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Engage, Innovate, Excel | 2026
Breaking down barriers to improve accessibility

Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, M.D., M.S., the director of student accessibility and accommodation services at the University of Michigan, virtually joined the UF College of Medicine in a dean’s grand rounds conversation April 10 to share his story and provide insights on how to improve accessibility for communities in relation to health care. By actively thinking about the ways we can embrace accessibility for people with varying levels of mobility, hearing, sight and more, he said, we can suggest improvements and hold people — including ourselves — accountable to provide better opportunities.

Several projects at the UF College of Medicine improve the ability for groups of people with different skills to become involved as members of the health care work force, such as Project SEARCH, and increase access to care among vulnerable community members, such at the UF Mobile Outreach Clinic and Equal Access Clinic.

Donna Parker, M.D., the UF College of Medicine associate dean for diversity and health equity, said Okanlami’s passion for accessibility and teaching others serves as an inspiration for the UF Medicine community members who are also interested in serving others.

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Overcoming imposter syndrome: Dr. Jennifer Hunt shares insight and advice as students embark on residency training
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For many students and professionals experiencing pervasive self-doubt in the health care field, the name commonly given to this phenomenon reinforces a false belief that they are frauds or imposters undeserving of the success they’ve built. This experience can affect anyone, especially during times of immense professional change, like graduating from medical school and beginning residencies or internships — something thousands of students from the University of Florida College of Medicine and around the world will experience in the coming months.

In reality, having imposter syndrome is a disconnect in how you view yourself versus how your friends, family and colleagues view you, said Jennifer Hunt, M.D., M.Ed., chief of staff for UF Health Shands and chair of the department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine at the College of Medicine.

“Our medical students are about to go into residencies, and they will step into being the least experienced person on the team. My advice is to remember that you are supposed to be the least experienced person on the team. Give yourself grace in those moments of learning; embrace the experience of being new at something, and try to enjoy a period of discomfort from the tremendous growth," she said.

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ELEVATE initiative aims to ensure success and future growth of college

When Tammy Williams, M.H.A., and Scott Sumner, M.B.A., were appointed as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for the University of Florida College of Medicine in late 2021, they were given one primary assignment: review the college’s financial and administrative infrastructure to understand opportunities to align governance, increase operational efficiencies, enhance financial stewardship and better serve the departments and support the college’s growth and goals as outlined by its five-year strategic plan.

To fulfill this need, project champions Williams and Sumner, along with project manager Mindy Pulliam, who works as the assistant director of operations for the college, embarked on a comprehensive evaluation of current structures and systems with assistance from Huron Consulting.

After a monthslong review informed by the college community, with a 91% participation rate from finance and administration stakeholders, the assessment process resulted in recommendations to more efficiently and effectively deliver administrative support services to departments in alignment with the college’s priorities. The resulting plan, called ELEVATE, or Efficient Leverage Engagement Value Align Trust Empower, launched April 20 and will lead to opportunities to improve efficiency and optimization of budget management, while emphasizing a sense of unity among the college community.

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Alumna selected as part of 2023 class of UF’s 40 Under 40 honorees
Lauren Reoma, M.D. ’11, a staff clinician and director of the Clinical Trials Unit at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, was recently recognized as a member of the 2023 cohort of the University of Florida’s 40 Under 40 honorees.
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Watch medical school class of 2025 White Coat Ceremony, live!
On April 30 at 2 p.m., students from the UF College of Medicine’s class of 2025 will receive their white coats on stage at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
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Introduction to the LabArchives Research Edition Notebook
UF has purchased an enterprise license for the LabArchives Research Notebook for use by faculty, researchers, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students in performing research activities. Join a 60-minute webinar April 25 at 3 p.m. for information on how to start using Lab Archives.
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UF Diabetes Institute director to be honored by the American Diabetes Association
Mark Atkinson, Ph.D., is the recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s 2023 Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes.
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Track progress of initiatives under the strategic plan’s seven pillars.
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UF College of Medicine celebrates 48th annual Medical Guild Research Symposium

In a world of rapid discovery and perplexing health care mysteries, doctoral students in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences are making an impact as they tackle today’s biggest medical questions.

Eight graduate students presented their thesis research to an audience of peers, mentors and colleagues during the 48th annual Medical Guild Research Symposium on April 12 in the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building. Competing for bronze, silver and gold prizes of $1,000-$2,500 endowed by the UF Medical Guild Inc., each student represented their biomedical sciences concentration to a panel of faculty judges. Their research explored new therapies, imaging techniques and analyses of complex and deadly conditions, like diabetes, metastatic cancer and hypertension.

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UF Health launches AI research initiative in radiology

Using artificial intelligence tools to make radiologists’ work more precise and efficient is the goal as UF College of Medicine and UF Health researchers embark on an academic-industry collaboration.

The research alliance between UF Health and Nuance Communications will be used to help develop and optimize AI-based solutions that improve quality and safety while helping radiologists work quickly and more effectively.

“We intend to accelerate development of solutions that enable seamless integration of AI into clinical practice. Those improvements will provide higher quality, cost-effective processes for improving patient care,” said Reza Forghani, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of radiology and artificial intelligence in the UF College of Medicine and vice chair of AI.

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College donates tree cuttings from descendant of tree Hippocrates taught under to medical schools around the U.S.

Beneath the scaling bark and broad green leaves of a plane tree, medical students at the UF College of Medicine have honored the Hippocratic Oath and beloved clinical faculty members who best exemplify its ethics of humanism, professionalism and teaching prowess for 54 years.

These celebrations have stood in the shadow of the father of modern medicine since 1969, when the graduating class and university worked with American and Greek consulates to receive six cuttings from a plane tree, commonly known in the U.S. as a sycamore, on the Greek island of Kos that is widely believed to be the same tree, or a descendant of the tree, under which Hippocrates taught medical students. UF is now sharing this deeply rooted history by donating new, genetically identical cuttings so that other medical schools around the U.S. can plant their own Hippocratic trees. 

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