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Second annual Orange and Brew event brings learners and trainees together

Cups brimmed with caffeine, smiles spread among learners and trainees and Gator mascot Alberta provided a photo-op.

Behind the coffee counter, Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., dean of the UF College of Medicine, and David R. Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, donned custom aprons and chatted with students as they served lattes and teas.

In partnership with Opus Coffee, the UF College of Medicine hosted its second annual Orange and Brew event July 18 at UF Health Shands Hospital and July 20 at the UF Health Heart & Vascular and Neuromedicine hospitals, inviting students, postdocs, residents and fellows to enjoy a complimentary drink and interact with the College of Medicine community.

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Students use augmented reality technology to supplement anatomy dissections

It’s increasingly rare that medical schools teach anatomy with cadavers, let alone combine their use with new technologies to enhance the learning process.

At the UF College of Medicine, students have the chance to learn the structures and processes of the human body using these different but complementary methods, thanks to grants that have provided the lab with three augmented reality lenses, Microsoft’s HoloLens 2. 

“By accommodating these different modalities of learning, students can have more perspective and depth during their anatomy instruction,” said Kyle Rarey, Ph.D., a professor of anatomy and cell biology.

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Learners and trainees dive into coding with new AI boot camp

Trading their pens and dissection equipment for keyboards, a group of two dozen UF College of Medicine students gathered earlier this summer inside a computer lab to learn more about the data-crunching technology that is impacting clinical care and research. 

A new Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp created by the UF College of Medicine’s Office of Research Affairs is making it easier for students and trainees to learn the basics of AI and how to incorporate its tools into their research and practice. The fast-paced, multiday group training sessions — combined with the college’s growing field of AI expert faculty members and partnerships with enterprising technology companies like NVIDIA — are just the latest way the College of Medicine is pushing the boundaries of medical research and training.

“This boot camp is a quick way for people with absolutely no AI or coding experience to get up to speed and to a level where they will be able to contribute to real-world AI research,” said Benjamin Shickel, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of medicine and one of the boot camp’s co-directors.

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A passion for protecting biodiversity with insects
Aaron T. Dossey, Ph.D. ’06, focuses on protecting life on Earth through insect research. This interest stems from his childhood and grew with his time spent as a student in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology, where he worked on invertebrates.
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UF College of Medicine community recommends summer reads
On World Book Day, the College of Medicine community shared what books captured their free time. From memoirs to fiction to self-help books, this list provides 10 titles that could join you during your summer activities.
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Coming soon: Annual State of the College address
Tune in Sept. 23 to learn about the past year's advancements under the strategic plan's seven pillars; successes from community and university engagement efforts; student, faculty and trainee updates and more.
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Arts programs enrich lives of patients, providers and students through creative expression

UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine, or AIM, was co-founded in 1990 by College of Medicine professor, clinician and poet John Graham-Pole, M.D., and Mary Rockwood Lane, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN.

The multidisciplinary organization focuses on transforming health care environments through the arts and was one of the first programs of its kind in the U.S. In the 32 years since its start, it has grown into an international leader in the field of arts in health care. The program was recently featured on PBS NewsHour’s arts and culture series, Canvas, for its innovative approach.

“This program really enriches the lives of our patients,” said Bill Slayton, M.D. ’92, division chief of pediatric hematology and oncology. “I think it’s one of the crown jewels of our hospital and our UF system.”

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Dr. Eric Rosenberg named associate dean for continuing medical education

As a medical student in Tampa, Eric Rosenberg, M.D., MSPH, FACP, was drawn to the world of internal medicine, where he found he could make a difference in patients’ lives by focusing on the way different organ systems interact to affect holistic health.

In addition to working as an attending physician at UF Health Shands Hospital, Rosenberg is currently the UF College of Medicine’s division chief for general internal medicine, a professor in the department of medicine and the associate chief medical officer for UF Health Shands. On Aug. 2, he will take on another role: associate dean for continuing medical education. Rosenberg, who joined the UF faculty in 2000, has long enjoyed teaching physician audiences. He has done so at the local, regional and national level through his work at UF and with professional organizations.

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UF Health appoints chief data scientist

Jiang Bian, Ph.D., a professor and director of cancer informatics and Ehealth core with the department of health outcomes and biomedical informatics, has been named UF Health chief data scientist, with a goal of aiding researchers as they move into a new frontier of using biomedical informatics to improve health care policy and practice.

Bian will develop and support data scientists across data types and diseases, help improve research infrastructure, and expand data science and translational science research endeavors. He will also work to develop a hub for computational health sciences with other stakeholders to advance data science and artificial intelligence research. A self-described “data junkie,” he has dedicated his career to creating user-friendly tools to help clinicians make more informed decisions to benefit quality care.

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