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Engage, Innovate, Excel | 2026
Strategic plan initiative focuses on onboarding, retention of top talent
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With more than 100 faculty hired at the College of Medicine annually, the human resources and faculty affairs offices are joining forces to develop a comprehensive and inclusive onboarding program and provide tools that will set them up for success for years to come. The partnership has resulted in a suite of onboarding resources for the College of Medicine community, an effort recently developed as part of the people pillar of the strategic plan.

The project’s goal is to build upon the foundation the college already has in its onboarding materials and increase consistency across all 28 departments. The team working on this project has identified four phases for integrating a new employee into the college: preboarding, orientation, initial role development and enhanced performance development.

“We spend a lot of time and energy on recruitment, but many times, that person won’t begin in their role with us for several months,” said project co-champion Joey Goodman, SHRM-SCP, a College of Medicine HR business partner. “One of our first goals for this project was to establish that onboarding begins the day the offer letter is signed. At that point, we want to build upon the work we’ve been doing with recruitment and prepare the new employee and their family to come to the University of Florida and learn more about Gainesville.”

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UF College of Medicine celebrates second annual Gratitude Day
A collage of faculty, staff, students and trainees with colleagues holding alligator-shaped chocolates.

Sometimes, the best way to express appreciation for a valued friend or colleague is with a little something sweet. On the UF College of Medicine’s second annual Gratitude Day Oct. 19, college faculty, staff, students and trainees gifted special-made chocolates molded in the shape of an alligator to peers for whom they are grateful.

The initiative was designed to create and uphold an environment of teamwork and support among team members and to reward the college community for the positive impact they have on the people around them. Share in moments of gift exchange at the link below and see some of the love captured between friends, mentors and co-workers this Gratitude Day.

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UF researchers’ AI system gives doctors better insight into patients’ conditions
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Using data collected from patients’ vital signs, UF researchers have designed an artificial intelligence system that can accelerate and focus doctors’ decision-making during the crucial, early stages of hospitalization.

The algorithm works by taking torrents of data from six vital signs measured within six hours of hospital admission. It then focuses these data into one of four distinct clusters, giving doctors clearer, timelier and more accurate insight into a patient’s prognosis and likely medical outcomes. Within hours, the system can identify patients who may be at risk of poor outcomes.

“This system has the potential to speed up doctors’ decision-making as well as make it more accurate,” said Azra Bihorac, M.D., senior associate dean for research affairs at the UF College of Medicine and director of UF’s Intelligent Critical Care Center.

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Medicine takes PA alumnus from the football field to the legislator’s office
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Mike Nuccio, MPAS ’02, spent 10 years as a teacher, coach, athletic trainer and athletic director before setting his sights on becoming a physician assistant. Now the former president of the Florida Academy of PAs advocates for new policies to advance and improve the profession.
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Registration open for the UF 2023 Anesthesia Ski Summit
The summit is a combined ski and learn meeting taking place March 13-17 in Park City, Utah. The conference will feature morning and evening CME lectures allowing attendees to enjoy the ski slopes from open to close. Expert speakers will present interesting topics in anesthesiology.
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State of the College social media trivia winners selected
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UF pre-medical and anthropology student Karen Correa and second-year medical student Deja Blunt were randomly selected as the #StateofUFMed trivia competition winners from 12 participants who answered all three trivia questions correctly last month. Congratulations, learners!
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Academic health center faculty honored with endowed chairs or professorships

Surrounded by friends and family, some of the University of Florida’s most accomplished faculty members were formally recognized as endowed chairs and professors, receiving specially engraved chairs as a symbol of their dedication to medical education, research and leadership.

Thirty-three faculty members from the UF colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Medicine – Jacksonville, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health & Health Professions and Veterinary Medicine were honored at the 2022 Celebrating Distinction ceremony, which took place at the Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy Auditorium on Oct. 13.

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Biomedical sciences cohort celebrates student-mentor connections

In a cheerful ceremony celebrating community and support, 45 second-year doctoral candidates in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences gathered with their peers and professors Oct. 18 to recognize the importance of mentorship for building strong careers in scientific discovery.

Throughout their first year in the program, Ph.D. students rotate through three research labs to explore their field and find the faculty member and lab environment that best fits their interests. It is one of the most significant choices they make during their time at UF, said Thomas C. Rowe, Ph.D., the associate dean for graduate education. Celebrating the culmination of the mentor match process as a community also inspires younger students and provides a tantalizing glimpse into their future.

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Dr. Carol Mathews named chair of psychiatry

Carol Mathews, M.D., an internationally known clinician and translational researcher in the areas of obsessive-compulsive disorder, tic disorders and anxiety disorders, has been named chair of the department of psychiatry after serving as interim chair of the department since September 2021.

Among her current roles, Mathews is the Brooke Professor of Psychiatry, founding director of UF’s Center for OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorders, co-director of the UF Tourette Center of Excellence and founding and interim director of UF Health’s Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment, which opened in 2020. She has also served as the department’s vice chair for strategic development. Mathews takes the reins at a time of significant growth in the department’s clinical, teaching and research missions. 

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