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College launches new platform for faculty mentoring and development
Doctor Bizon looks at a computer with a lab member.

After nearly a year of development, the UF College of Medicine recently launched the Faculty Mentorship Resource Center, a centralized online hub where faculty can access key college resources and connect with mentors to receive personalized coaching to aid their professional development.

The center, created as part of the people pillar of the college’s strategic plan, aims to cultivate a community for faculty through an online dashboard, hosted by Chronus, that promotes a workplace culture of growth and collaboration. The peer-to-peer platform, the first of what will be three Chronus portals within the center, allows prospective mentors and mentees to build an online profile and find matches based on shared interests.

“People are at the heart of the organization and our goal is to create an inclusive environment where our faculty can experience professional growth and development,” said Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the department of neuroscience. “The Faculty Mentorship Resource Center is structured to break down departmental barriers and match individuals across the college and help them find the people who can help them be successful.”

Visit to create a Chronus account and sign up for the Faculty Mentorship Resource Center.

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UF Health strives for sustainability in the hospital setting
Three colleagues stand beside an Earth Day poster in the hospital atrium.

At the UF College of Medicine and UF Health Shands, faculty and staff have prioritized sustainability for years, eliminating waste, rehauling procedures and discovering new opportunities to be eco-friendly each step of the way.

“As clinicians, we vow to take care of our patients and we vow to do no harm; I always say we should do no harm not only to our patients but to the environment as well,” said Lauren Berkow, M.D., FASA, a professor of anesthesiology and chief of the division of neuroanesthesiology at UF. “Clinicians play a really important role in educating our patients about how to be healthier and more sustainable, and we need to practice it ourselves and help the hospital reduce its carbon footprint.”

Berkow is a clinical sustainability champion at UF and co-chair of the UF Health Sustainability Committee with Tedd Comerford, associate vice president of supply chain services at UF Health Shands. Their leadership, along with support and dedication from the UF Office of Sustainability and stakeholders throughout the academic health center, has helped increase awareness of eco-friendly activities, save money and protect the environment.

In recognition of that impact, UF Health Shands Hospital has received environmental excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care, four years in a row.

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College faculty, students and alumni prioritize acts of service
Two preteen girls practice chest compressions on a child patient simulator in a mock operating room. Five other preteens watch them particpate.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” 

These words, spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., urge communities to come together and work toward a better world, acting as a reminder that a life worth living is spent in the service of others.

Whether as individuals caring for family, friends and neighbors or as a community serving students, patients, colleagues and the region, faculty, staff, learners, trainees and alumni at the College of Medicine create lasting value through their daily efforts to make the world better. Here, a few members of the college community discuss the service projects they participate in and the importance of giving back in their own words.

Members of the Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery participate in monthly community service projects, launched by Brian Hoh, M.D., M.B.A., when he became chair in 2018. “It’s a way for faculty, staff, trainees and students to roll up their sleeves and work side by side to help our community in a setting where there is no hierarchy,” Hoh said. “We’re all part of the team giving back.”

During the 2022 College of Medicine Celebration of Diversity Week, the college hosted a panel discussion featuring community leaders and advocates, who shared their thoughts on what the college and UF Health are doing well to address equity and inclusion among the community and potential collaborations in the future that can drive greater progress.

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Alumna enhances support systems, educational experiences of residents and fellows
Julia Close.
After completing her own training at the College of Medicine, Julia Close, M.D. ’01, M.B.A., FACP, sets her sights on helping the next generation of residents and fellows as the senior associate dean of graduate medical education.
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Visual abstract templates now available for College of Medicine faculty
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The college now provides visual abstract templates for sharing research impact with peers and the public. Visual abstracts leverage illustrations, iconography and flow-chart graphics to explain studies in a digestible way and communicate the overall goal and outcomes of any given research project.
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Researchers collaborate, win grants at inaugural AI2Heal Datathon
A group of faculty, staff and students watch a presentation in a lecture hall.
UF colleagues recently came together to learn more about the ways faculty are using artificial intelligence in medical research, with some teams earning grants for their efforts. The inaugural AI2Heal Datathon, held Jan. 12-13, showcased work from 16 AI researchers across campus.
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NSF workshop on AI governance to take place Feb. 6-7
The College of Public Health and Health Professions, Warrington College of Business and College of Medicine are partnering on a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop in Jacksonville Beach focused on AI governance in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Virtual viewing is available.
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College of Medicine welcomes new associate vice president for advancement

Throughout every stage of her career, in fields as varied as collegiate and professional sports, higher education and academic medicine, Kim Metzger has strived to connect the passions of donors with causes that matter.

Now, Metzger will bring her expertise to Gainesville as the new associate vice president for advancement for the UF College of Medicine, a position she begins Feb. 8. In her new role, Metzger will oversee the College of Medicine’s fundraising programs and serve as a key member of the UF Health Advancement leadership teams. Along with overseeing high-level portfolios and principal gift prospects, she will collaborate with key partners relating to patients, finance, stewardship and communications.

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A faculty member and two students stand in front of a new keyboard in the music room.
Medical students gifted new Maren Reading Room keyboard

During a rigorous medical education program, your brain sometimes needs a break from studying to retain swaths of information. A trip to the Thomas H. Maren Medical Student Reading Room, a relaxing space with pingpong tables, hangout spots and musical instruments, is one such way UF medical students can take that much-needed pause. Students were recently gifted a new keyboard that will complement the room’s piano and allow more percussionists to flex their creativity on campus.

The new keyboard will also be used for upcoming performances such as Gators Got Talent, a competition taking place Feb. 10 at the University Auditorium featuring College of Medicine students, who will be judged by a panel of faculty. Donations raised during the free event will support the Lupus Foundation of America.

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UF Health leads way in robotic joint replacement system

University of Florida Health became one of the first large academic health centers in the Southeast to begin using a robot-assisted system in total knee replacement surgeries that eliminates the need for a CT scan while improving precision and patient outcomes.

UF Health orthopaedic surgeons began using the CORI Surgical System developed by Smith & Nephew, a global medical technology company, last January.

“This is frontier technology that is really going to advance the specialty in a significant way,” said Chancellor F. Gray, M.D., the William Petty Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UF College of Medicine’s department of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine.

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