSP implementation, the project team is developing a training program where UF faculty will share their expertise with other institutions.

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Department spotlight: UF Health Shands Children's Hospital earns verification for achieving highest standards of pediatric staff, resources and equipment
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University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital has been verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 pediatric trauma center, one of fewer than 20 in the nation. The verification means that the hospital meets the ACS’s highest standards for staff, resources and equipment to optimally handle a child’s life-threatening injuries.

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital has long had a state-issued designation as a Level 1 trauma center, meaning it handles the most complex pediatric injury cases. The ACS verification delves much deeper into the inner workings of a trauma center, including how it executes continuous quality improvement and has an array of specialists available.

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Biomedical sciences students launch internship program
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Building off an idea established by a program alumna, two Ph.D. candidates in the College of Medicine's Biomedical Sciences Program have teamed up to launch a biomedical sciences career development internship program that gives their peers a chance to explore different fields and build connections.

The internship program seeks to enrich students’ understanding of how science can be applied in industry to develop new technologies, find innovative solutions and collaborate across teams.

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Tune into the Fall 2023 Academic Artificial Intelligence Symposium
Join educators, students, researchers, administrators and industry experts exploring the transformative power of AI in higher education in a Zoom presentation on Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Join us for the 2023 State of the College address later this month
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The 2023 State of the College address will take place Sept. 29 from 7-8 a.m. at the Harrell Medical Education Building. In-person and livestream viewing will be available.
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UF Health Shands Hospital named among best cancer hospitals by Newsweek, Statista

UF Health Shands Hospital has been recognized among the nation’s best cancer hospitals, according to the America’s Best Cancer Hospitals 2023 list by Newsweek and Statista.

The America’s Best Cancer Hospitals ranking is new this year. The underlying data analysis is based on three data sources: a nationwide online survey of health care professionals and hospital managers; hospital quality metrics; and results from patient experience surveys.

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UF researchers create powerful cancer-targeting compound

A team of UF medicinal chemists and cancer biologists has created a chemical compound that powerfully and selectively helped cells dispose of proteins that cause cancer cells to grow.

In laboratory testing in breast cancer cells, the compound, known as YX968, demonstrated effectiveness in targeting unwanted proteins in cancer cells and recycling them from the cell — all without harming healthy gene expression.

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Lyrics for Life boosts UF Health pediatric cancer research

Pediatric cancer research will get a boost, thanks to a gift to the UF College of Medicine from a band with local roots.

The Lyrics for Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by the platinum-selling band Sister Hazel, and Stop Children’s Cancer Inc. presented a $100,000 check to Paul Castillo, M.D., an assistant professor in the division of pediatric hematology and oncology.

“This support is extremely important in getting closer to a cure for pediatric cancer,” Castillo said. “Thank you to those who play a critical role in our mission.”

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