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College faculty highlight importance of early intervention in stroke care with launch of mobile treatment units
A blue emergency vehicle is parked outdoors in front of trees. It includes an illustration of a brain and reads, "Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit, U-F Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center."

With involvement from Anna Khanna, M.D., the medical director of the UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center and an assistant professor of neurology, and Brian Hoh, M.D., M.B.A., chair of the Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery, UF Health will roll out its first mobile stroke treatment unit in July, enabling patients to receive immediate stroke care, even before they can be transported to a treatment center. The initiative was announced June 5 in an event outside of the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building.

The units will include a diagnostic CT scanner, clot-busting drugs such as tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, medications given intravenously to lower high blood pressure, medications used to reverse the effects of bleeding inside the brain, and telemedicine equipment. Ambulances will be staffed by a team that includes a stroke-trained health provider, a CT technologist, an EMT driver and a paramedic, as well as a neurologist specializing in stroke care, who will be available via telemedicine.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to enhance our patient care efforts,” Hoh said. “The mobile stroke treatment unit allows us to bring stroke care to the patient and save precious time in our efforts to preserve brain function.”

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Medical students gain artificial intelligence experience through Research and Discovery Pathways Program
A student looks into a microscope with a computer in the foreground showing data.

Every day, millions of patient data points are captured by physicians and their teams, providing insights into medical histories, predispositions and health trajectories that can be valuable in driving medical decisions. Understanding how this data is collected and synthesized is an important component of that decision-making process.

With these goals in mind, the UF College of Medicine is taking steps to prepare its physicians-in-training to remain curious and informed through its artificial intelligence in medicine track of the Research and Discovery Pathways Program, which aims to teach students the main domains relevant to AI in medicine and introduce them to the tools used to develop and interpret results.

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A symbol of hope and help
Group photo of all 60 members of the U-F School of P-A Studies class of 2024 standing outside on the U-F College of Medicine campus wearing their new white coats.

Faculty and loved ones applauded as distinguished directors and staff placed personalized white coats on each student’s shoulders to mark their transition from didactic education to clinical training at the 16th annual UF School of PA Studies white coat ceremony, which took place June 2 at the UF Health Professions, Nursing & Pharmacy Auditorium.

Students celebrated this milestone in their new uniforms at an exciting time for the PA school, which commemorated its 50th anniversary last fall and was recognized as being in the top 5% of PA programs across the country by U.S. News & World Report this spring.

“You’ll remember this day as your hard work is taking you to the next stage of your education,” UF College of Medicine Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., told students. “Once you put on your white coat, you step into the role of an advocate for your patients, a teammate to your colleagues and a lifelong learner.”

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State of the College scheduled for September
Faculty, staff, students and trainees are invited to reflect on the successes of the past year during the 2023 State of the College address Sept. 29 from 7-8 a.m.
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Faculty member recognized among the top in her field
Heather Vincent stands with her arms crossed and smiles at the camera.
Heather Vincent, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, stands among the top 2% of researchers in her field based on the number of times her work is cited in studies by other scientists, according to an international survey by PLOS Biology.
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Raising Hope at Work campaign returns
The Raising Hope at Work employee giving campaign for UF College of Medicine and UF Health faculty and staff represents a continued commitment to caring for each other and our community. Returning this year, participants can choose any fund to support.
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UF Health Shands Hospital recognized for leadership in environmental sustainability

UF Health Shands Hospital has been honored for the fifth year in a row by Practice Greenhealth, a leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

The hospital earned two awards for 2023 — the Greenhealth Emerald Award and the Greening the OR Circles of Excellence Award.

The Circles of Excellence Awards celebrate hospitals that not only earned an award for all-around sustainability achievement but have also been identified as the top-scoring programs for each sustainability category.

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Megan Still.
Neurosurgery resident awarded Fulbright fellowship to improve care in West Africa

After spending the last year virtually connecting with government and community leaders, one College of Medicine resident will soon travel 5,000 miles to West Africa to help bring much-needed neurosurgery resources to a public hospital.

Megan Still, M.D., a fourth-year neurosurgery resident in the Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery, has been awarded a Fulbright Program fellowship to conduct a needs assessment at a hospital in Sierra Leone. While there, Still will collaborate with local leaders to help establish the first public neurosurgery department in a city where this kind of specialization is not currently available. 

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University of Florida College of Medicine physician assistant student Jonathan Ooten smiling in a white coat and wearing a stethoscope around his neck in front of the Harrell Medical Education Building.
Road to graduation: Jonathan Ooten

On June 17, students from the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies class of 2023 will cross the stage at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and receive their degrees, surrounded by loved ones and peers.

One member of the class of 2023, Jonathan Ooten, always knew he wanted to pursue a career as a PA. But while completing his undergraduate studies, he discovered a passion for education that led him to teach high school science for five years before returning to the medical field. After graduation, he will begin caring for patients in a primary care practice as a member of the National Health Service Corps. He looks forward to continuing to build upon his love of education in the future by mentoring PA students as a lecturer or preceptor.

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