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UF | College of Medicine - University of Florida
Engage, Innovate, Excel | 2026
Welcome to the College of Medicine Community Newsletter

I am pleased to share the first issue of our new biweekly newsletter, designed to provide our faculty, staff and students with the latest news and events from the UF College of Medicine. My goal is to keep you informed of the amazing achievements taking place every day at the college and to keep you involved as we work together to advance medical and health science education, research and patient care.

If you have feedback or suggestions, please let me know how we can best serve you in the area of college-wide communications.

Colleen G. Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

Engage, Innovate, Excel

The UF College of Medicine is charting a course for the next five years with the launch of an exciting comprehensive strategic planning process. Designed to take a grassroots approach, the planning will rely on input and ideas from faculty, students, staff and trainees across the college.

Learn more about the process »
Accelerating research and medical decision-making

A collaboration with NVIDIA researchers and UF has created GatorTron™, an artificial intelligence transformer natural language processing model intended to accelerate research and medical decision-making by extracting insights from massive volumes of clinical data with unprecedented speed and clarity.

GatorTron and AI for research »
Bridge: Empathy Corner
April is National Donate Life Month. This month, we recognize the importance of organ donation through one woman’s story of two transplants.
Read Deborah's story »
Submit your research to the Research Promotion Initiative
Submit your accepted but unpublished academic research papers for the UF media team to promote your research at UF and to national and international press.
Submit your research »
Student's volunteerism featured in AAPA
Portrait of Jasity Rush.
PA student Jasity Rush describes the value of volunteering with UF’s Equal Access Clinic for the American Academy of PAs.
Read it on AAPA »
» April Wellness Calendar
» Get to Know Your GatorCare Wellness Team
» Doctor Gator News
» UF Health News
» Florida Physician Magazine
» UF Health Med Matters
» UF Health MedEd Cast (podcast)
A grid of six people posing for portraits while wearing face masks.
We celebrate our diversity

“My job is to provide residents and fellows with a robust exposure to patient care so they can be the best physicians they can be," said Kassandra Moench, fellowship coordinator from the Department of Surgery. Find out what the faculty, staff and students had to say about diversity, inclusion and health equity during this year’s Celebration of Diversity Week.

Celebrate with us »
Lou Oberndorf, Doctor Li-Ming Su and Rosemary Oberndorf pose for a photo while wearing face masks.
Grateful and committed

When Lou Oberndorf reflects on his time at UF Health Shands Hospital being cared for by Li-Ming Su, M.D., professor and chair of the UF Department of Urology, the word "miracle" comes to mind. Oberndorf’s experiences inspired him and his wife, Rosemary, to establish The Lou and Rosemary Oberndorf Prostate Cancer Innovation Fund.

Read Lou's story »
Congrats, Dr. Merlo

Lisa Merlo, Ph.D., was selected as part of the Research Promotion Initiative to have her research featured by UF in the media. The university’s Research Promotion Initiative supports faculty for bringing their research to the news room, before it’s published. Read how UF’s Strategic Communications team described Dr. Merlo’s work.

Read the story »
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